One of London’s most remarkable festivals return to its unlikely spot under the M4 this month.
Now in its third year, Junction 2 has settled into its home in the leafy surrounds of Boston Manor Park. Nestled beneath the motorway and the towering GlaxoSmithKline building, the festival on Saturday June 9th is organised by LWE (London Warehouse Events). Founded seven years ago to deliver underground music to discerning fans in some of London’s most unusual locations, the goal with Junction 2 is to recreate the intensity of a club environment in an outdoor setting.
Despite a few raised eyebrows, the woodlands of Boston Manor Park always seemed a natural fit for the festival, says Paul Jack. The Ealing native and LWE co-founder remembers playing in the river and grass of the park as a child. “We knew the M4 site would be a challenge,” Paul adds with a laugh. “But it was our opportunity to create a festival that is more than just a bunch of tents in a field.”
One benefit of setting up under the M4 is that it has no volume restrictions. “That is a significant advantage over other London festivals,” he says. Spread out over the festival’s five stages, this year’s line-up includes British dance music pioneer Carl Cox, Russian DJ and producer Nina Kraviz, Joy Orbison and Scuba.
Over his many years as a promoter and event organiser, his focus has always been underground electronic dance music. “The market was dominated by clubs,” Paul adds. “But as artists and labels got bigger they were outgrowing the traditional spaces. The artists started to want their own events and experiences. So, we set out to find locations that could be used to deliver something unique.”
This search has led their parties to the failed shopping centre in Tobacco Dock, as well as the Great Suffolk Street warehouse in Southwark. The largest is Junction 2 with its capacity of 13,500. It is set to sell out again and remain on a profitable footing after organisers lost £300,000 in its first year.
“It was the best £300k we’ve ever lost,” Paul admits. “You can see the level of production and expenditure we put into the event. It’s our pride and joy.”
The Bridge stage
ADAM BEYER B2B CARL COX
The Hex stage
TALE OF US
MAYA JANE COLES
The Pavilion stage
DIXON B2B ÂME (six-hour set)
The Warehouse stage
LSD LUKE SLATER, STEVE BICKNELL & FUNCTION
SCUBA PRESENTS SCB
DENSE & PIKA
The Woods stage
SONJA MOONEAR B2B NICOLAS LUTZ
Junction 2 returns to Boston Manor Park on June 9th