Movement Festival 2015-Day 3 Review

Alex Calhoun —  May 26, 2015 — Leave a comment

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So you have gotten this far into the weekend; you’ve kept a good party balance and you’ve made it to Monday at Movement. Luckily, the last day of the festival is often packed with some of the best music. The schedule had a lot I personally wanted to hear, so I made sure to make it down to Hart Plaza kind of early so I could squeeze the maximum amount of music into my last day of Movement.

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Audiofly was the first thing that really grabbed my ear and led me in after arriving at the festival, pulling me toward the Beatport stage to get my day started with some banging techno that was getting the early day crowd warmed up.  Awesome beats, a cool breeze and the excellent view that this stage always offers made this the perfect start to my day.

Next up, I made sure to get to catch a little bit of D Wynn, one of my favorite locals. He didn’t disappoint, playing sweet, soulful house tracks that you can’t help but to dance to. I wanted to sample as much from every stage as I could, so I wandered a bit more, saw Clark drop some live, slow techno beats at the Underground stage while rocking thick basslines on a Moog, heard Ben UFO drop some signature acid tinged techno for an eager crowd, and was pleasantly surprised by the house music being spun by Patrick Topping, whom I had never heard of prior.

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While meeting up with a friend I had the pleasure of hearing Detroit homeboy Marshall Applewhite tearing up a set of his signature “sludge” sound of dirty slowed down beats, and also had the pleasure of catching a live set by the legendary Phuture. Heavy acid and remixes of classic tracks were the flavor of the day, and they absolutely killed it. This was possibly one of the greatest sets I saw all weekend.

Meandering over to the Beatport stage, I got to catch Paco Osuna just as he was going on, and knocking the crowd down with heavy, deep techno. Before a mission back to the car to recharge for a few, I had the pleasure of listening Joy Orbison rocking a crowd with a sick house and breakbeat set, and caught a little bit of Lee Foss warming up with his unique house flavor.

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On the way back in, I was drawn to the Main Stage by Maceo Plex banging out hype techno beats to an eager crowd. As a Movement staple, I have seen Maceo Plex many times, and I have to say this was by far one of his best sets. The pulsating, driving music had the entire Main Stage bowl dancing in unison.

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What happened next was awesome. It had been recommended by several friends that I not miss !!! (pronounced chk chk chk). I was totally unfamiliar with the group, and was fascinated when I walked over the stage and saw a band set up. They quickly began, and I was gifted to see one of my other top contenders for best set of the weekend. !!! brought an electro-indie rock sound that reminded me in parts of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip. The lead singer brought an energy that spread to the crowd, and their keyboard/drum machine/synth/hand percussion dude was amazing!

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My day was capped out beautifully by one of my favorite musicians, Squarepusher. This was his second go around at Movement, and his set was everything I hoped it would be; glitched out, breakbeat IDM with bizarre visuals that only Squarepusher could bring.

The last day was a great one. It was a little mellower, but the music was on point, and the crowds that showed made the vibe amazing. A fantastic close to Movement and beginning of Summer in Detroit.

Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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