Written by Surya Patel
Since its inception as one of the first electronic music festivals in the United States, Movement has been a Memorial Day staple for movers and shakers around the world. Whether you’re an OG fan or just dipping your toes into the magic of techno, the festival showcases the genre’s best artists in its birthplace: the heart of downtown Detroit.
As expected, Movement has a little something in store for everyone in 2019. This year’s lineup showcases not only some of the most exciting global names in music, namely Disclosure, Get Real (a Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke collaboration project), Gucci Mane, Golf Clap, Fisher, but premier up-and-comers in the house and techno scene like ANNA, Yaeji, and Charlotte De Witte.
Between all the international artists gracing the lineup in 2019, Movement never fails to pay homage to the D’s colorful past. From the “Stargate Stage” housing Detroit’s resident old-school techno staple artists, to Detroit future-funk artist GRiZ and rapper Danny Brown, and acts bridging the gap between Chicago House and Detroit Techno like Seth Troxler, Virgil Abloh, and Wajatta (a lovechild project from producer John Tejada and vocalist/comedian Reggie Watts), wandering around this festival mirrors taking a guided tour of the city’s vast and insane musical history. This year even includes members of the festival’s inaugural lineup: Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson (of the Belleville Three), DJ Godfather, and DJ Minx.
The festival’s diversity and inclusivity makes it not only a mainstay in the United States festival scene, but an event that encompasses exactly why so many people love Techno and House music: it’s about love. With five unique stages, each showcasing a different genre and vibe, a River Garden to relax in while enjoying craft beers, award-winning artist-in-residence Kevin Lyons, onsite Music Technology workshops and demonstrations, and a lineup that never quits, Paxahau and their production team ensures that everyone that steps foot into Hart Plaza this Memorial Day weekend will find somewhere to call home.
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