Detroit – The Movement festival, one of America’s finest electronic-music events, will take over the Motor City this Memorial Day weekend. Presented by Paxahau, the festival will run Saturday, May 25, thru Monday night, May 27, at Hart Plaza and will feature some of the globe’s top electronic talents. Headliners include: Disclosure, Orbital, Loco Dice, Danny Brown, Richie Hawtin, Hot Since 82 and Stephan Bodzin.
As always, DJ Times will be at Movement with its annual America’s Best DJ promotion. At its dedicated ABDJ booth, fans can vote for their favorite U.S.-based DJs with a chance to win prizes from DJ Times and DJ Expo. Of the 100 ABDJ nominees, a dozen will perform at Movement. They include: (May 25) Josh Wink; Soul Clap; Stacey Pullen and Carl Craig; (May 26) Dubfire (with Nicole Moudaber and Paco Osuna); DJ Godfather; and Kevin Saunderson (with The Saunderson Brothers); (May 27) MK; Green Velvet and Claude VonStroke (as Get Real); GRiZ; and J. Phlip.
And don’t sleep on the Movement afterparties, running Friday thru Monday nights. Here are some of the highlighted events:
Movement Official Launch Party – DJ Harvey All Night Long
Held at Marble Bar, this event will feature the eclectic legend DJ Harvey on the patio, plus a trio of jocks indoors – Patrice Scott, Michael Geiger and DJ Holographic. If you’ve never seen Harvey, do yourself a favor – his sets are as satisfying as they are unpredictable. Tickets here.
Saturday, May 25
Wizardry: Damian Lazarus, DJ Tennis & DJ Three
Looking for great, late-night action? This party – held at Leland City Club and featuring this indomitable trio on the decks – will definitely do the business. Tickets at the door.
Soul Clap’s House of Efunk Detroit 2019
Get ready to shake that booty at TV Lounge with Crew Love in the house. Soul Clap and a parade of talent like Justin Martin, Joe Claussell, Stacey Pullen, DJ Heather and more will get the groove going in a big way. Tickets here.
Detroit Love: Official Movement Afterparty with Carl Craig, Seth Troxler & More
Held at Magic Stick, hometown techno heroes Carl Craig and Seth Troxler will hold sway with top-notch support like DJ Minx and Mirko Loko. Tickets here.
Sunday, May 26
25 Years of Ovum
Held at El Bar, Josh Wink’s Ovum Recordings label celebrates a quarter-century of producing quality electronic music. Along with Wink, Manik and Ambivalent will rock the joint. Tickets here.
Held at the wonderful indoor/outdoor TV Lounge, this event is a perennial winner. Featuring Derrick Carter, DJ Jus-Ed, Delano Smith and more, this year’s entry should be no different. Tickets here.
Dirtybird Presents: Official Movement Afterparty
Held at Bert’s Warehouse, this always-wild party will present Will Clarke, Shiba San, Worthy and “Special Guest.” Gee, I wonder who? Tickets here.
Origins: Official Movement Afterparty
Held at Magic Stick, this party offers a helluva lineup, including Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May (Hi-Tek Soul), Patrick Topping and the Saunderson Brothers. Tickets here.
ObserveScene: Official Movement Afterparty
Yearning for tougher tunes? Look no further. At The Baltimore Gallery, Observe (LA) and Scene (Detroit) collaborate with a lineup that includes Planetary Assault Systems, Henning Baer, Adam X and more. Tickets here.
Monday, May 27
Official Movement 2019 Closing Party
Set for Bert’s Warehouse, this event is sure to slay with German techno maven Chris Liebing going b2b with Dutch upstart Charlotte de Witte. Tickets here.
Repopulate Mars: Official Movement Afterparty
Held at Magic Stick, Lee Foss’ branded party is sure to please with a lineup that includes “special guest,” Latmun, Caleb Calloway and Secondcity. Tickets here.