Race weekend is quickly descending on Indianapolis, and as the racing world turns it's eye to 16th Street and Georgetown Road, electronic music fans have their focus on Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Universally accepted as the Birthplace of Techno, the city has embraced it's history with electronic music and for the past 10 years has chosen Memorial day weekend to celebrate that heritage with Movement 2010, Detroit's Electronic Music Festival (DEMF). For more information on the legacy of DEMF, Resident Advisor has compiled a great read on the event's history here. Last year's festival was a revelation, with a plethora of musical styles and genres represented by the likes of Bassnectar, Carl Cox, Z-Trip, Glitch Mob, Afrika Bambaataa, Luciano & Loco Dice, and a host of others. Casual fans aged 8 to 80 were in attendance (including the legendary Techno Granny), and more than a few bands and DJs cemented their place in DEMF history with their performances.
Once again, Paxahau promotions and festival artistic director Carl Craig (himself one of the founding fathers of Detroit's techno movement) have assembled a 3-day lineup of artists representing the past, present, and future of electronic music. A 5th stage has been added this year (sponsored by Movement: Torino, the festival's second year in Torino, Italy), bringing the total number of performing acts to 98. The complete lineup for Detroit can be found on the Ernst Benz Facebook page and on the festival's own iPhone app.
This year's event features performances by techno legends Model 500, Inner City, and one of the scant few North American appearances by Richie Hawtin. Performing under his PLASTIKMAN moniker, Richie debuted the current tour at Mannheim, Germany’s Timewarp 2010 festival this year to rave reviews. Always on the forefront of music technology, Richie was not content to just present his music and worked with Derivative Production Services, software company Cycling '74, and programmers RJ Fischer and Bryan McDade to create the Plastikman SYNK application for the iPhone platform, allowing app users to interact and control portions of the Plastikman live show as it happens. Indy peeps who caught Richie's Coachella performance have raved about the live set.
The festival is only half of the story. After-parties abound at the downtown clubs and bars, and many of the performers at the festival are performing completely different sets at the after-parties, taking advantage of the more intimate venues to give patrons a more personal experience. Many of these venues remain open well past 5 a.m., so prepare for a critical lack of sleep if you plan on attending.
Ford Focus presents Movement 2010 over Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31) in Detroit’s Hart Plaza. Tickets for the 3-day festival are $60, making it the best bang-for-the-buck festival of its type in the US. VIP tickets with preferred seating and other amenities are available for $150 for the 3 days of the festival. For more information, check out the official Movement 2020 web site.