Movement’s three-day downtown festival hit with fans
By Dylan Randolph
Editor in Chief
This past Memorial Day weekend (May 28 to May 30), nearly 100,000 electronic music lovers from around the globe descended upon downtown Detroit to experience this year’s Detroit Movement festival.
From the moment the gates opened at noon each day to the time it closed each night festival goers were inundated with 12 hours of euphoric sounds of techno music filling the air. The low bass line hitting making the body pulse to the beat of the music. The high hats and snares traveled through the atmosphere and the vocal samples that blared out of the speakers got everyone amped up to celebrate electronic music in its purest form. Over 120 acts performed across five stages during the course of the three-day festival.
Upon entering the main gates of the festival the crowd was greeted by the “Made in Detroit Thump” stage where they were introduced to the initial sounds of the night. As well as being objected to the vendors that soon started calling out to the crowds for them to come look at the new merchandise up for sale. Festival goers would soon be overwhelmed with the aroma of delicious mouthwatering food selections at the center of the plaza. Food trucks, local restaurants such as Slows BBQ and carnival concession stands surrounded Hart Plaza keeping attendees well fed throughout the weekend.
From the front of the festival to the edge of the Detroit River 5 stages were set up in order for the crowd to dance around and party at their leisure. If the crowd wanted to hear some of their favorite local artists play a set they could visit the “Beatport” stage, the “Redbull Music Academy” stage, the “Opportunity” stage or even the “Underground” stage. However, if it was big names acts that they were desiring, the “Movement main stage” was the place to be. Throughout the festival well known acts such as Maceo Plex, Kraftwerk, Dubfire, Modeskeletor and many more artists were featured there.
During the first night of the festival the headliner of the “Movement Main stage” was Kraftwerk, which presented their set on a 3D screen. Once Maceo Plex ended his set around 10:10 p.m a flood of fans rushed toward the main stage to see on of their favorite artists. A hush fell over the crowd as the anticipation built for Kraftwerk to make their appearance. When the curtain suddenly fell to reveal the 3D screen, the crowd erupted with excitement. Soon enough the familiar sounds of their song “We are the Robots” came flowing out of the speakers and into the crowd. The stage wasn’t the only thing 3D; on stage the four members of Kraftwerk were portrayed by robotic mannequins throughout the duration of the first song. Once “We are the Robots” was through and the robots left the stage, the live members of Kraftwerk continued their 3D set with a beautiful psychedelic show.
Another headliner that performed on the “Underground” stage was Kill the Noise. If the crowd wanted to hear a harder version of techno music, or Dubstep, Kill the Noise was the man to see. Throughout his set fans went chaotic as they danced around to the bass that poured from the speakers. In fact, at one point during his set the bass was so intense the needle was skipping off the track. Fans were mesmerized as Kill the Noise played an absolutely amazing set that consisted of remixes of “The Next Episode” by Snoop Dogg and Doctor Dre, “m.A.A.d City” by Kendrick Lamar, “Dolphins” an original song by Kill the Noise and many more samples which ended in heavy bass drops.
“I’m not really here to see one DJ in particular…they’re all amazing and as long as I can dance, that’s all I need” said Megan Welsh who travelled five hours from Chicago, Illinois to be a part of the festivities.
“The thing I love most about festivals like these is all the new friends you get to meet. Like so far today I have met people from New York, Chicago and even Florida,” said Kevin Henley from Sandusky, Ohio.
From noon to midnight on Memorial Day weekend, Detroit was taken over by techno for the 10th year in a row with no end in sight. Despite warm temperatures and the threat of rain each day, the mixed weather conditions didn’t seem to slow the party down. “This is my fourth year and it just keeps getting better. Being in an environment like this…there’s nothing like it” said Eric Stevens from Royal Oak.
House music, Dubstep, trap music and so much more have evolved from techno music since it’s creations in the 80’s. But every year on Memorial Day weekend Detroit gets back to the basics with its beloved fans from all around the world.