Three long years have passed since Junction 2 last set foot in the capital, and as we count down the last few weeks before event weekend the team is giving the public a sneak peek at the brand new stage designs they can expect to see alongside stage splits how the site will look. The six brand new stage concepts to support the incredible lineup, The Arches, The Stealth, The Observatory, The Tunnel, The Dome, and The Speaker’s Corner, will all make their debuts at this one-time event. Trent Park in North London, with its rolling hills and leafy surroundings, provides the Junction 2 team with the opportunity to bring the festival’s magic to this vast, open space on Saturday, June 18th, and Sunday, June 19th, 2022.
We are delighted to be able to show everyone what we envisage for Junction 2’s 2022 home of Trent Park. It’s safe to say that for this year’s festival we have gone beyond anything we have done before and our team is working around the clock to ensure it’s going to be a very special weekend. The investment that has gone into the sound and production will top what we have spent in previous years and we cannot wait to celebrate this momentous occasion with you all and some of the world’s very finest selectors. – Jeff Gray, Promoter at Junction 2
Because The Arches will host many of the live acts, the stage is more akin to a concert setting, with a screen backdrop and speakers on either side and lined across the front. The overhead rigs will be outfitted with lighting and production, which will become their own as the day gradually transforms into night. Jon Hopkins, Max Cooper, Ben Böhmer, George FitzGerald and Robert Hood are just a few of the live acts being put front-and-center under the lights.
The Stealth is a large, open-air stage with a dancefloor large enough to hold J2’s largest crowds. When you consider the talent on display here, such space is required. Four Tet, Hessle Audio, and TSHA on Saturday, followed by Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, and ANNA on Sunday. The crowds will be drawn here for the big show.
The roof of the Observatory is modeled as a stretched canvas. This provides not only a degree of protection from the elements but also an entrapped sonic dynamism. Those who enjoy crisp, multi-layered sonics will appreciate the intimacy provided by this space. The DJs are also closer to the ground, putting them eye-level with the dancefloor, and attendees can surround the booth from all sides. DJs such as Dixon, Maribou State DJ, Nina Kraviz, Esa, Dr Rubinstein, and FJAAK were chosen with this in mind.
The Tunnel is a long rectangular corridor that is completely sealed on the inside and pitch black. Due to the loss of vision, the sense of hearing will be enhanced, resulting in an intense festival experience. With names like Dax J, Avalon Emerson, Romy, 999999999 Live and Benjamin Damage Live playing here across the weekend, the emphasis is firmly placed on the sound.
The Dome is exactly as described, with panels keeping things warm and enclosing the sound. Natural light will pour through during the day, and once darkness has fallen, the illumination in the night sky will sparkle above as the headliners bring us to a close. Roza Terenzi, D. Tiffany, Jossy Mitsu, Margaret Dygas, and Fumiya Tanaka are among the players.
Finally, Junction 2 will host The Speaker’s Corner, a space for artist-led discussions about electronic music culture on both days. Take a seat and join the artists as they explore the stories of this year’s lineup’s artists and collectives… straight from the horse’s mouth. Grab a beer courtesy of Asahi, and prepare to get up close and personal.
The 2022 festival plans are a statement of intent as Junction 2 continues to stamp down a sonic vision with authority. Combined with the production, operational and core values that the attendees have come to expect, this all underlines Junction 2’s position as London’s premier electronic music festival.
Tickets and more info via the Junction 2 website.