Now in its 16th year, Detroit's Movement Festival showcases electronic music's thriving underground.
Memorial Day weekend has turned into a field day for EDM fans and a nightmare for promoters, with six major dance music festivals competing for the same big-name DJs. But the Movement Electronic Music Festival, which is held in Detroit, the city cited as the birthplace of techno, has carved out its own lane as the country's premiere event for dance music purists. Instead of chasing chart-toppers, the organizers, Paxahau Promotions, dig deep into electronic music’s progressive underground and serve up a sophisticated bill of pioneers and rising stars. The festival's 16th installment took place from May 23-25 in downtown's Hart Plaza and drew an estimated 100,000 fans over three days.
This year’s event stayed true to form with a roaring Underground Stage (located, fittingly, beneath the concrete plaza center) that spotlighted buzzed-about talents like Berlin’s Rødhåd and New York’s Anthony Parasole, a Red Bull Music Academy stage that leaned hip-hop with acts like Method Man and French producer Brodinski, and a main stage featuring Detroit natives Griz and Richie Hawtin alongside some of 2015's most talked-about producers Ten Walls, Dixon and Maceo Plex.