Festival season is upon us “weather” we like it or not. Junction 2 organisers were happy that the rain held off on Saturday but it wouldn’t have mattered…they absolutely knocked it out of the park.
… Boston Manor Park, to be more specific. The use of this venue was nothing short of genius. There was ample space to manoeuvre around the site, complete with; three stages and woodland passages leading to bars, chill-out zones and food stalls. Make no mistake though it was hectic in all the right places. The clever stage times, crowd control and site management meant that the first ever Junction 2 festival felt as if it was in its fifth year.
In the lead up to the festival, Junction 2 communicated a very clear message: “great sound, high-end production, an attention to detail, no short sets, no VIP, no plastic tents, like-minded people and a music policy focused on techno.” They certainly delivered this on the day. The good people at Junction 2 and Vision Seven provided us with a few great pictures to help you visualise the madness:
Each stage was unique and they all deserve a mention – here are some of our highlights;
This massive tent was the closest stage to the entrance. The one in, one out system for the pit was brilliant and it basically meant that if you patiently wait at the barrier for a few minutes you could get up close and personal with the DJ, similar to an intimate boiler room set with the added atmosphere of thousands of ravers filling out the massive tent.
Here’s a clip of Mr. G showing the adoring crowd that his mixing is up there with the best and his showmanship is next level:
Âme provided some excellent teasing build up and blew the roof off the place. It was really amazing having so much room to dance directly in front of the DJ booth. Shit gets real after about 40 seconds in this video:
This stage had darkness as its defining feature as it was a day festival. This gave the stage a pumping night club like feel regardless of the time you were in there. The production in here was also particularly impressive as the setting was slightly more compact and the sound and lighting was all encompassing. Here’s a short clip from when Dense & Pika and Nina Kravitz were all behind the decks.
This stage was bananas, an utterly bonkers set up that allowed thousands of partiers to be stretched out over 500 meters beneath the M4. The massive bridge over the crowd was such a unique feature of the festival and it seemed to add to the sound quality at the stage as no matter where you stood in relation to the DJ, the sound was incredible. Here’s a little bit of Adam Beyer closing the festival, he left every attendee in a comprehensive state of euphoria.
Junction 2 should be used as the benchmark for brand new festivals. It was a truly memorable inaugural event that went off without a hitch and showed the importance and effectiveness of high quality production, sound, scheduling, and site management. If Junction 2 stays true to its values it will be a staple of the UK festival circuit for years to come.
Get tickets for Junction 2 2017 at ticketweb.co.uk/junction2