15 acts you can’t miss at Movement Festival’s 10-year anniversary
This weekend, Detroit’s legendary Movement Festival returns to Hart Plaza on May 28-30, celebrating 10 years under Paxahau management.
As you’d expect from the international techno destination, the high quality control across all five stages at Movement Detroit has left countless difficult decisions for savvy electronic music aficionados. What’s more, the prestige that comes along with playing such a storied festival in the birthplace of techno brings out only the best in artists, making one’s decisions that much harder.
With that said, here are 15 can’t-miss acts spread across each day to guide you through Movement’s 10-year anniversary festival. Tickets are available here.
Saturday, May 28
5-6:30, RBMA stage
Although Movement books a ton of the world’s best DJs to play the festival, they also do a great job of including a variety of Detroit’s best from across generations. Wild Oats label boss Kyle Hall is definitely flying the flag high for Detroit as part of the young wave of producers continuing Motor City’s dance music tradition.
6 – 7:30, Main stage
You never know exactly what you’re going to get with Troxler, and that’s only part of the fun in catching the mustachioed EDM-antagonist’s set. He’s one of the world’s top DJs for a reason, one of Detroit’s strongest advocates, and catching him earlier than he would normally play is definitely going to be a treat.
8:30 – 10, Underground stage
Buried underneath Hart Plaza in a sweaty techno-drenched cement bunker, the Underground stage is an oasis for the true heads. There’s no doubt that London selector, Hotflush boss and production extraordinaire Scuba is going to lay waste to all in his sight with his prime time slot. Earplugs are highly recommended at this loud and atmospheric stage.
9 – 10:45, RBMA stage
Everyone has been buzzing about Four Tet’s incoming Movement debut, and rightfully so. The Text boss with a penchant for polyrhythms knows exactly what’s up when it comes to techno lineage, and will no doubt blast classics alongside some new unreleased material for his nighttime set. Get your track ID requests ready.
10:30 – 12, Main stage
Without Kraftwerk, there might not even be techno (frightful thought, right!?), so it’s only right that the robots are descending upon the Movement main stage to close out the first day. Although Detroit is the undisputed home of techno, the German robots are some of the first innovators in electronic music. A 3-D performance for their Movement debut? This is a no-brainer.
Sunday, May 29
The Black Madonna
6-8, RBMA stage
After years of hustling at legendary Chicago club Smartbar, The Black Madonna has skyrocketed into dance music’s elite, with statement-making irresistible dance music. Regularly turning in lauded performances at Berghain and some of the world’s top clubs, expect some special selections for this evening set.
6 – 7:30, Beatport stage
Expect to get jackin’ as BBC jock and Jackathon mastermind Heidi takes to the decks to serve up her signature blend of body-popping grooves. It will be hard running back and forth between The Black Madonna and Heidi, but that’s a good problem to have.
9 – 10:30, Thump stage
At this point, Berlin is obviously one of the world’s techno capitals, and Bpitch Control boss Ellen Allien has a lot to do with that. One of the most remarkable artists to come from the reunification of Berlin, Allien is a true DJ’s DJ, bouncing between IDM, techno and booty funk with fearlessness and skill.
9 – 10:30, Main stage
The Drumcode boss is one of the most consistent DJs out there and lays down a slamming good set every time. Expect the Swedish producer to unload some powerful techno onto the Main stage crowd to set up his friend and colleague Dubfire.
10:30 – 12, Main stage
No stranger to Movement at all, Dubfire is one of the ultimate picks for techno lovers. Taking the prestigious main stage closing slot, Dubfire will deliver a hybrid live and DJ set for the special occasion — what a way to close out the day before bringing on the debauchery of afterparties!
Monday, May 30
3:30 – 4:30, RBMA stage
Chicago’s most prodigal dance child, DJ Funk’s slammin’ vulgar beats are immediate party-starters. The ghetto house legend is definitely the leading candidate to pull off a repeat of Hudson Mohawke’s raucous RBMA stage performance last year, where even the cops got hype.
4 – 6 , Beatport stage
A true master of the late night warehouse set, tINI steps into the light for a sun-setting time slot at the scenic Beatport stage looking out over the Detroit River into Windsor. The Windsor Police have already told their residents to not make noise complaints this weekend, and the Beatport stage is a main perpetrator in this act.
8:30 – 12, Beatport stage
Although he’s originally from just across the river in Windsor, Ontario, few names in dance music resonate stronger with Detroit techno than Richie Hawtin. Pushing his new technology venture PLAYDifferently, Hawtin has brought along an all-star cast to rock the Beatport stage with blissful techno.
10:45 – 12, Main stage
Berlin’s favorite party-starting duo are doing it live to close out the Main stage for 2016, and will no doubt seize the opportunity to let it rip. Movement is a true artist’s paradise, where the knowledgeable crowds want the DJs to dig deep and deliver their best. Modeselektor performing live is a prime example of Movement magic.
10 – 12, Underground stage
Nina absolutely destroyed the Underground stage last year with a mesmerizing set of amazing cratedigging gems and moody techno. A well-documented lover of acid house, there is no better choice to have her as part of the Acid showcase at the Underground stage this year — this will be special.
All photos courtesy of Douglas Wojciechowski