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Festival Preview: Movement Electronic Music Festival

It’s almost here, the moment electronic music fans have been waiting for all year, it’s time for Movement Electronic Music Festival. There are so many things we could say about this festival but we’re going to keep it short and concise, so let’s start with its most attractive feature: the music. With such unique and diverse programming, festival attendees have the opportunity to see artists they will not see anywhere else this year. If you are a fan of house, techno, dubstep, bass music, hip hop, disco…whatever, they’ve got you covered. Since being chosen by the city of Detroit to take over promotions in 2006, Paxahau has managed to draw larger crowds each year with their eclectic bookings and careful monitoring of the EDM landscape. And this year is no different. There are plenty of movers and shakers (we’ve highlighted our favorites below), but there are also enough lesser-known artists and local talent that give people a chance to discover their next favorite one as well. We encourage you to not only see artists you are familiar with, but to also take chances, and seek out new sounds. We’re very excited about our first year of coverage for this landmark event, and we’re looking to discover some of the best that Detroit has to offer. This is more than just a party, this is a celebration that is more than just about music. It’s also a celebration of a city that refuses to sink into America’s dark shadows.

Buy Tickets For The Festival/Official Afterparties Here

There is so much to see each day, we tried our best to narrow it down.

 Saturday

  • Mark Farina (Mushroom Jazz Set), Main Stage, 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Tale Of Us, Beatport Stage, 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Actress, Red Bull Academy, 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Droog, Underground Stage, 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Benoit and Sergio, Beatport Stage, 5:00-6:00 PM
  • Todd Terje, Main Stage, 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Bok Bok, Red Bull Academy Stage, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Damian Lazarus, Beatport Stage, 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Two Fresh, Red Bull Academy Stage, 7:30-8:30 PM
  • Jimmy Edgar, Underground Stage, 7:30-9:00 PM
  • Derrick Carter, Main Stage, 8:00-10:00 PM
  • Mike Huckaby, Made In Detroit Stage, 9:30-11:00 PM
  • SBTRKT, Red Bull Academy Stage, 9:30-10:30 PM
  • Seth Troxler B2B Guy Gerber, Beatport Stage, 10:00-12:00 AM
  • Michael Mayer, Underground Stage, 10:30-12:00 AM

Sunday

  • Slow Hands, Red Bull Academy Stage, 2:30-4:00 PM
  • Carl Craig, Main Stage, 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Tiger and Woods, Red Bull Academy Stage, 4:00-5:30 PM
  • Maya Jane Coles, Beatport Stage 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Michal Menert, Underground Stage, 5:00-6:00 PM
  • DJ Sneak, Main Stage, 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Wolf + Lamb, Red Bull Academy Stage, 5:30-7:00 PM
  • Maceo Plex, Beatport Stage, 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Lindstrøm, Red Bull Academy Stage, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Hot Natured (Jamie Jones and Lee Foss), Red Bull Academy Stage, 8:00-10:00 PM
  • Loco Dice, Main Stage, 9:30-11:00 PM
  • Juan Atkins, Underground Stage, 9:30-11:00 PM
  • Claude VonStroke, Beatport Stage, 10:00-12:00 PM
  • Public Enemy, Main Stage, 11:00-12:00 AM

Monday

  • No Regular Play, Red Bull Academy Stage, 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Nina Kraviz, Main Stage, 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Subb-an, Beatport Stage, 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Cassy, Main Stage, 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Jesse Rose, Underground Stage, 4:30-6:00 PM
  • The Martinez Brothers, Beatport Stage, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • araabMUZIK, Red Bull Academy Stage, 8:00-9:00 PM
  • Derek Plaslaiko, Made In Detroit Stage, 8:00-9:30 PM
  • Nic Fanciulli B2B Jooris Voorn, Beatport Stage, 8:00-10:00 PM
  • Kevin Saunderson, Main Stage, 9:00-10:30 PM
  • Stacey Pullen, Made In Detroit Stage, 9:30-11:00 PM
  • Carlo Lio, Underground Stage, 9:00-11:00 PM
  • Steve Bug, Beatport Stage, 10:00-12:00 AM
  • The Wizard AKA Jeff Mills, Main Stage, 10:30-12:00 AM
  • Major Lazer, Red Bull Academy Stage 11:00-12:00 AM

AFTERPARTIES

Outside of the festival itself, there are enough afterparties to keep people entertained around the clock. The list is staggering, make sure you check out the complete list as well. We’ve narrowed down our picks for the ones that look most promising. These parties are like a festival in their own right.

Friday May 25th

Life and Death, Visionquest Official Movement Preparty

Talent: Matt Tolfrey vs Ryan Crosson, Life and Death (first live performance ever), Clockwork, Thugfucker, Bill Patrick, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves
Venue: Elysium Lounge
Address: 625 Shelby St., Detroit MI, 48226
Time: Doors at 9 p.m.
Presented by: Movement
Tickets: First 100 are $10, Second 100 are $15, then price goes to $20
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 21+

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Smart Bar’s Movement Opening Party and BBQ

Talent: Prosumer, Kate Simko, Orchard Lounge, Nate Manic, Aran Daniels, Mister Joshooa, Kid Color, John Simmons
Venue: TV Lounge
Address: 2548 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Time: 8 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Presented by: Smart Bar
Admission: $15 advance, $20 night of, Tix
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 21+

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Saturday May 26th

Beretta Music: Ten Years of Techno

Talent: Aril Brikha (live), Reference (Luke Hess & Brian Kage) (live), Omar-S (live), Ryan Crosson, Arthur Oskan (live), Christina Chatfield (live), Seth Yender (live), Adam Jay , Keith Kemp, Joshua Harrison (live), Ryan Sadorus, Henry Chow, Derek Fox, Charley Ten, DJ Trench, Jason Allen
Venue: The Works
Address: 1846 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48228
Time: 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Presented by: Berretta Music
Admission: $15 Presales
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 18+

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Dirtybird Detroit

Talent: Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke, Eats Everything, J.Phlip, Worthy & Leroy Peppers.
Venue: City Club
Address: 400 Bagley., Detroit, MI 48226
Time: 10 p.m.- 8 a.m.
Presented by: Point Blank Online
Admission: $30
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 21+

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Circo Loco

Talent: Seth Troxler, Davide Squillace, Ellen Allien, Damian Lazarus, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson, Cirillo, clockwork, Andrew Grant, System Of Survival, Richie Ahmed, DJ Tennis, Naveen G
Venue: TV Lounge
Address: 2548 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Time: 10 p.m. – TBD
Presented by: Circoloco, Elliotkun
Admission: $15
Details: Resident Advisor Event Page
Ages: 21+

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Industry Breakfast

Talent: Adam Stolz and EH3, Albert Loo, Dave Powers, Max Jacobson, Mantas Steles , Jason Patrick, Phil Stone, Hernan Sanchez, Nathan Drew Larsen, Samone Roberts, Sassmouth ♥ ‘s Modesty and special guests
Venue: TV Lounge
Address: 2548 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Time: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Presented by: NBFC & Rewsters Cafe
Admission: $10
Details: Resident Advisor Event Page
Ages: 21+

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Scissor & Thread

Talent: Francis Harris, Tripmastaz, Noel Jackson, Abelle, Dan Bain, AvA, Andrew Kevins
Venue: Flat 151
Address: 151 W. Congress, Detroit, MI 48226
Time: 7 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Presented by: SCISSOR & THREAD
Admission: $20
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 21+

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Voyage Royale IV

Talent: Danny Tenaglia, No.19 presents the Social Experiment floor with Art Department (exclusive) and DJ Sneak
Venue: Detroit Princess
Address: Just outside of Hart Plaza on the Detroit River
Time: 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Presented by: Movement
Admission: $60
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 18+

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Sunday May 27th

KMS 25 – Tribute to Detroit

Talent: Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlkes, Kenny Larkin, Stacey Pullen, Blake Baxter, Terrence Parker, M.K., Kyle Hall, D-Wynn, Ben Sims, Allan Ester, Buzz Goree, DJ Minx, Mike Huckaby & Mike Clark
Venue: St. Andrews Hall
Address: 431 E. Congress, Detroit, MI 48226
Time: 10 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Presented by: Kevin Saunderson
Admission: $25-40
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 18+

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Rare Form

Talent: Maya Jane Coles, Maceo Plex, Soul Clap, Magda, Wolf + Lamb , dOP (live), Eats Everything, Thugfucker, Konrad Black, Deetron, Three, Tanner Ross, Public Lover (live), Slow Hands, PillowTalk (live), Dave Aju, Safeword, Nikola Baytala, Brian Bejarano, Willis Halthom, YOS, Funk Shui, Dabura
Venue: Waterfalls
Address: 673 Franklin Street Detroit, MI 48226
Time: 8 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Presented by: Liaison Artists and React
Admission: $50
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 21+

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Shit Show 3

Talent: Kollektiv Turmstrasse (live), Ryan Crosson, Rich Korach , Darkcube, Daniel Bell, Tim Sweeney, Public Lover Live, Deetron, Three, Special Guest, Mike Shannon, Magic Touch Live, Till Von Sein, Patrick Russel, Clovis, Conor, Sassmouth Vs Mossmoss, Rich Korach, Noel Jackson, Max Jacobson VS Jeffrey Felch, Phillip Stone, Leelee Mishi, Dethlab, Brian Bejarano, Henry Chow VS Sasha Braverman, Sappho VS The Perfect Cyn, Appian, more TBA
Venue: Waterfalls
Address: 673 Franklin Street Detroit, MI 48226
Time: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Presented by: Gary Springs Hunting Club
Admission: $20
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 21+

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Interface 36 – Scene 04

Talent: DVS1, Cell Injection – Drumcell / Audio Injection, Raiz (live) PA, DJ Hyperactive, Kyle Geiger, Luis Flores (live) PA, Project 313 (live) PA, Jeff Derringer, Dean Paul, Annie Hall, Derek Michael live PA, Memnok / Tiari, Corbin Davis
Venue: The Works
Address: 1846 Michigan Avenue; Detroit, MI 48228
Time: 10 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Presented by: Blank Code Detroit
Admission: $20
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages: 21+

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Monday May 28th

Need I Say More VII

Talent: TBA
Venue: Old Miami
Address: 3930 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Time: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Presented by: Visionquest
Admission & Tickets: $10
Details: Resident Advisor Event Page
Ages: 21+

Suol: This Is Us And We Do What We Do

Talent: Chopstick and Johnjon, Til Von Sein, Clovis, Dan Bain, Max Jacobsen and Mantas Steles
Venue: McShane’s Irish Pub and Whiskey Bar
Address: 1460 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Time: 2 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Presented by: MiM
Admission: $20
Details: Facebook Event Page
Age: 21+

 

Hot Creations Detroit at Flat 151
Talent: Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Craig Richards, Richy Ahmed, Infinty Ink, Robert James
Venue: Flat 151
Address: 151 W. Congress, Detroit, MI 48201
Time: 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Presented by: Hot Natured
Admission & Tix: $20
Details: Facebook Event Page
Ages:21+

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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COMPLETE LIST OF AFTERPARTIES HERE

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Guest Commentary

Seth Troxler (Visionquest)

Is this your first time playing with Guy Gerber? Will you be performing “live” with him?

No, me and Guy have played together a bunch of times. The first time we did it was on the Terrace at Space in Ibiza and the last time was in Miami at Pete Tong’s party. Every time it’s gone really well. The way it works is that Guys plays live and I DJ and we just bounce ideas off each other and jam.

What sets Movement apart from other US music festivals? Why is it so special to you?

Movement is hands down the best EDM festival in the world when it comes to music. I’m not just biased cos it’s in my hometown but this is also a factor that makes it very special to me. The programming for the festival is like all the best bits of every other festival rolled into one and then with all the mainstream Tiestos etc left off the line-up. Coming from Detroit, it’s always such a great weekend as I get to see all my family and old friends, hang out, eat lots of corn dogs and listen to techno.

As a fan, who are you most excited to see perform?

Public Enemy should be interesting, but I’m also looking forward to SBTRKT and seeing my friend Subb-an perform in Detroit for the first time.

Which after party are you most excited for?

Every year me and the Visionquest guys do a party called ‘Need I Say More’ at a veteran’s bar called ‘The Old Miami’ on the Monday afternoon which is always a riot.

Benoit and Sergio

What do you enjoy about the festival the most? What sets it apart from other US music festivals in your mind?

DEMF is like no other festival, period. It is most likely the best weekend of the year, every year. Detroit itself seems to be a kind of metaphor for the seamy remainder of the American Dream–the rude, sullied awakening from our long, dogmatic slumbers. So when you have music and partying amid that kind of backdrop, everything is intensified–both the music and the whole apparatus around the music (cabs, food, hotels, liaisons, desires, expectations). You don’t have that kind of intensity in, say, a festival in the Swiss Alps.

Last year you played Old Miami and this year you are on the bill, can you guys talk about what that means to you?

Since we started going to DEMF, Old Miami has always been the party. Before we were playing shows (when we were mere dance kids with fancy dreams), we’d go to Old Miami and watch Matt Dear or Ryan Elliott or Troy Pierce or Jamie Jones, and we’d think maybe we’d get up there one day. In a way, playing there means more than any other gig, not just because we are playing for people we have grown to love over the years–Seth, Ryan, Lee, Shaun–but because playing there marks a kind of inner achievement, a contract fulfilled with one’s self many years before.

Who are you most excited to see (from a fan’s perspective)?

DOP is playing after us on the Beatport stage. Never seen them. Excited to….

What after party(s) are you most excited to attend?

Old Miami, of course. And the Hot Natured party. These are always magical. They always conclude the weekend.

Michal Menert

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What are your thoughts on playing Movement Electronic Music Festival this year? Will you approach it differently than other festivals you will be performing at this summer?

I’m probably going to do as much of the electronic side of my productions as possible, and focus on dance, not to say that I make dance music though. I’m going to be conscious of the fact that it won’t be kids that want the psychedelic hip hop beats, they’re going to want more than that. Last year I saw Little Dragon and Paper Diamond playing, there was a good mix of music on their “indie” stage. Flying Lotus was there as well…it was more than just drum and bass, techno, and house.

They have one of the most unique lineups in the US year in and year out, there will be a lot of stuff you won’t see anywhere else…

Besides the variety in their programming, I really like it because it is in the center of the city, so if you have a hotel, you can go to your hotel and chill instead of going to your campsite and still hearing those womping noises. And the price breaks down to about $30 a day, you can’t beat that! For a struggling city like Detroit that has such a pivotal electronic scene, this festival is very important. Movement seems like they can pay the artists what they deserve, give back to the people and the city, and still make a little bit of money in the process. Their lineup is huge, they have techno artists that sell out all over Europe and do huge stadium tours. It will be really cool to take all that in.

Who are you most excited to see at Movement?

Public Enemy is at the top of my list. I’m also excited to see some of the techno…the locals and some highlighted artists I was reading into that I feel like I want to be exposed to. I went last year and played an after-party at the Magic Stick on the last day. I had never been to Movement before, it was my first “festival season,” and I feel like I didn’t really get to experience it to the fullest. That won’t be happening again this time around.

Bethany “Queen Bee” Lokken (Orchard Lounge)

Which after party are you most excited for?

Well I’d have to say our party! Its our first year to play in Detroit during DEMF and we could not be more excited. Its OL w/ Prosumer, Kate Simko & more @ TV Lounge, Detroit, MI [5.25]. TV lounge is one of my favorite venues so that makes its even better.

What sets Movement apart from other US music festivals? Why is it so special to you?

Its like the new Miami to me. I have attended WMC 8 times but Movement is my thing now. The attitude, or lack thereof. The non-commercialism. The amount of artists you have the opportunity to see.

As a fan, who are you most excited to see perform?

Are you kidding?! Derrick L. Carter baby. I’m gonna be on the front row.

Does Detroit really hustle harder?

Yes.

Nate Seider (Smart Bar Chicago)

Which after party are you most excited for?

Circo Loco at TV Lounge and Need I Say More at the Old Miami! And naturally the Smart Bar BBQ Friday night at TV Lounge.

What sets Movement apart from other US music festivals? Why is it so special to you?

I love the fact that it’s one of the only US music festivals set entirely in an urban environment and is so readily accessible to so many people. I also love the fact that it’s Midwest-centric and I get to see so many good friends at one time.

As a fan, who are you most excited to see perform?

I’m pretty psyched to see Tiger & Woods, dOP, Lindstrom, Maceo Plex & Maya Jane Coles… also aarabMUZIK.

What is your fondest memory from Movement/DEMF over the years?

I would say seeing Loco Dice at the Beatport stage, the CLR party last year at Elysium (Marcel Dettmann vs. Radioslave FTW!), and sunrise Saturday night/Sunday morning at the Circo Loco party last year was great.

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