Junction 2 Announce Virtual Livestream With Adam Beyer, Carl Craig, Moodymann + Many More
A highlight of the UK festival season, Junction 2 is going full steam ahead this year — virtually, that is — with a slightly revamped, Detroit-heavy lineup.
The retooled J2v comes as “a direct response to a process of reflection within our team over recent weeks,” the festival states. As such, the event will be not-for-profit, and has made Black Lives Matter a beneficiary charity.
The virtual event will be taking place across six hours and four stages for a fully-functional “online festival site,” which the J2 team promises will capture the same “mind-bending visuals and an inclusive atmosphere” the Boston Manor Park event is known for.
The newly added Mainframe stage, curated by longtime LWE collaborator Carl Craig (in association with Beatport), will feature a cadre of highly respected Detroit and Midwest house and techno artists, including Moodymann, Derrick May, Kyle Hall, DJ Holographic, K-HAND, Stacey Pullen, Waajeed, Jay Daniel, Amp Fiddler, Terrence Parker, DJ Minx, Rick Wilhite, Al Ester, DJ Dez Andres, Mike “Agent X” Clark, DJ Dez Andres, and Dantiez Saunderson. All artists are set to play back-to-back to back from a warehouse in Detroit — though this special event won’t be rebroadcast, so don’t miss it.
The Console stage, hosted by Drumcode, will feature Adam Beyer, ANNA, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joel Mull and Bart Skills. According to Junction 2, the arena will feature “eight spires with marble-shaped stacks form an octagonal perimeter around the dancefloor,” with the stage sitting atop a central pyramid, allowing “equally blessed visibility” for everyone.
The Vault stage will host a rebroadcast of Richie Hawtin’s 2019 J2 stream, followed by sets from Sama’, Maya Jane Coles, Anastasia Kristensen, and Daniel Avery. The festival promises the stage will make you feel “like you are being sucked into a techno vortex.”
And the Hex stage, “an imposing 6-sided pyramid,” as its name implies, will see a back-to-back sets from Saoirse & Shanti Celeste, with Effy, Jossy Mitsu, Âme live, and ReConnect favourite Maceo Plex.
All four stages will be broadcast live right here here on Beatportal, as well as on Beatport, meaning you can identify and purchase tracks in real time via Beatport’s live track identification system. The stream will also be hosted on Beatport’s Twitch, YouTube and Facebook pages.
Day two of J2v will feature The Speaker’s Corner, a panel discussion which aims to educate the Junction 2 audience to the Black history of electronic music, while supporting emerging Black talent. More details will be announced in the coming days.
Junction 2 is also raising money through sales of merchandise for Black Lives Matter, The Care Workers Charity, Refuge, The Outside Project and The Trussell Trust foodbanks — all causes J2 and Relentless Energy Drink, Asahi Super Dry, Pioneer DJ, Jagermeister, as well as Beatport raised thousands of pounds for with the recent J2v Black Box competition.
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J2v Virtual Festival will now witness four stages of music in our virtual world on the rescheduled date of Saturday 11th July. The line-up for this new stage, hosted and curated by long-time LWE collaborator and visionary artist Carl Craig, will be announced next week. Carl has used his clout to assemble one of the most thorough casts of Detroit players this side of the Midwest; their names read like a who’s who of the city’s underground scene. They will gather virtually at ‘The Mainframe’ / ‘Say It Loud’ stage, in addition to being broadcast on Worldwide FM. All artists are set to play from a warehouse in Detroit, for a total of 6 uninterrupted hours. The result will be a seamless mix of the unadulterated Motor City sound. It will stand as an audible monument to the roots of electronic music. This once in a lifetime event will never be replayed, making this community effort even more special. Alongside Carl, we have assembled this stage in direct response to a process of reflection within our team over recent weeks. We’ve made J2v completely not-for-profit and added Black Lives Matter as a beneficiary charity that sits alongside a review and update of our line-up, because actions speak louder than words. We are pledging to be more proactive in highlighting the origins of our scene. We will endeavour to educate and expose our audience to the wealth of history that underpins the music we love, as well as supporting and developing emerging Black talent. This work begins now. In addition to ‘The Mainframe’ / ‘Say It Loud’ stage, the original music program of J2v will remain largely unchanged. The likes of Adam Beyer, Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, Daniel Avery, ANNA and Âme are all still confirmed to play and look forward to welcoming you to this celebration of underground sounds and culture.