Event Preview: Junction 2 Festival Launch Party, Tobacco Dock, London

Junction 2 is fast cementing its position as the UK’s ‘go-to’ one-day techno festival. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight has news on their festival launch event, featuring Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz and more.

Junction 2 is fast cementing its position as the UK’s ‘go-to’ one-day techno festival. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight has news on their festival launch event, featuring Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz and more.

One day festivals are becoming very much de rigueur with the passing of each festival season. London’s Junction 2, however, stands out from its peers in several respects. Not only does the festival attract artists from the upper echelon of the techno hierarchy (Carl Cox is going b2b with Adam Beyer this year, for example), but their choice of location is second-to-none, choosing the leafy green Boston Manor Park, which is surrounded by looming, industrial juxtapositions. Perfect for a bit of techno, then.

Organisers are, this weekend (February 10th), celebrating 2018’s festival with an all-star cast at their launch party, to be held at London’s Tobacco Dock. Split into three separate arenas, electronic music fans will be spoilt for choice as a host of the biggest names on the techno scene gather to whet the appetite of Junction 2 fans.

The Great Gallery will be hosting none other than Drumcode‘s head man Adam Beyer, who will be going back-to-back with label mainstay, Ida Engberg. Joining them will be the mighty Italian duo, Mind Against, alongside Hypercolour founders, Dense & Pika. The techno will be full-on from this lot, so prepare to get sweaty.

In contrast to the heavy techno vibes in the Great Gallery, the smaller Gallery room will be playing host to a slightly more relaxed atmosphere. The room is set to be headlined by trio, Apollonia. Consisting of Dan Ghenacia, Shonky, and Dyed Soundorom, you are guaranteed some genuinely wobbly house fayre to get your ass moving. Also on the Gallery bill are Swiss artist, Sonja Moonear, house heavyweight William Djoko, and Moroccan house bastion, Amine K.

If you prefer your techno with a twist, then The Car Park is the area for you. трип will be represented by Siberian techno paragon, Nina Kraviz, who will hopefully be spinning her usual weird and wonderful range of sounds for our listening pleasure. Also, in the Car Park, we have some very special guests in the form of Modeselektor, who will no doubt rival Kraviz in extolling the sublime in equal measure with the ridiculous in terms of their diverse track selection. Joining them will be Hotflush label owner, Scuba, and LSD, who you may just recognise as Luke SlaterSteve Bicknell, and Function.

Obviously this is an awesome line-up and not one to be missed. If you haven’t bagged yourself a ticket yet, then we suggest you go here now and grab yourself one, as they are close to selling out. See you down the front!

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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