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.


Todd Terje

Jimmy Edgar

Photek with Armanni Reign


Seth Troxler and Guy Gerber

Roni Size


Maceo Plex


Hot Natured

Gold Panda

Public Enemy


Keys N Krates


Nic Fanciulli and Joris Voorn

Dillon Francis

Major Lazer

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7 comments to “2012 Movement Electronic Music Festival in Pictures”

  1. B says:

    Fantastic coverage! DEMF is one of my favorite festivals and this year did not disappoint. Best time for me was araabmusik! you?


    chris Reply:

    i was blown away by him. was really cool watching him in action from the sidestage! my faves were him, SBTRKT, gold panda and lindstrom.


  2. DEMF was nothing short of amazing this year. Great photos all around! Very appreciative that you got a photo of my chalk artwork as well. Thank you!


  3. Adam C says:

    Great coverage of the festival.

    Although on the downside it does highlight what an immense event I’ve missed, down side of living over in the UK though .. hopefully I’ll make it one year.


  4. Anna says:

    I feel sorry for all you beautiful people. There were chemtrails on two pictures and the sky was white, blue a rarity. What is happening to America?


    chris Reply:

    I think the white sky was due to my camera settings, or cloud cover. And not sure that pollution is just an America thing, if that’s what you were getting at! 🙂


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