Each year on Memorial Day weekend, thousands of people from across the globe gather for Movement Festival. In the birthplace of Techno, music lovers celebrate the heritage of Detroit and its musical influence over countless generations, new and old. The festival takes place in Hart Plaza – Detroit’s legendary riverfront destination, seeing up to 300, 000 festival goers donning black nonstop dancing to techno beats for three days! 

I have a day by day plan for all you music lovers and I can’t wait to experience this insane festival!

Montreal festival favorites Maceo Plex, Ida Engberg, Christian Smith and Lee Burridge will all take the helm performing on the newly-designed Pyramid Stage – I guess that’s where I will be summoned on Saturday!  The Movement Stage will also feature performances by Justin Martin, Solardo, and Dirtybird’s rising star FisherCarl Craig and friends will take over the newly-designed Stargate Stage for another edition of Detroit Love; and the Resident Advisor Underground Stage will host one of Detroit’s most celebrated labels, Interdimensional Transmissions, for a day reminiscent of the group’s famous warehouse parties, featuring performances by Ectormorph – live, Marco Shuttle, Helena Hauff and many more.

Below I have Maceo Plex’s boiler room set from 2 years ago *FUN FACT* the infamous Ellum Guy became famous dancing his butt off to this set… enjoy!

On Sunday the second day of madness, the Movement Stage will feature Montreal favourite John Digweed to set us up for the evening, it will also feature a rare b2b closing set by Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers.

Loco Dice is someone who can puzzle together intangible moods with a direct approach, while The Martinez Brother’s DJ sets are full of energy, fuelled by the brothers’ in-depth knowledge and an innate ability to guide the crowd. I am ecstatic about this, I’ve seen them both and they killed it… this set will be a special one!!

Nina Kraviz is closing the Pyramid Stage on Day 2 as well. This talented artist has been top notch time and time again with her intense heavy acid and techno. This conflict will have many people confused about where to be. Let’s highlight the Pyramid Stage which is stacked with global talent from start to finish, featuring Nastia, Tiga, and Marcel Dettman. Below I have a mix by Nina Kraviz who will be making her way to Montreal before her Movement performance and yes, you should definitely be excited. 

On the closing night of Memorial Day weekend, Movement 2018 closes out with a special performance by all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan celebrating the legendary hip-hop group’s 25th anniversary! The Stargate Stage will host some of dance music’s brightest young talent out today, including REZZ,Mija, and J.Phlip.  One of the most talked about Techno artists in 2017, Charlotte de Witte makes her Movement debut on theResident Advisor Underground Stage; Her hard hitting dark bassy techno is worth the hype once you hear her set below. 

As we come together and dance, we thank that this successful event has been brought to you by Paxahau. They specialize in producing music festivals and events incorporating the most innovative sound designs and always placing the highest priority on music. Paxahau established itself in the 1990s as an underground party promoter and online resource to showcase electronic music culture in Detroit. They’re recognized across the world by artists, community members, and industry executives as a pioneering promoter rooted firmly in the birthplace of Techno.

Lastly, Download the Movement 2018 App to customize your schedule, discover new artists, view the festival map and much more.

See you on Detroit’s dancefloors!

Article by Hellan