Come 2018, the Detroit Pistons and Red Wings will have new homes near downtown Detroit. The construction is actually not that far removed from Hart Plaza — the home for Movement Electronic Music Festival over the last 11 years. Judging by main stage attendance, new partnerships (like the Rick & Morty bus), and response to unfortunate weather situations, there should be no reason for Movement to vacate the multi-layer waterfront footprint anytime soon.
Wisely, Paxahau Productions have found new ways to expand the intimate facilities. Now justifiably dubbed the Pyramid Stage, the most lavish of the stages has been extended to contain a VIP area in efforts to free up space for general admission attendees.
While it might seem a bit odd that the long-time Made In Detroit Stage now carries the Stargate (presented by Thump) tag, it’s hard to argue about branded platforms when this partnership only allows for more regional tastemakers to be featured during the extended Memorial Day weekend. (A smaller local stage now exists for those chosen talents.)
A seemingly permanent fixture within the festival, the Red Bull Music Academy has truly nurtured a festival-within-a festival during the entirety of Detroit techno week. While legends like Larry Heard would have undoubtedly made their way into the bill, it’s hard to imagine The Gaslamp Killer or TT the Artist on the lineups without the relationship.
Dirtybird is also an unmistakable force at Movement. Not only do their artists show up for unannounced parties (j.phlip in the VIP area on Monday for her birthday), they also run out of merch and have to tweet mid-festival concerning updated quantities. Unfortunately, the mau5trap label couldn’t shine during the event. Due to Sunday’s heavy storms, Joel Zimmerman’s Testpilot set was negatively impacted by several technical issues. Graciously, the outspoken producer apologized on social media for the “bullshit” performance.
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