Movement Festival 2023: What To Know As The Techno Music World Converges On Detroit

Movement Festival 2023: What To Know As The Techno Music World Converges On Detroit

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

19:45-20:45: UNIIKU3

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)

3pm-4pm: Erika

16:00-17:30: BMG

17:30-19:00 Akua

19:00 - 20:30: Onivaa

20:30 - 22:00: walk in the market.

22.00-24.00: Surgeon

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

18:00-19:30: TSA

19:30-21:00: Derrick Carter b2b Mark Farina

21:00 - 22:30: DJ Minx

10.30pm: Master at work

Detroit stage (Saturday)

3pm-4pm: Polite

16:00-17:00: Milan Atkins


18:00-19:00: Confluence of degrees

19:00 - 20:00: 2 lanes

8pm-9pm: AK

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

20:15-21:15: Cybotron

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

17:30-19:00: Cassia

7-8pm: London Paranoid (live)

20:00-21:30: special requests

9.45pm-10.45pm: Ela less

11pm-12pm: Caribou

Stargate Stage (Sunday)

KMS Records presents Defected Showcase

2-3.30 pm: excellent

15:30-17:00: Melè

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)

15:00-17:00: cream

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

15:30-17:00: Ladymonix

5pm-6.30pm: Heidi

18:30-20:00: Help

20:00-21:30: Stefan Bodzin (Live)

21:30-23:00: FISHERMAN

Detroit stage (Monday)

3pm - 4pm: Ben Scott

4pm-5pm: Javontte and Isaac Prieto - hybrid set

17:00-18:00: appointment

18:00 - 19:00: Audia

19:00-20:00: noon

20:00-21:00: Sinistar

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.

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