5 Reasons to Spend Memorial Day at Movement Detroit
As the year begins to warm up, festival announcements have been pouring in gearing up many for an exciting and busy summer season. Movement has stood the test of time while housing a genre that is constantly evolving and expanding. One of the birthplaces of electronic music. where it is part of not only the culture, but also the history of the city.
During Memorial Day weekend, Detroit will host the 10th annual Movement Electronic Music Festival. While many celebrate the annual holiday with cookouts, fireworks and relaxing days off work, this year consider taking a trip to Movement. Here are five reasons why:
- The Culture
Earlier this week, the Detroit Mayor officially declared “Detroit Techno Week” proving how much the genre means to the city. However, Detroit offers much more than music. The festival is held in the historic riverfront Hart Plaza which offers historical statues, art sculptures and a downtown view of Detroit’s awesome architecture.
- The Vibes
Expect a real energy when arriving for the weekend. The Detroit community knows and recognizes the role art and music plays and how it connects people both young and old. Kids are admitted free and there is a grand art showcase by artist, 2051, as well as lunchtime yoga sessions. Share in the collective vibe where there is sure to be as many smiles as there is bass drops.
- The Equipment
One fascinating aspect of Movement is the Technology Area. With technology being the driving tool behind electronic music, visit this showcase to get up close and personal with electronic music production/performance hardware, software and other accessories that your favorite producer might use. There will be presentations and workshops that are sure to enlighten and inspire.
- The After Parties
In Detroit, the music does not stop all weekend. While the festival lasts from noon to midnight, the city also hosts a magnitude of after parties which can last till dawn and beyond at various venues surrounding the festival grounds. Highlights include a nine hour open to close set from tech-house extraordinaire Matthew Dear, a funky beat laden escape with DJ Biz Markie and Soul Clap, and a hard hitting techno journey with Derrick May and Salar Ansari celebrating 30 years of the iconic Detroit record label, Transmat.
- The Legends
Not only did some of the biggest names in modern electronic get booked, Movement also brought out the legends and godfathers. Making synthy electropop since the 1970’s Kraftwerk will be on hand with an amazing 3D visual display. Techno legends Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins will also be attendance this year. Additionally, one of the best producer collaborations of late, Get Real, featuring Dirtybird co-founder Claude VonStroke and techno pro Green Velvet, will be closing out the festival.