By Alexis Simpson
Movement is all about pacing yourself because it involves 3 days of festival and after parties featuring the best parties of the year. Our day one involved a full day of festival activity at Hart Plaza. Movement is a different kind of festival. In March, we traveled to Miami for the big and flashy Ultra Fest. Detroit’s EDM festival is more organic and features some big names mixed with more obscure and up-and-coming artists. The festival layout is manageable because fans don’t have to walk too far to get from state to stage.
For us, day two was all about the afterparaties. Technically our day two started right after day one finished because we headed over to Circoloco’s party, ‘Go Bang – a celebration of Arthur Russell.’ Arthur Russell was an avant-garde composer, musician and DJ, responsible for producing some of the most compelling electronic music of the late 70s and 80s, with collaborators and contemporaries including Robert Wilson, Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne, Bob Dylan, Larry Levan, and Francois Kevorkian, will be celebrated on Saturday 25th May, in the Motor city of Detroit. DJ sets were by: Carl Craig, Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss, Andrew Grant, System Of Survival, D’Julz, Rick Wilhite, Ryan Elliott, Nirosta Steel, Derek Plaslaiko, Boris Werner, Simon Baker, Kim Ann Fxmann, Mass Prod, Gavin Herlihy, Skream, Droog, Robert James Vs Richy Ahmed Vs Russ Yallopp. The event was held at TV Lounge in Detroit which was transformed with fancy lighting and a full crowd, with most of the action going on outside on the patio.
The highlight of the weekend was Paxahau/Movement’s Jak Attak with headliner Richie Hawtin at City Club. City Club was packed for most of the night, and the party was still going strong at 6am when we left. I saw Richie Hawtin’s set at Ultra Fest in Miami last March, and at Movement festival earlier the previous night. No festival appearance can imitate the true experience of seeing Hawtin in a dark club in the wee hours of the night. At the after party, Hawtin didn’t go on until about 3am. After his set we watched Richie deftly move through the crowded club and jump into a mini DJ booth to try to cut through the crowd. A Goth City Club worker was inside the booth keeping watch over the crowd and must not have realized who he was because she tried to kick him out. Like a true ninja, he expertly avoided her attempts at blocking him, and even flashed her the double bird as she failed to stop him the two times he cut through the booth. It was pretty funny, and refreshing to see that Hawkin full of spunk. Boo to the City Club girl for not knowing better!
SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL
SHIGETO & CREW DOWN BY THE WATER
DANCING POLKA DOTS
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY STAGE
430AM AT THE HAWTIN AFTER PARTY
LOVE THIS GUY
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL