Movement Detroit

By Jermaine Bailey

To say that Movement festival Detroit was badass would be the understatement of the year. From the moment the plane took off, I knew that I was on a different kind of adventure. When the gates of the festival opened to the thunderous applause of a techno savvy, driven crowd, to the moment legendary Kraftwork took to the stage, Movement was a feast for the eyes, mind, body and soul. Movement has been lovingly dubbed “Techno Christmas” by the droves of aficionados that have been spending their Memorial Day weekend there for over a decade.


When the last official festival set ends at midnight, Detroit comes to life with a spark of after-parties. There was even a surprise sunrise set for those that have a bit of extra fuel remaining in their tank.


The only downside to the festival was navigating the six stages and trying to see your favorite artists all at the same time. This was a complete mission onto itself. To kick things off with a serious party groove Saturday night, Seth Troxler threw down a set that even shocked the old heads in attendance  The wild and infectious crowd grooved right along as Seth went into what can only be described as a killer death mix.


Next up to bat was the hugely under-rated Maceo Plex, who brought along his bag of classic true-to-form techno. The crowd slowed down just long enough for me to take a quick beer and pee break. However, upon my return Maceo Plex had whipped the crowd up into a euphoric mass hysteria.


To top off the night on the main stage were the legendary Kraftwork, straight from Germany with their brand of weird melodic sounds. They left the crowd wanting something a bit more upbeat. That was fine by me as it was now time to smash the after parties.


Sunday, I meant to attend the Yoga class that started daily at 12:30 PM on the Opportunity Detroit Stage, but I struggled to push myself out of bed before the crack of 2:00 PM, and the struggle was real. I managed to make it back to the festival just in time to catch Argentina’s beloved Barem who rocked the main stage with a cool laid back chilled out groovy house vibe.


The Six stages of the festival were comprised of:


1.The Movement Main Stage

2.Red Bull Music Academy



5. Underground

6.Opportunity Detroit


Each stage provided something just a little bit different for the energetic crowd. The Beatport and Thump stages were my personal favorites. Sunday seemed to be super chilled out, fun, and carefree. If Saturday was to be called the kick-off, well then Sunday was the TRUE party. Next up to bat was the amazing, yet underrated, Dj Seoul with his smooth blend of jams that kept me rocking well after his set had finished.


Meanwhile, Magda over at the Beatport Stage with her wild and chaotic self, brought me to my knees with her electro set. Next up to bat was the legendary Heidi. She stepped up to the stage and KILLED it.


Some of the other acts that were equally impressive included The Black Madonna, Dj Tennis, Tale Of Us, and Art Department.


The highlight to close out MOVEMENT with a serious bang had to be Ritchie Hawtin’s kick ass, knock down, almost 4 hour set that sent the techno savvy crowd off on a serious high-note, leaving us all waiting for MOVEMENT 2017……….