One of the biggest electronic music festivals returns to the birthplace of techno this Memorial Day weekend when Movement takes over Hart Plaza in Detroit on May 25-27. The lineup this year includes one of the originators of techno music, Kevin Saunderson, in addition to other local acts such as Carl Craig, Kenny Larkin, Octave One and GRiZ.
The history of Movement dates back to the year 2000 when it was known as Detroit Electronic Music Festival. The idea was to celebrate techno music in the city of its birth. The event was a success, drawing in more than one million attendees and contributing millions of dollars to the local economy.
In 2003, the festival was renamed Movement and held that name for two years before being renamed Fuse-In in 2005 by Saunderson, who had taken up the reigns of producing the festival after the departure of fellow “Belleville Three” Derrick May. One year later, ownership of the festival traded hands from Saunderson to event production company Paxahau, and the festival was once again renamed Movement and has held that name since.
In addition to nearly 100 artists performing throughout the weekend, festival goers can also patronize retailers, artisans, record labels and more who will have a presence at the festival. Find festival merch, new vinyl and more. Food & drink vendors will also be on site.
If you don’t want the party to stop, check out one of the many official afterparties surrounding Movement. Venues such as Magic Stick, Leland City Club and TV Lounge will play host to some of the same artists from the official lineup. If the anticipation is killing you, there will also be a slew of pre-parties happening throughout April and May.
With techno and electronic music having such a large presence in Detroit, Movement is a perfect culmination of a fandom and genre of music that came from the city. After nearly two decades of this music festival, it shows no signs of stopping.