In addition to the many Detroit artists performing on the main stage and throughout this year's festival, there is also a dedicated Detroit stage dedicated to local (and often legendary) talent - a variety of young and experienced artists from vinyl players to. House. Transition to footwork in EDM / bass. Stages can be strategically placed near festival entrances/exits, where performances can attract passers-by and fans alike. It's where you see vinyl connoisseur Whodat (Terri McQueen) crank out an upbeat, bubbly house record, Rebecca Goldberg play an upbeat set as 313 Acid Queen, and Delano Smith's protégé Sillygirlcarmen dazzle audiences with funky houses and sparkling energy.
The diversity of female and non-binary talent represented at the festival, both locally and internationally, is heartening. Other Detroit acts include: Lauren Flax playing acid on the Waterfront Stage, Lauren serving as housewarmer on the main stage, Ladymonixx rocking the Pyramid Theater (always an Armand Van Helden classic) and Beige hosting Stargate Freehand for Two. . The one-hour group starts from the electric room. “There is an important effort to book more musically and demographically diverse local acts for the festival,” said Page, who is playing the move for the second straight year this year. "It's great to see local favorites and newcomers from around the world bloom, and I think that's what got Underground here for the festival and not just the after party."
(After parties are some of the best in the world, by the way. I only got to visit a few of them, including the boisterous club D-Life fun at Motor City Wine, duh! at Marble. Bar.
However, Page's note is spot on: the increasingly exciting action program seems to be attracting a wide audience, including those who might find the festival too "commercial" compared to the other niche parties out there. (Personally, I think it's kind of refreshing not to be surrounded by the same "cool" people at an event: the movement includes EDC lifters, break dancers, duggie daddies, goths, techno bros, and local seniors all together in fun and the simplicity of a water bowl...).
But whether commercial or underground, big or small, every artist I've spoken to thinks Movement is the most thrilling show of the week. I love having a platform this big in the middle of the weekend and bringing my music to new ears.