People on the cement pyramid in Hart Plaza trying to catch a clear view of the Red Bull Music Academy stage
The packed crowd at the Araabmuzik set
Major Lazer performance
Benoit & Sergio at the Beatport Stage
Made in Detroit
Nic Fanciulli and Joris Voorn
The Underground stage below Hart Plaza, easily the best acoustics of the entire festival
What other festivals lack that Movement reigns supreme with is the amazing food and drink tents––like the famous Slow's BBQ!
Smoked pork tacos and mac & cheese = ultimate food coma
Local artists painted murals throughout the entire festival. Chalk art was encouraged everywhere.
The Main Stage, the place where everyone got buck
The Red Bull Music Academy stage
As a Detroit native, it's great for me to come home for the Movement: Electronic Music Festival and see how far the city has come in the past decade. It all started in 2000, when Pop Culture Media's Carol Marvin worked with house music legend Carl Craig to book an eclectic range of house, techno, and electronic artists from all over the world to play the first-ever festival. Marvin also booked both powerhouses from all over Europe as well as lesser-know locals in the scene to play along.
Now in its 12th year, Movement last weekend was bigger than ever. PAXAHAU, Detroit's own electronic event producer, booked over 100 artists and spread them over five stages, including names like ARAABMUZIK, Benoit & Sergio, Major Lazer, Public Enemy, and more. Located in the heart of the city at Hart Plaza, along the water with a beautiful view of Canada, the event raged on for three days. And while the festival would officially shutter at midnight, the party would only start up again in various clubs and warehouses all over the city.
The festival began with a downpour on Saturday morning, but luckily the rest of the weekend was nothing but clear skies and a light breeze––perfect summer weather. OCNY's Nicholas and I had a blast. Check out our photos, Nicholas' video, and stay tuned for our interviews with Movement artists, to come.
Photos by James Parker and Nicholas Kiehle