Detroit – After a 2012 event that smashed its own attendance record by drawing over 107,000 fans, Motown’sMovement festival will rock Hart Plaza again this Memorial Day weekend. Many of the globe’s major DJs and electronic acts will perform on the festival’s five stages and a slew of afterparties will keep the beats going all weekend long. Movement is produced by Paxahau Event Productions.
Set for May 25-27, Movement will serve as the kick-off event for the America’s Best DJ promotion and its Summer Tour. Presented by title sponsor Pioneer DJ and DJ Times, the 20-event tour will support an online vote that will answer the annual question: Who’s America’s Best DJ? (To vote and see the latest tour details, please visitwww.AmericasBestDJ.net.)
At Movement and other tour-related events—like Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival on June 21-23, Chicago’sWavefront Music Festival on July 5-7, Denver’s Global Dance Festival on July 19-21 and a variety of major club gigs at venues like Vegas’ Marquee Nightclub—DJ Times will maintain a dedicated America’s Best DJ exhibition booth and collect paper-ballot votes from fans supporting their favorite U.S.-based DJs.
Both the online voting and the tour will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and the America’s Best DJ Award Show/Closing Party will take place October 13 at Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Fans who vote (in-person and online) and fans who keep up with America’s Best DJ on Facebook and Twitter can win a slew of prizes from Pioneer DJ and DJ Times magazine. Additionally, one lucky voter (chosen randomly) will win a trip for two to the Las Vegas closing event. Vote ABDJ and win. Visit ABDJ social media and win.
Special for Movement Detroit: One lucky ABDJ voter, chosen randomly, will win a pair of VIP tickets to Chicago’sWavefront Music Festival. Again, visit DJ Times’ ABDJ booth—vote and win.
Out of the 100 U.S.-based jocks nominated for the America’s Best DJ title, a good handful will perform at Movement. They include Amtrac, Carl Craig, Dennis Ferrer, Derrick May, Dubfire, François K, Green Velvet/Cajmere, Kevin Saunderson, Louie Vega (of Masters At Work), Moby, Nicolas Jaar, Paper Diamond, Soul Clap, Stacey Pullen, and TOKiMONSTA.
Another Interesting Movement Event: Boiler Room x Movement Detroit will include special live streaming sets by ABDJ nominee Stacey Pullen, plus Richie Hawtin, Magda, Daniel Bell and Ben Simms on Sunday, May 26 (3-7 p.m., EDT). The live stream is found here.
Some of Movement’s more entertaining official afterhours parties include: Desolatismus with Martin Buttrich at Bleu on May 24; Movement presents Jak Attak with Richie Hawtin at City Club on May 25; CLR Detroit 2013 with Chris Liebing at St. Andrews Hall on May 25; Nightsneak presents DirtyBird Players with Claude Von Stroke at Russell Industrial Center on May 25; Blackflag Recordings present Stacey Pullen at Bleu with Maria Moudaber on May 26; and Klockwerks Label Night with Ben Klock and DVS2 at The Works on May 27.
The 2012 America’s Best DJ vote resulted in a victory by Markus Schulz. The Miami-based trance jock edged a diverse group of DJs that included Steve Aoki, Skrillex, BT, Z-Trip, Porter Robinson, Wolfgang Gartner, A-Trak, Diplo and Bassnectar. At promotion’s end, Schulz was flown to Las Vegas and, this past Oct. 7, was presented with a gold-platedPioneer DJM-900nexus mixer from Davey Dave Arevalo, Pioneer’s Sr. Manager – Marketing/Artist Relations. Afterward,Schulz wowed the crowd at Marquee Nightclub, enjoying an evening of glory that comes with being voted America’s Best DJ.
Who will it be this year?