It’s no secret that we at HTF, are flag flyers and supporters of London-based promoters; LWE, and their continuous efforts to over-deliver on all of their events and productions.
Last year they brought Junction 2 to the ever-growing list of festivals on offer within the UK, and – I have to admit – I went along with low expectations… it was in the ass-end of nowhere, and under a motorway in way out West London.
Often with inaugural events, there should be a whole host of teething problems and issues. However, I remember walking away in absolute awe of what an incredible show it was, right down to the finer details.
So, with this in mind, the bar was set fairly high. This year was no exception. Junction 2 2017, absolutely smashed it out of the park. Wow. Simply. I don’t know how else to deliver this, other than to gush, about what an incredible event it was.
The sound levels were clear and consistent across the site, loud and punchy with absolutely no underlining rumble of the motorway above us. The token system at the bar kept queues to a minimum, and the production and detail to decor were clearly thought out, and complimented each of the different stage areas. Careful attention was put into the chill out area surrounding the SONUS stage and designated street food set up.
Each of the five stages, set within their world, showcasing their theme and unique lineup. You could’ve quite easily found a home for yourself at one of them, and been reasonably content in not venturing any further within the festival. But for those that did, they would’ve found an easy flowing site that seemed completely cut off from the fact that we were all nestled under the motorway. The industrial setting beautifully complimented by the snaking woodland and large open green spaces.
This year there was an additional two stages, hosted by SONUS, and Into The Woods. The latter feeling like you stumbled onto a secret little rave. However, the SONUS stage won me over this year. Being the only stage that was completely open to the elements, it took full advantage of the blistering summer sunshine. Admittedly this would’ve been a complete washout had the weather taken a turn for the worse. Thankfully, the weather gods were on our side today!
Parking myself at SONUS for the majority of the day I saw some incredible sets from the creme de la creme of the techno gods; Chris Liebing, Maceo Plex, Recondite, and Joseph Capriati. While over on the main stage hosted by Drumcode was; Tale Of Us, Ida Engberg, Adam Beyer and Ben Klock.
The Hydra stage, a tent that invited the crowd to dance around the raised stage, was an entirely different vibe again. With an incredibly eclectic set from Koze, and Daphni, it would’ve been nigh on impossible to walk away from the day being disappointed with the music and the level of artists on offer.
With no faults to improve on from last year’s debut, it was fascinating to see how LWE would push the boundaries once again to over deliver on this year’s festival. I am already excited about next year. What next, an extra day to be added? More stages?
I walked away again thinking of what a fantastic day it was. It went by all too quickly and nearly a month on, I am still yet to hear anything but high praise for it.