The heartbeat of techno music beats in Detroit and this weekend it will be heard loud and clear throughout the city.
Memorial Day celebrations are part of one of Detroit's most distinctive cultural traditions, as the electronic music festival Movement takes over Hart Plaza and parties for revelers are held throughout the city.
The movement takes place from Saturday to Monday and offers the largest line-up to date, with over 120 artists on six stages. Weekend tickets and day tickets are available.
It is the 22nd Memorial Day weekend techno festival in Detroit and the 16th organized by Paxahau, a Detroit-based promoter that hosted the festival in 2006.
Here is an overview:
First female title
Belgian DJ-producer Charlotte de Witte made a worldwide sensation when she made her Movement debut, busking the underground scene in 2018. This year she will be headlining the main stage on Sunday evenings, often days packed with clubbers of festivals, becoming the first woman to headline a Detroit techno festival since its inception in 2000.
De Witte arrives in Detroit after the release of the new EP "Overdrive" and the single "High Street". He will play on the deck of the Hart Plaza Bowl Sunday at 10:30pm.
Several veteran UK duos will also be headlining: Basement Jaxx, best known for the 1999 song 'Red Alert', will take the main stage on Saturday, and the festival will conclude on Monday when Underworld finally plays Movement following last year's bookings from the band. 2020 was interrupted by closure due to COVID-19.
Skrillex will be doing a facelift on Monday at 8pm after sponsoring the festival last year to round out two albums that were eventually released in February: Quest for Fire and Don't Get Too Close."
Saturday's highlights also include Three 6 Mafia and Zeds Dead, while Sunday they will feature Caribou, Green Velvet and Defected Records in a showcase hosted by Kevin Saunderson. Monday Dom Dolla with John Summit, Kaskade Redux and more.
Detroit flexed its muscles
The movement has made a name for itself by bringing together internationally recognized talent with local Detroit DJs, who remain the spiritual hub of the event.
Techno godfather Juan Atkins will headline Sunday under his pseudonym Cybotron, revisiting the early '80s work that started the electronic music revolution in Detroit. Techno house pioneer Kevin Saunderson and son Dantiez would collaborate on stage at the Stargate later that night.
Carl Craig and John Dixon will close Saturday's show titled "Detroit Love," which will also bring spectators from Moodymann's hometown, Octave One, holographic DJs and more to the Stargate stage.
Eddie Fowlkes and Robert Hood will take the main stage on Sunday, while other Detroit festivals this weekend include Aux 88, Seth Troxler, Kash Doll, Stacey (Hotwaxx) Hale, Suburban Knight and Sheefy McFly.
Technology license award
The Respect the Artists exhibit, celebrating key figures in Detroit's techno renaissance, will return to the basement of Hart Plaza for a second year, this time with an expanded show featuring the likes of Delano Smith, Mike Huckabee, Mike Bank and Kelly Mano and more. Moreover.
Longtime 2023 Movement artists Amy Fisher Price and Kelly Golden will direct a multimedia installation near the Pyramid stage called Detroit Techno City, while equipment company Sweetwater will open a music technology studio near the Detroit stage.
"God Said Give Him Drum Machines" on the big screen
After premiering in Detroit last August at a screening hosted by Big Sean and the Freep Film Festival, this live techno documentary will screen for a second time Friday at 7:00 PM at the Michigan Science Center. The screening will continue with a meeting with the directors.
Tickets for Friday's Tribeca Documentary are $20 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.
Directed by Christian Hill, God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines chronicles the bravery and drama of Detroit's burgeoning 1980s techno scene, featuring rare recordings and performances from many of the genre's pioneers.
The film crew will also host a documentary film workshop at the Detroit History Museum on Saturday at 1:00 pm.
Movement Festival Program 2023
Movement Phase (Saturday)
4pm - 6pm: Stacy Hale
18:00 - 19:30: Ida Engberg
7:30-9:00 pm: Stacy Pullen
21:00 - 22:20: Maceo Plex
10.30pm: Basement Jaxx (DJ set)
JARS Waterfront Internship (Saturday)
15:00-16:45: House party (J House and Masquenada)
16:45-17:45: Shigeto with Dez Andres (live)
17:50-18:30: MJ Nebreda
18:30-19:45: DJ Godfather
20:45-22:00: Zeds Dead (state transition)
10:15pm-10:45pm: Money dolls
From 11pm to midnight: Three 6 Mafia
Stargate stage (Saturday)
Detroit Love Fair
14:00 - 15:30: no
15:30 - 17:30: Kyle Hall b2b Byron Aquarius
5.30pm - 7.30pm: Sad person
7.30pm - 9pm: Holographic DJ
21:00 - 22:00: Ottava Uno (live)
10pm-12am: presentation by Carl Craig. John Dickson (Live)
Underground stage (Saturday)
19:00 - 20:30: Onivaa
20:30 - 22:00: walk in the market.
Pyramid Stage (Saturday)
The house shows your life
14:00-15:00: All Esther
3pm - 4.30pm: Sean J. Wright
16:30 - 18:00: Magda B2B Mike Servito
19:30-21:00: Derrick Carter b2b Mark Farina
21:00 - 22:30: DJ Minx
10.30pm: Master at work
Detroit stage (Saturday)
16:00-17:00: Milan Atkins
18:00-19:00: Confluence of degrees
19:00 - 20:00: 2 lanes
9pm - 10pm: Schiffy McFly
10pm - 11pm: AUX 88 (live)
VIP area popup (Saturday)
6-9pm: Soul Clap presents House of EFUNK
Movement Phase (Sunday)
16:00 - 17:00: Mnemonic Huey
5pm - 6.30pm: Eddie Fowlkes
6:30-8:00 pm: Ben's watch
9.30pm - 10.30pm: Robert Hood (live)
10:30 am: Charlotte de Witte
JARS Waterfront Internship (Sunday)
3pm - 4pm: Kevin Reynolds (live)
16:00 - 17:30: Joshua Park
7-8pm: London Paranoid (live)
20:00-21:30: special requests
9.45pm-10.45pm: Ela less
Stargate Stage (Sunday)
KMS Records presents Defected Showcase
2-3.30 pm: excellent
5pm - 6.30pm: Ash Lauryn
6:30-8:00 pm: Sam Devine
8pm-9.30pm: Adam Harbour
21:30-22:30: KiNK (Live)
10:30pm - Midnight: Kevin Saunderson b2b Danties
Underground stage (Sunday)
3pm–4:30pm: Jay York's B2B decoder.
4:30–6:00 pm: Lindsey Herbert
18:00 - 19:30: AMX
7:30-9:00 pm: Ben Sims
21:00 - 22:30: DJ Nobu
10:30–12:00: Chris Liebing
Pyramid stage (Sunday)
2pm: Ryan Crosson b2b Sean Reeves
4.00pm - 5.30pm: Matthew Johnson (Live)
5.30pm - 7pm: postcode
7pm–8.30pm: Seth Troxler
8.30pm–10.30pm: Ricardo Villalobos
10.30pm: Green velvet
Detroit stage (Sunday)
3pm-4pm: Drew Ruiz
16:00 - 17:00: Craig González
5pm - 6pm: Rebecca Goldberg (set of Acid Queen 313)
6-7pm: Asher Perkins
19:00-20:00: Santonio Echols
8pm–9pm: Buzz Gorey
21:00-22:00: Scan7 (live)
10pm-11pm: Suburban riders
Pop-up in the VIP area (Sunday)
18:00–21:00 Detroit Techno Militia: T.Linder, DJ Seoul, DJ Cent, Joe Hix
Movement Phase (Monday)
16:00 - 17:00: trolleys
17:00 - 18:30: Audio (live)
18:30 - 20:00: Bonobo (DJ set)
20:00 - 21:15: Skrillex
21:30-23:00: Another world
Waterfront Scene (Monday)
14:00 - 15:30: Brain Kage
15:30-17:00: Luca Hess
5pm - 6.30pm: Lauren Flax
6.30pm - 8pm: DJ Seinfeld
20:00 - 22:00: Fjaak
10pm-11pm: DOUBLE hardware (Surgeon & Speedy J) live
Stargate Stadium (Monday)
17:00-18:30 Georgia Angiuli (Live)
18:30-20:00: Lee Foss
20:00 - 21:30: Dollhouse b2b John Summit
21:30-23:00: Cascade Redux
Underground Scene (Monday)
3pm–5pm: Henry Brooks
17:00–18:30: LSD coke
18:30-20:00: Sarah Landry
20:00 - 21:30: SPFDJ
21:30-23:00: Sound technicians
Pyramid Stage (Monday)
14:00-15:30: Father Adipati
20:00-21:30: Stefan Bodzin (Live)
Detroit stage (Monday)
3pm - 4pm: Ben Scott
4pm-5pm: Javontte and Isaac Prieto - hybrid set
18:00 - 19:00: Audia
21:00 – 22:00: Killer language
VIP area popup (Monday)
18:00-21:00: Birthday of Mia and her friends.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Movement Fest 2023: What you need to know when the techno worlds meet in Detroit.