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Hemmed against the confines of the Detroit River just a stones throw away from the border of Canada sits the Hart Plaza. Conceptualized as far back as the 1920s, the plaza became a reality through the hard work of artist and designer Isamu Noguchi. Hart Plaza is full of asymmetrical design work and hardscape surfaces that give the outdoor activity space it’s “Clockwork Orange-esque” futuristic appeal that remains nouvelle to this day.

The space has also become the perfect venue for a number of multifarious summer activities for those in Detroit. The space, much like Chicago’s Millennium Park, is set on the outskirts of downtown, acting as the crown of the urban landscape. For all these reasons and many more, Hart Plaza has been the home to the very first electronic music festival Movement Music Festival (formerly the Detroit Electronic Music Festival until 2003).

This year Movement Festival is back in a big way. With over 110 acts, 6 Stages, and a fuckload of afterparties (both official and underground) that go well past last call, the festival will make damn sure that the heart of downtown Detroit will beat at 128 BPMs all Memorial Day Weekend long.

The lineup is a roster of some of the biggest names in the EDM scene, along with a few up-and-comers. For these artists, Movement must feel much like making it to Mecca, as Detroit is the birthplace of "Techno" and has given rise to the most popular genre of music worldwide. Stages will be adorned by artists like Claude Vonstroke, Dom Dolla, Adam Beyer, Duck Sauce, Chris Lake, Anfisa Letyago, Griz, Gordon City… we could go on and on about all the artists we are excited to see at Movement.

The only problem with a lineup this packed with heavy-hitters is we have no idea how our feet and brains are going to be able to make it to all the after parties being held pre and post festival. Official after party events will take place at venues like The Masonic Temple and The Magic Stick all weekend long, while many non-affiliated underground parties - including one held by our dear friend, light artist Patrick Ethen (the man responsible for creating the magnificent art installation in our Visual Mission Statement video and the experiential event Prism) and the crew at Texture (IG: @texture_detroit) at the The Marble Bar - will keep spiral-eyed festival goers partying well into the sun comes up.

We asked Patrick Ethen what we should expect from the after party and he told us, "It'll be 12-hours of mind-altering sonic and spatial immersion. This one is for the heads- expect left-field, jacking acid, sinister electro, avant-garde selections and throttling bass-alt paired with hand-built, dystopian sci-fi light sculptures."

... we have absolutely no idea what he is talking about - which only makes us more excited for what's to come.

You can still pick up tickets for the festival and the official after parties by going to Movement's site. See you at the festival!

Written By :

Kalvin Lazarte