Imagine a journey through the realms of electronic music, where the sun-soaked days gradually give way to enchanting nights. Such was the experience we had at Movement Detroit Festival, an event that seamlessly blended the strange apocalyptic beauty of Detroit with the pulsating beats of human warmth and creativity.
Photo by Katie Laskowska
One of the constants of this unique festival is the incredible spirit of the crowd. People came together at the birthplace of techno with a shared love for electronic music, creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. It felt like a big community where everyone connected and barriers disappeared. Strangers quickly became friends, and a strong sense of unity filled the air. It was a powerful reminder of how music can bring people together and create a harmonious environment.
Paxahau, the organizers of Movement Festival, once again delivered an event with great attention to detail. As we arrived we left our sweaters at the locker facility. They were a great addition on our walk back to the hotel. The festival stages were basically the same as in past editions (although we like better the past layout at the Pyramid stage), with six stages that offered solid musical experiences. In terms of food and drinks, we had no issues until Monday, which saw the most amount of attendees, and lines for drinks took a bit longer.
And now, the music! It was a symphony that resonated deep within my soul. The lineup showcased a wide range of genres and artists, catering to all tastes within the realms of techno and house. It’s tough to select the best since many artists were on top of their game, but we were truly captivated by DJ Minx, TSHA, and Derrick Carter b2b Mark Farina (Saturday). Ben Klock, Eddie Fowlkes, Robert Hood, and KiNK (Sunday). And FJAAK, Kink, Bonobo, DJ Seinfield, and an unforgettable closing performance by Underworld (Monday).
The set by Underworld was outstanding. They played some of their new material like Juanita 2022, Two Months Off, And The Colour Red plus some epic soundtracks like Kittens, Cups, and the anthem everyone was expecting, Born Slippy (Nuxx). Underworld is a beacon in the electronic music realm. Their pioneering sound birthed a sonic revolution with an enchanting dance of energy and connection that was present during the whole set. It was truly a spectacle that created memories for a lifetime.
While the festival mostly celebrates underground sounds, the inclusion of mainstream acts like Skrillex and Charlotte De Witte brought a younger crowd to the festival. Some attendees were complaining about the uneducated crowd in terms of festival etiquette, but we’re all down for some measured diversity. It was also great to see fewer cell phones and more mindfulness, something much needed these days.
Although the festival’s organization within the grounds was commendable, there were some concerns about the exit process. Reports of stress and potential danger during this phase need to be addressed to ensure a smoother and safer departure for festival-goers in the future. Our local friends mentioned that the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix barricades were a big issue.
Back in Miami now, inspired and willing to bring that inspiration to EG, we wholeheartedly recommend Movement Detroit Festival to all electronic music enthusiasts. It is a celebration of music’s power to unite, uplift, and ignite a sense of belonging. Thank you, Detroit!