Source: Gemma Bell
Printworks London, surely now needing no introduction from us, played host to the pre-party for Junction 2 festival which is fast approaching, this coming June, where we were treated to a momentous 8-hour marathon set from Drumcode label boss, Adam Beyer.
Having never witnessed a bad set from Adam, I knew this was going to be something truly special. Adam didn’t only play an incredible set, he really took the crowd on a journey, ploughing through an impressive selection of the best house and techno, as you would come to expect, but also introducing some key classics; which was unexpected and not something I’ve seen him do before.
Dropping some absolute bombs such as Prodigy’s ‘Outer Space’, and Faithless’ ‘We Come One’, it was a welcome surprise and obviously went down an absolute storm. To see a techno heavy crowd sing the lyrics to Prodigy’s ‘Outer Space’ in a space like Printworks is something I don’t think I will ever witness again. This was definitely one of those ‘I was there’ moments. Hearing the buzz amongst the crowd throughout the day, and as they filtered out of the exit, “One of the best sets ever” seemed to be a fairly accurate statement. Ending the day on an absolute high, he clocks out on The Stone Roses ‘Fools Gold’. We salute you Adam, you absolutely smashed it!
Often with an extended set, it’s not uncommon for there to be that slow middle hour or two where you find yourself visiting the bar or smoking area. That certainly wasn’t the case here with the dance floor constantly packed out with no one wanting to miss a single moment.
Speaking to Adam directly after his performance, he said: “I put a lot of heart and soul into it”. Which was clearly obvious. He really gave everything he had and carried that room through an energetic and memorable ride.
If you did happen to miss out, thankfully Mixmag was on hand to record and live stream a select three hours. You can watch this back here; Mixmag Live
Adam Beyer is not only a firm fan of the calibre of events that LWE orchestrate, but he is also an active partner within Junction 2 festival. And if this ‘pre-party’ set was anything to go by, then Junction 2 looks like it’s going to be another unmissable event. Again!
Adam will be playing alongside a long list of techno giants and emerging talent. Check out the full line up and the stage splits which have just been announced today!
Spanning across 5 separate stages and bespoke spaces, Junction 2 will keep the focus on quality music and unparalleled production and sound quality. Hosted at Boston Manor Park, under the M4 motorway, it will be transformed into a unique and industrial utopia. For anyone looking for that next level festival experience, this one is for you.
The stages will be hosted by, Drumcode, SONUS, The Hydra, LWE Warehouse (in Association with Relentless), and Into The Woods (in Association with Frontier). Each one designed to offer an exclusive and amazing experience.
The LWE team speak ahead of this much-anticipated event;
“When we first found the Junction 2 site last year, we sensed we were onto something special. And looking at that extraordinary space under the M4 and the parkland surrounding it, we just knew that an incredible crowd and heavyweight sound levels could create something truly amazing.
The only thing making us nervous about Junction 2 in 2017 is living up to the expectations set by 2016. We’ve been thinking hard about how to replicate that atmosphere, and the overriding conclusion we came to was that the magic ingredient was the crowd. Yes, you lovely people who trusted us, had faith and came and danced with us at Junction 2.”
If you need any further persuading, watch Junction 2’s 2016 goosebump-inducing after movie here; Junction 2 2016 After Movie
Tier 1 and 2 tickets have now sold out, with Tier 3 now on sale. You can buy them directly through Ticket Tannoy here; Junction 2 Tickets
Junction 2 takes place on Saturday 10th June at Boston Manor Park.
Check out the gallery below for pictures from the pre-party warm-up at Printworks.