For fans of electronic music, it seems like the major electronic music festivals have decided to draw their tier-1 and tier-2 headliners from the same pool of names. Not surprising, since the influx of BIG corporate money devoured the influential regional promotions and traded the safety of the same big names for the character and individuality of events long past.
There are a still few hold-outs. The Paxahau crew, organizers of Detroit’s Movement Festival over Memorial Day weekend, continue to book a festival that celebrates Detroit’s heritage as the birthplace of techno, while peppering the lineup with enough familiar names that new/casual fans take interest.
Household names such as Disclosure, Method Man and Snoop Dogg (under his DJ Snoopadelic moniker) are the most recognizable names to appear. You’ll see Skrillex on the lineup, but it’s a fine-print booking — partnered up with Boys Noize as their Dog Blood project. If you’re looking for the big room/progressive/bro-house sound that’s crossed over to top-40 radio, you’ll find this event pretty thin on those artists.
The abundance of riches at Movement is discovery — the revelatory mid-day live performance at the Red Bull Music Academy stage or a next-level DJ set at the Beatport stage.
Newer fans attending have opportunities to see artists that built the foundations of electronic music — Richie Hawtin, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins.
Fans of live bands and hybrid live PA performances are well-served with GRiZ, !!!, Henrik Shwarz, Matador and SquarePusher blurring the lines between DJing and live performance.
Detroit’s Hart Plaza and downtown skyline provide the ideal setting for the weekend’s activities. Plus, three days for $150 general admission ticket is the best value in the festival scene.
It’s an honor for all of the artists invited to perform at Movement, and an honor to cover the festival as well. IndyMojo will be checking back in throughout the weekend with live updates and (with luck) some conversations with the artists to put the festival in context.
Rudy Kizer is program director for Mojo Radio and can’t wait to get out of Indianapolis for Movement.
Hart Plaza (Detroit, MI)
- $150 general admission three-day pass
- $75 single day pass
- $260 VIP three-day pass