Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival
Movement takes place Saturday 23–Monday 25 in Detroit's Hart Plaza.
Amid news of plummeting house prices and auto bailouts, Detroit isn’t exactly being portrayed in the most positive of lights. So for this year’s Summer Music Preview issue, we switch up the tone by highlighting Movement, a Memorial Day weekend dance party the likes of which the U.S. rarely sees, let alone the Midwest.
Movement has attracted upwards of 40,000 electronic enthusiasts each year since its start in 2000. It’s a celebration of the birthplace of techno and also of the future of electronic music. Chicagoan Kate Simko, Ghostly International artist and one of this year’s performers, has attended every year and played it for the first time in 2007. “I love Detroit’s purist, keep-it-real vibe,” Simko says. “So many artists from Detroit have inspired me. It’s an honor to play at a festival in techno’s hometown.”
This year’s lineup boasts hometown faves like Carl Craig and Kevin Saunderson and Germany’s new breed, including a live PA from Henrik Schwarz and Dixon and DJ sets from Tiefscharz and Ellen Alien. Movement even goes beyond techno to include dubstep artists like Bassnectar and Benga, as well as hip-hop legends Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Z-Trip.
Appearing on Sunday 24, Osunlade sums it up best: “I’ve always felt more at home in this family-built environment. Hart Plaza and its open air breathes freedom and allows everyone a common experience of music and reconnection.”