Movement Music Festival (formally known as Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival) is one of the longest-running dance music events in the world, committed to showcasing authentic electronic music and providing an experience unlike any other. Each year on Memorial Day weekend, thousands of people from across the globe gather in the birthplace of Techno to celebrate the heritage of Detroit and its musical influence over countless generations, new and old.
Paxahau, producer of the Movement Festival in Detroit, is recognized across the world by artists, community members, and industry executives as a pioneering promoter rooted firmly in the birthplace of Techno. Paxahau specializes in producing music festivals and events incorporating the most innovative sound designs and always placing the highest priority on music. The company first established itself in the 1990s as an underground party promoter and online resource to showcase electronic music culture in Detroit.
The festival takes place in Hart Plaza – Detroit’s legendary riverfront destination. Originally planned as a grassy lawn area in 1924, it wasn’t until the 70’s that Hart Plaza was conceptualized and brought to life by Isamu Noguchi. Hart Plaza has become, almost unintentionally, a tribute to the strength of people – memorials in the plaza include “Gateway to Freedom”, recognizing Detroit’s role in helping emancipated slaves into Canada, and “Transcending”, a giant arch celebrating American Labor. What this is all means for Movement is a palpable energy in the air. Whether in the amphitheater, next to the river, or enjoying the massive underground bunker, we are not separate from our past, from our tactile environment – we are in the continuum.
Each Stage at Movement Has Its Own Flavor of Music
Movement has 5 stages, each with their own distinct personality. Located just off the main entrance, The Stargate Stage is distinctly Detroit, with lifelong friends sound-tracking a city-wide block party. The Resident Advisor Underground Stage, with its brutalist architecture and concrete walls, makes it the perfect home for angular Techno.
Red Bull will be there with a diverse lineup on the Red Bull Presents stage at the festival. Located amongst the trees, the Red Bull Presents Stage showcases myriad styles (Funk, Hip-Hop, Breakbeats, Ghettotech, and more). Saturday includes sure-fire party-starters Disclosure and Soul Clap, and electronic experimentalists Marie Davidson and Herbert. Sunday will be massive with big names like Gucci Mane and Danny Brown, and on-the-rise upstarts including Channel Tres and Sam Austins. Monday brings it home with legends like Floorplan and Madlib, hometown favorites Shigeto and Audion, and breakout star Yaeji.
The Pyramid Stage, positioned opposite Red Bull along the river, is the perfect summer backdrop. The breeze coming off the water perfectly compliments the hybrid Tech-House accompaniment. Finally, The Movement Stage, located in the amphitheater, is the crown jewel. Here is where you’ll see the big players, the legends, and those who have earned their stripes.
Movement’s Lineup is Fierce This Year With Talent from All Over The World
Pioneering electronic duo Orbital (Paul and Phil Hartnoll) will be making their main stage debut at Detroit’s legendary Movement festival on May 25th with a live closing set. Leading up to their inaugural performance, the duo recorded a double mix set for MixMag’s vaunted In Session series featuring artists from this year’s lineup. The duo will be performing hits from their extensive catalogue including classics like “Chime,” “Halcyon On and On,” and “Belfast” as well as more recent singles like “P.H.U.K.” from their latest album Monsters Exist.
Detroit native MK (Marc Kinchen) is coming in hot to Detroit with his new single “Body 2 Body”, which is his first for 2019. MK switches it up from his well-known warm piano house sound to a more progressive flavor.
Movement is featuring several female producers and DJ’s this year, including Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte, Maya Jane Coles, and Yaeji. Nicole Moudaber will close out main stage on Sunday with Disclosure and Paco Osuna. Detroit’s own Andrea Ghita is preforming for the first time at Movement on the Stargate Stage. While favoring a tendency toward dark, deep techno, Andrea is also no stranger to spacey, electro and hip-hop inspired break beats. Ghita’s set will feature a diverse, eclectic style spanning several genres, and is sure to entertain even the most selective of listeners.
View the full lineup here or download a printable schedule here. Maximize your festival experience in advance by downloading the official Movement Smartphone App (iPhone app here & Android app here). You can learn more about new artists, and plan your days and nights with the festival and official afterparty schedules.
Not Only Is The Music On Point, So Are All Of The Amenities This Year
Tito’s River Garden – Even the most diehard festival goers need some downtime to recharge, and Tito’s River Garden provides the perfect environment. Tucked away in the shade along the river, Tito’s River Garden offers an oasis on the grounds. Serviced by a number of craft brewers, the River Garden is the ideal place to drift off under the shade of the summer sun.
Movement Studio (powered by Sweetwater) – In many ways, electronic music is the story of technological advancement and human ingenuity in concert. Technology continues to be an essential ingredient, not only in the creation, but also in the consumption of music. The Movement Studio was born out of both a love of technology and a responsibility to steward our collective knowledge.
We are excited to once again welcome you into our Studio and to showcase industry leaders in music production. In all, twelve brands will be present, covering everything from emerging DJ technologies to modular synth production. They will be providing product demonstrations and hands-on interaction. Festival goers of all kinds are welcome, from the studio wizard to the uninitiated novice. We are excited to partner with Sweetwater, a leader in music commerce, to power the 2019 Edition of Movement Studio.
Food – Movement sports a true cornucopia of luxurious food options. From the legendary chicken on a stick, to gourmet bowls of awesomeness, there’s something for everyone. Don’t sleep on the cup of fries with vinegar or the falafel sandwiches!
Movement Artist-In-Residence (Kevin Lyons) – Internationally acclaimed artist Kevin Lyons brings his iconic Monsters to Hart Plaza for this year’s Movement Artist-In-Residence program, in partnership with 1xRUN. Lyons’s signature characters can be found on murals across the globe, from New York to Paris, Spain, and Japan. As a designer, the Brooklyn native has had an illustrious career working as Creative Director for Nike, Converse, and Urban Outfitters, and Design Director for Stussy worldwide as well as Art Director for Girl Skateboards. Lyons has also won an Emmy for his work on PBS’s “Avec Eric” and even received a Golden Lion at the Cannes Film Festival. For Movement, Kevin will be designing and painting a large scale mural inspired by his appreciation for Detroit’s musical heritage and culture. “Ever since I first started coming to Detroit for my very first Murals In The Market, I have been obsessed with the vast, insane musical history of the city,” says Lyons. “Also my Monsters love a great party, and what better a place for a colorful crew of misfits to rave and dance and carry on than Movement in a city dubbed Techno City and where they already feel right at home. We can’t wait!” Be sure to check out Kevin’s Monsters installation at the amphitheater near the Pyramid Stage and the Official Merch tent to grab a Movement x Kevin Lyons t-shirt.
Fire up your evening after Movement with an afterparty!
With Movement ending kinda early at midnight, you may be wondering where all the late night parties will be for the night owls.
The most important part of Movement…THE PEOPLE!
Movement is a place to spend time with loved ones, to turn strangers into friends, and to be unabashedly yourself. It’s the people who make the festival what it is, and with your help, our Tapestry of Techno grows more vibrant each and every year.
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