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Movement Electronic Music Festival has begun and Detroit is alive with Techno steadily resonating through every fiber of the city.

The annual Memorial Day weekend festival is a precisely curated festival from the Paxahau event crew, aimed at the deeply knowledgeable Techno fan, but also providing a diverse array of electronic music acts from Drum N Bass (Ed Rush and Optical) all the way to live bands (Will Sessions Feat. Amp Fiddler). Day one is in the books, but there are still two days left for one of the most well respected festivals in the world. Tickets are available via the ticket booth at Hart Plaza, where the event is held, as well as online at this link

Check out the brief picture tour below, and check back for a full detailed review later in the week.

Day 1 Picture Tour:

Carl Craig with Jon Dixon and Niko Marks- Performing a hybrid live set with live renditions of classics such as Strings of Life by Derrick May

 

Too Short in top performance shape, worked through what seemed like an endless amount of songs, and wowed the crowd with pin point lyrical accuracy and a vibe to match

Ed Rush and Optical with their patented Drum N Bass sound, destroyed the dancefloor and did not stop.

Luciano with the peace sign for the D.

The Pyramid Stage with Detroit Skyrscrapers in the background

The Renaissance Center sets the backdrop for Detroit’s Movement Festival.

Check back later for more updates, see you at the fest!

Photo by Oddsock / CC BY 2.0

For the 4th year in a row we proudly present the definitive Movement Festival Survival Guide as a companion to our Movement 2017 after party list. This year’s survival guide features 13 essential recommendations (#1 and #13 are my favorites). Enjoy!

#1 Don’t try to re-live the past: For some of you this may be your first year at Movement, for others it’s a ritual you’ve been practicing since the turn of the new millennium. Whatever brings you to Detroit on these most holy of days in the electronic music world, I urge you to throw off any expectations for the weekend. Things change, people change, music tastes evolve, love interests come and go, with every new day you’re a new person and THIS WILL BE A NEW EXPERIENCE SO LET IT BE EXACTLY THAT. Don’t try to fit this weekend into your expectations, keep your plans loose, your eyes wide, and your heart open to what may come.

#2 The big secret: you don’t need a ticket to have fun: Movement has come a long way since the days when it was called DEMF and it was free to the public. These days I can barely justify the $200+ general admission myself, HOWEVER, you can still have a great time on little or no budget. I mean Detroit has great electronic music going on regardless of the festival. That said, if you’re ultra broke like Dave Chapelle on a date in “Half Baked” kinda broke, there are plenty of FREE daytime events and after parties (such as this party and this party), cheap coney dogs 24/7 at Lafayette Coney (even cheaper and better at Duly’s Place if you aren’t a scared little bitch), and Detroiters on the corners hawking $1 bottled water all day long. The real party starts each night after the festival ends though. If you only have between $10-40 in your pocket, spending it on one or two incredible after parties and saving money and energy by NOT attending the festival is a pretty savvy move.

#3 Procrastination is for losers: Getting into the festival will take longer than you think that first day. Period. If there’s a performance you really want to catch, figure out how much time you’ll need to get there and double it. If you’re early (not likely) cool, grab a drink, find someone with soft lips and a nice butt that knows how to shake it, and take them to the front of the stage to see that special artist up close and personal.

#4 Grab a Schedule: Even if you get a paper schedule at the entrance, make sure someone in your crew has a list of set times and after parties handy. I love the Detroit-based SetTim.es website (just be sure to read their instructions the very first time you visit the site). For after parties see our comprehensive Movement 2017 after party list curated by DJ Walter Glasshouse. If you’re a total noob or just don’t want to try at life anymore, check out the Movement App for Android or Movement App for iPhone.

#5 Pace yourself: Going super hard the first day is a rookie mistake. Newcomers will often put all their energy into the first day, afterparty way too hard, and miss all the great acts the next day at the festival. Let loose, have a crazy time, but treat your body with respect. Save that energy for the hours when you’re really going to want it. There are at LEAST three days and four nights of constant partying that can be had. Choose your battles wisely, rest whenever it feels right, drink water, eat a damn banana. Don’t end up looking like a meth head’s mugshot by day three. The seasoned festival goers will still be beating up that dance floor at 10pm Monday night, and they’ll look damn good doing it. Strive for that.

#6 Michigan weather is nuttier than squirrel shit: This year the weather in Detroit is supposed to be pretty normal for late May and that means jack shit. Our weather is always unpredictable and this year will be no exception. Bring sunglasses (for sun and those potentially bloodshot eyes), an umbrella or poncho, and two more changes of clothes… both long and short sleeve because it’s gonna get chilly at night and you may be walking at some point (our mass transit sucks and the new Q-Line won’t be taking you to any cool after parties).

#7 Heroes from the hometown always throw down: Every year we encourage readers to check out Detroit’s homegrown talent. Kicking off Movement 2017 is genius Detroit hip hop producer Wajeed at the “Stargate” stage and it’s gonna be amazing. Detroit artists feel a huge responsibility when they’re booked for Movement and you better believe they deliver. This year we’ll see Detroit techno legends stretching their artistic wings with mutiple live sets from Kevin Saunderson as E-Dancer, Audion (Matthew Dear), Octave One, and Carl Craig performing his highly anticipated Versus Synthesizer Ensemble. Even Windsorite and one-time adopted son of Detroit, Richie Hawtin, will be doing some weird live shit with his CLOSE audiovisual project.

#8 Explore Detroit: Detroit is a more beautiful city than you can imagine. STEP OUTSIDE the festival/downtown bubble for a few hours. There’s a reason we produce such passionate artists in Detroit; the city is dripping with pride, bursting with soul, and her biggest muscle isn’t her cars and tough reputation, it’s her heart and the deeply warm people who make this city so alive. Rent a bike for a ride down the Riverwalk or up the Dequindre Cut, take a breather at the newly renovated Belle Isle State Park, get some pre-festival refreshments at historic Eastern Market, eat at Taqueria El Rey in Southwest Detroit, arrange a tour of Detroit’s Techno Museum, visit the Detroit Institute of Art, check out The Heidelberg Project before it disappears forever. Whatever you do, take a couple of hours to renew and refresh yourself outside of the downtown area, it’ll make your entire experience more complete, and a little more magical.

#9 Protect your hearing: I’m a music producer so my hearing is my life. And I know you love music too so don’t be a dumbass and lose your hearing over one music festival. Sound pressure levels at this event reach over 115dB and cause permanent hearing damage after just a few SECONDS of exposure. The vending booths that sell candy and gum also sell earplugs at reasonable prices. There are even branded Movement earplugs for sale that basically turn down the volume slightly without muffling the sound. They’re not the best protection but it’s way better than nothing. Personally, I buy a big box of earplugs at the drugstore, fill a pocket, and make new friends by giving them out to lovely people I meet 🙂

#10 Wearing proper foot gear is a must: This isn’t Coachella or Burning Man. Heart Plaza in Detroit is not a public park or a pristine ecosystem. Three quarters of the environment is concrete, concrete with poor drainage when it gets full of festival garbage. You’re in an industrial city so let your footwear reflect that. Open toe shoes are a great way to get your pretty pedicured digits stepped on, nails broken, and feet covered in the foulest varieties of rave goo. Dark boots or shoes are recommended, steel toes are the real MVPs.

#11 Keep it clean: It’s gonna get, wet, warm, and sticky, and you’re probably going to start to stink at some point. Do everyone a favor and stay fresh. It kills the vibe to be overwhelmed with the stench of someone’s funky human musk. Bring deodorant, a face wipe, a change of underwear at least, and probably a change of clothes each day. Not only will everyone around appreciate it, but it’s a fantastic feeling to put on fresh clothes for the evening after a hot sweaty day of dancing.

#12 Bring a new face to the festival: If you’re a jaded raver, there’s no remedy for cynicism like taking along someone who’s never been to Movement. Seeing the eyes of a newcomer light up with wonder and amazement when they first take in the sights and electrified sounds of Heart Plaza makes the experience as new for you as it is for them. This is the festival at its best, being alive and aware in the moment and creating memories with the beautiful people at your side.

#13 Get lost: At some point this weekend, ditch your friends, put the schedule away, forget yourself, and just wander. Use your ears, let the goosebumps take you where they may, trust your gut and I guarantee you’re going to have one of the most visceral and beautiful experiences of this weekend.

Peace, love, and techno ♥️ — B.Aware

Kyle Hall Movement 2016

Kyle Hall

Memorial Weekend…the Techno Christmas we look forward to all year long. A time of great music and even greater after-parties; a time when friends from near and far flock to Detroit for 3 days of dancing bliss; a time to forget about the stress of life and come together for one giant party. This year didn’t disappoint, with lots of great music, agreeable weather, and a countless number of good times.

 

Maceo Plex Movement 2016

Maceo Plex

Saturday started off with the annual amble around Hart Plaza to see the layout of the festival this year. I didn’t have to wander long before I got stopped by Israel Vines live set at the Opportunity Detroit stage. Banging techno to get my day started. The Opportunity Detroit stage was a total shining star over the weekend, showcasing some of the amazing local talent that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Next stop was Kyle Hall who threw down a fantastic set that blurred the lines of Detroit techno and house mixed in his flawless manner. I took a few minutes to get out of the sun and was blown away by Kyle Geiger’s live techno set! Pounding, pulsating and undulating hard techno, exactly what I like to hear on the Underground Stage. Caught bits and pieces of Carlos Souffront and Four Tet before settling in to the main stage to watch Maceo Plex and Kraftwerk. Maceo Plex, as always, brought a fire set that had everyone dancing. There’s a reason this dude plays every year. Kraftwerk brought their visually amazing and robot-studded 3D show immediately after, which was a welcome treat for anyone who missed their last go around at the Masonic last autumn. Having the group that founded the sounds of electronic music made a fitting close to the first day.

Loco Dice

Loco Dice

 

Amp Fiddler Movement 2016

Amp Fiddler Feat. Will Sessions Band

 

Black Madonna

Black Madonna

Sunday the first stop was Opportunity Detroit to catch a little bit of the electro fire that is DJ Seoul. As always, banging electro beats and turntablist tricks that make for a great set. Next up was Black Madonna who banged out a hard set on the Redbull stage and had the crowd on its feet the whole time. Black Madonna gets my vote for most under-rated set of the festival. A crowd favorite, she got into every track with passion and charisma. It oozed out the speakers and left everyone drenched by the end of her set. I then tried to catch Ame on the Beatport stage, but the constant rush of bros and fuckboys back and forth constantly made it unbearable. Loco Dice, another Movement mainstay, made it readily apparent that he should indeed be back every year. His take on minimal is significantly more inspired than the name would suggest. He flawlessly pounded the main stage with his signature style, and it was extremely proper. While meeting up with friends and taking a little rest on the grass, we were graced with some funky grooves from Amp Fiddler and Will Sessions. This was a nice break from the usual fare of the festival and also one of the few bands there this year.  Wandering back to Opportunity Detroit we caught Mike Huckaby playing some jumping house and making people bust out their dancing shoes. The rest of the evening for the most part was planted at the Made in Detroit Stage to catch some great techno from Ellen Allien and a smashing closing set from true Detroiter Eddie Fowlkes.

Modeselektor

Modeselektor

 

Modeselektor

Modeselektor

Monday is always the great day of recovery and late arrivals to Hart Plaza. After some necessary lounging and relaxation, I made my first stop to catch Delano Smith at the Made In Detroit Stage who was bringing a great house set that got the evening going. Next stop was J. Phlip who was bringing the “Dirtybird sound” to the crowd at the Redbull stage. Not finding this particularly stimulating, I made my way underground to catch a little bit of Chicago house and acid at the hands of DJ Pierre, which was totally awesome. Next up was some super hype house from MK and some Jungle bidness with Dilemma and MC Bombscare, both of which were fantastic. Watching the last half of Chris Liebing’s live techno set was one of my favorites of the whole weekend. Constantly evolving and swelling techno with amazing visuals that had the crowd wanting more. Modeselektor made a rare North-American festival appearance and it did not disappoint. Hints of IDM, Techno, Electro, and most everything in between overwhelmed the crowd and created an energy unlike any I had experienced the entire weekend. They played up the set with jovial gestures to the packed main-stage, and the crowd gave right back. Being the first time seeing Modeselektor I was quite impressed. The German duo did right by Detroit, and we thank them for that. All in all, the last day of the festival was pretty dope, yet a test of stamina for sure.

Overall it was a great weekend for Techno and Detroit. Tons of people showed up and danced their asses off. Beyond the music, the best part of the festival every year is the friends and people. No matter who is playing or what is going on, the constant love, companionship, and expression is truly what makes Detroit’s Movement festival so special. Thank you to all of our friends that made it out for a joyous celebration of life once again on Memorial Day weekend.

 

 

Tiga

Tiga

 

Festival Love

Festival Love

Matador (live)

Matador (live)

 

Art Department

Art Department

 

Ellen Allien

Ellen Allien

 

Rza Feat. Stone Mecca

Rza Feat. Stone Mecca

 

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Eddie Fowlkes

 

Hooper at Redbull Stage

Hooper at Redbull Stage

 

Underground Stage

Underground Stage

 

Hart Plaza - Dodge Fountain

Hart Plaza – Dodge Fountain

 

 

 

Stargate Movment 2016

 

Now enjoy a side quest from one of our photographers:

Another point to mention was the No Way Back after-party hosted by Interdimensional Transmissions. It was the strangest night that I have ever encountered. I remember walking into the party and then all of a sudden waking up in my bed, frightened and covered in sweat. It was 12:00 PM the next day. I called my friends and they assured me that the party was great but that I wasn’t around that much. Nobody could explain the lost time that I am now burdened with. Every night I now have visions of alien obduction and seeing a room with children that look like me, like the aliens have been cloning my DNA! The weirdest part is that there is also this small asian man that is DJing on the ship. Fucking crazy, I know! I think the stargate at Hart Plaza had something to do with it. I knew it was trying to steal my energy all damn weekend. I guess we’ll never know…..