Movement Detroit is coming back this weekend and it will hit Hart Plaza during its traditional Memorial Day weekend slot, May 28-30. Let’s explore this epic festival that has been build on Detroit Techno… Movement Festival has a long history as one of the world’s longest-running and most-esteemed festivals celebrating techno music. And the more we discover, the more we’re learning the festival’s lineup is off the chain!
Movement, originally launched in 2000 as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF), last played Hart Plaza in 2019, when Disclosure, Orbital and Griz performed as headliners. After a 3 year COVID hiatus it back better than ever! Watch the 2019 recap video:
The music is pure Detroit and it will take you from pounding techno to house, to jungle and hip hop, visiting every genre in-between. The sounds in Detroit are carefully curated, inspiring and soulful, setting the tone for a sweet reunion in the heart of the Motor City.
Explore Detroit Techno History
We encourage you to visit the festival but don’t ignore the places and spaces outside the festival. Detroit businesses have been hurt badly by the COVID lockdowns so this festival will be a welcome boost to the local economy. But, remember festivals like this don’t help local businesses unless you spend dollars outside of the festival, as well as, inside the festival gates.
Be sure to visit the Techno Museum and the exclusive Submerge record store but be sure to call in advance and arrange a tour If you can.
Barry Goody created an assembly line for music that became part of the Motown legacy. This method of music production was replicated in the 80’s-90s by early Techno producers on what is now called “Techno Boulevard”. In Detroit, the early Techno music industry wanted to be in close proximity in order to collaborate. Learn more about and explore Techno Blvd to discover its role in the creation of Techno using VR / Google Streetviews.
Archer Record Press Visit the plant and learn more about the significance of Archer Record Press:
This year’s Movement roster is as diverse and captivating as ever. This years festival is featuring music from Detroit Techno legends like Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, MK, Delano Smith, Jeff Mills, E-Dancer, Rick Wilhite, Norm Tally, Seth Troxler (Watch him in VR), DJ Godfather, Stacey Hotwaxx Hale, Stacy Pullen, T.Linder and of course Richie Hawtin. The festival always showcases Detroit luminaries and this year is no different offering sets with groups like Amp Fiddler (playing with Soulclap) who taught Hip-Hop legends like J Dilla to make beats, to the guys who played with him like Waajeed, Andres. As always it will feature the finest in global House and Techno, highlighting powerhouses like Louis Vega, The Martinez Brothers, Maceo Plex, Anfisa Letyago, 999999999, Uun, Adam Beyer, ANNA, Claude VonStroke, GRiZ, Paula Temple, Will Clarke, Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins, Maya Jane Coles, 2 Chainz and many more.
If you plan is to go this weekend, follow the music, but first get familiarized with the lineup via the Movement Detroit’s official playlist.
Listen to the official Movement Festival Spotify playlist here!