It’s Memorial Day weekend here in Detroit, and that can only mean two things: the unofficial start to summer and Movement weekend. Since its inception in 2006, Movement has established itself as one of the top electronic music festivals in the world. While the price of tickets has significantly gone up in recent years, that hasn’t detracted the droves of fans that grace Hart Plaza each and every Memorial Day Weekend. This year, in what many are calling the most diverse lineup, the creative minds at Paxahau have added another stage and many features to allow guests to have the best experience yet.
Spanning three full days, not including the multiple before-parties starting that Friday, Movement transforms the city of Detroit into the epicenter of the electronic community. With guests coming from all over the globe, Hart Plaza has become a mecca for electronic music fans both young and old – proving you are never too old or too young to dance.
Not sure where to start? Well, these names will be drawing the most buzz:
- Action Bronson: This chef-turned-rapper will cook up some fresh rhymes on Saturday from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Fresh off the debut of his food-focused monthly web series, this New York-based rapper will bring his quick-witted lyrics to the Moog Stage.
- Carl Cox: Closing down the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy stage on Monday will be the legendary British house music DJ and producer Carl Cox. No stranger to Movement, Cox will conclude Movement 2014 with his signature techno/house sounds from 10:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
- Ed Rush and Optical: Closing out the Moog Stage Saturday night will be the legendary drum ‘n’ bass duo of London’s Ed Rush and Optical. Since teaming up in 1998, Ed Rush and Optical has been one of the strongest duos in the drum ‘n’ bass world. You can catch them on Saturday from 10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
- Jeff Mills: The face of the second wave of Detroit techno, “The Wizard” will play for three hours on the Underground Stage on Sunday from 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. A founding member of the infamous Motor City musical collective, Underground Resistance, this is one set you do not want to miss.
- Just Blaze: If you have listened to hip-hop in the last 15 years, chances are you have heard a Just Blaze-produced song. Blaze has had his hands on just about everyone, from Jay Z to Redman to Lupe Fiasco and everyone in between. This year, Just Blaze will showcase his talents on the Moog Stage from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
- Pete Tong: Legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong will make his Movement debut on the Beatport Stage. On Monday from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., you will be able to catch Pete as he plays tunes that range from acid house to pure electronic music.
- Richie Hawtin: The face and name most synonymous with Detroit Techno, the Windsor native always draws the festival’s biggest crowds, whether he is playing under his alias Plastikman (2010) or as Richie Hawtin. You can expect him to bring his signature style to the ones and twos as he closes out Sunday’s Red Bull Music Academy Stage from 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
- Riff Raff: This is another can’t-miss act on Saturday. You may remember Riff Raff from VH1’s “From G’s to Gents.” A major force on Diplo’s Mad Decent label, “Jody Highroller” will bring his gritty southern lyrics to the Moog Stage on Saturday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Skream: One of the pioneering figures in the dubstep genre, this British producer is a pleasant surprise for this year’s festival. A member of the dubstep super group Magnetic Man, Skream has collaborated and produced for artists such as Kelis, Chromeo and John Legend, just to name a few. Don’t miss Skream on the Beatport Stage on Monday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Timeline: Closing down the first night will be Timeline, presented by Underground Resistance (UR). Timeline Live will be an adventure through the musical mazes of Detroit, between jazz and techno, between the past and the future. Timeline consists of Mike Banks, Jon Dixon, DeSean Jones and DJ Mark Flash. Timeline will perform on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage from 10:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Here are some other notable performers you should check out:
- Baauer: Remember the “Harlem Shake?” He’ll be on the Moog Stage Sunday, 10:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Bonobo: This downtempo Ninja Tune recording artist will be on the Moog Stage Monday, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Claude VonStroke: This Detroit-raised San Francisco producer asks the question, “Who is afraid of Detroit?” He’ll be on the Beatport Stage on Saturday, 10:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
- Flosstradamus: The Fool’s Gold Records duo will bring their trap sounds to the Moog Stage Monday, 10:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
- John Digweed: He’s one half of legendary progressive duo Sasha & John Digweed, and he’ll be on the Red Bull Music Stage Sunday, 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Movement will be held Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26 from 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. in Detroit’s Hart Plaza. For more information including scheduling, lodging, parking, after parties and tickets, please visit Movement.US.
**featured image credit to Carlos Cruz/ Red Bull Content Pool and DJ Times**