This past weekend was Memorial Day Weekend which, for many of us Detroiters, means the best Detroit weekend of the year, better known as the Movement Electronic Music Festival, formerly known as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (aka DEMF). On this weekend, around 100 of the most well established and up and coming electronic artists take 5 stages all over the geometrically complex Hart Plaza for 3 days of dancing, people watching, and all around awesomeness.
Like many years past, I spent much of the weekend at the Red Bull Music Academy stage (because this stage generally has the most diverse lineup with the most up and comers and, admittedly, this is what draws me in more than the house and techno). Some of my major highlights were my boy SBTRKT, Lindstrom (who had one of the only disco-influenced sets I heard all weekend – perfect for a hot summer afternoon), Gold Panda and AraabMUZIK because, for real, have you seen that dude perform live? Shit’s crazy. The RBMA stage had its fair share of heavy dubstep which the kids love these days, and even though I wasn’t totally into that, it was extremely entertaining just watching that crowd go nuts over the Tetris theme song followed by vomitous bass.
Just as I have the last 2 years, I’ve compiled a gallery of some of my favorite shots from the weekend. This is by far the most diverse crowd of any of the music fests I’ve been to, and you could spend your whole weekend at the fest just enjoying the scenery without even stepping foot near a stage (but why would you want to?). Anyway, enjoy a bunch of pictures below from throughout the weekend. There’s about twice this many pics in total, and you can view these and all the rest over at our Flickr page as well. Here’s to Paxahau for another successful Movement, one that saw the fests first 100,000+ crowd in its 13 year history. And enjoy some tunes from some artists who performed at the fest while you’re perusing some of our favorite shots we took this weekend (which you may have already seen featured on Stereogum!). Click the jump for all the pics.
Photek with Armanni Reign
Seth Troxler and Guy Gerber
Keys N Krates
Nic Fanciulli and Joris Voorn