MOVEMENT ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL @ PHILIP A. HART PLAZA, DETROIT – FESTIVAL PREVIEW
MAY 26-28, 2018
Movement, one of the world’s best electronic music festivals, has announced another solid lineup for May 26-28, 2018. Heavyweights Claude VonStroke, Loco Dice, b2b, The Martinez Brothers, and Wu-Tang Clan 25th Anniversary will be closing the main stage Saturday to Monday night, respectively. Detroit natives and near-natives The Saunderson Brothers, Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, Gene Farris, Seth Troxler and Todd Osborn will also be playing Hart Plaza.
Other popular acts include: Dubfire, John Digweed, Justin Martin, Laurent Garnier, Lee Burridge, Luciano, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Tiga, Too Short, Nina Kraviz and Öona Dahl. This year also boasts more live sets: Aurora Halal, Blake Baxter, Ectomorph, Gaiser, Inner City, KiNK, Milan Ariel, Shigeto, Stone Owl and Waajeed. Modeselektor will play a DJ set.
And that’s just the main festival. Starting this month, pre-parties are playing every weekend in Motor City. During Movement, TV Lounge will be hosting its usual great after-parties, along with Justin Martin’s Dirtybird party on Saturday night. Don’t forget Troxler’s Old Miami party – although word has spread and it’s busier than ever.
Movement’s honest roots, steeped in Detroit techno, have made Motor City’s Hart Plaza a mecca for techno fans since taking over from DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival) in 2003. Save a few name changes and organizers over the years, along with a national ad campaign for television featuring Juan Atkins’ music in 2003, Movement was helmed by Detroit Techno legends Kevin Saunderson the year before, and Derrick May took over to 2006. Despite budgetary cuts and name changes, Movement has continued to deliver one of the most solid techno festivals worldwide.
I’m curious to hear Wu-Tang Clan’s 25th anniversary as well as the Godfather of French Techno, Laurent Garnier’s set – will Garnier drop his 1997 bomb, “Crispy Bacon,” just past its 20th anniversary? It’s also nice to see J.Phlip on the festival stage after she dropped a killer set in the VIP Lounge last year. Plus the lengthy list of solid DJs and booked talent. Another phenomenal line up again.
While Movement is a little quieter on Detroit talent at the festival for 2018, the after parties are definitely making up for it. There’s no denying that Detroit hustles harder.
Festival Tip: Book your accommodations NOW. If you’re strapped for cash, fear not. The festival has rolled out a payment plan so you can avoid the nasty sting of the American dollar.