Once again over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend a hundred thousand people will gather in Detroit’s Hart Plaza for the Movement Festival. Often called America’s premier Techno fest Paxahau has released a partial line up that includes some of the biggest names in the industry.
Also known as DEMF, the Movement Festival showcases the best in techno from local and abroad and have done so now for a solid 13 years. Plus, the after-parties contain near same line-ups to WMC and unlike Miami are half the price and within walking distance of each other. This years line-up includes techno veterans Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Loco Dice, even Pete Tong and that is just the first phase. Rumor has it that Richie Hawtin, who is already scheduled for the event will do another Plastikman show. If you book early enough you can enjoy a stunning high-rise view of the festival grounds from your hotel window.
With Detroit’s ever-changing landscape 2014 promises a near revolution or rebirth of the techno genre. Post Movement there are two more festivals scheduled for the summer. The three-day Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) will return to Campus Martius Park over Fourth of July weekend, part of a two-fest endeavor that will include the accompanying Federation of Electronic Music Technology (FEMT) inside Ford Field.
Some history on the festival. Carol Marvin created the original DEMF from 2000-2002. Detroit did not renew her contract in 2003 so Derrick May and fellow DJ’s took over, but Carol Marvin did keep rights to the DEMF name. In 2005 the fledgling inner-city festival changed from free to a reasonable ticket price of $25 as the city dropped the event’s funding. Kevin Saunderson was now in charge and this led to the festival being renamed Fuse-In Detroit. Unfortunately that year the Detroit festival did not recoup its budget of $750k. This loss forced Saunderson to step back in producing future events and the following the ‘Motor City’ chose Paxahau and Movement (MEMF) was born.
For tickets and more information visit: movement.us/