Written by Natasha Lenart
Movement Electronic Music Festival is one of the premier techno and house music festivals in the United States. Known for bringing out electronic music legends, the festival appropriately takes place in city where techno itself was born, Detroit. The festival is held at Hart Plaza, a truly perfect venue for the event. I greatly appreciated the way the festival was designed, as there were 5 full-size stages, and there was zero sound bleeding. A feat that not many festivals have been able to achieve, it is obvious that this long-standing event has really gotten things right.
A true celebration of underground music at its heart, the festival reflects the ever-evolving music scene. This year’s lineup featured some insane heavy hitters. Friday featured artists such as Amelie Lens, Orbital, Carl Craig, and Maya Jane Coles. The highlight on Friday, though, was undoubtedly Disclosure’s DJ set. I was so happy to see them on a festival lineup, and am still hoping to see them move out of their hiatus and back into the festival circuit, and maybe even a tour in the future. The weekend continued on with more incredible artists, with Saturday’s lineup including performances by Nastia,Chris Liebing, Richie Hawtin, and Dubfire b2b Nicole Moudaber b2b Pac Osuna.
Charlotte de Witte’s sunset set absolute stole the show for me, though. I’ve been hoping to see her for so long, and to no surprise, she absolutely blew me away. The weekend concluded on Labor Day, and even on a Monday, the party continued. Get Real (Claude VonStroke b2b Green Velvet), J. Phlip, Tale of Us, and Hot Since 82 all played on Monday. Griz closed out the festival on Monday night with a live set, an artist I was actually surprised to see on the lineup. As the festival is known for pretty closely sticking to house and techno artists with a few rappers sprinkled in, seeing a funk artist on the bill shows how receptive the festival organizers are to adding new sounds and styles to their lineup.
Overall, the festival was an awesome experience and I was so happy to get the chance to finally make it out to Detroit to see what Movement is all about! We can’t wait to see what next year’s lineup is going to look like. We’re so eager to go back and enjoy another year of awesome music and underground vibes!
Additionally, if you haven’t had a chance to check out our interview with the legendary duo Orbital at Movement 2019, you can read on HERE.
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