Georgia Modi & Karlie Powell contributed to this feature
Movement Detroit is almost upon us. Less than a week out from the festival, it’s time to get those pre-party and afterparty plans on lock. As always, there’s an array of talent and expertly curated events to partake in all weekend long.
The Movement Detroit lineup dives deep into techno, with plenty of house, hip hop and other genres to explore as well. Highlights include Orbital, who will perform live in the city for the first time in nearly 20 years, Amelie Lens, Stephan Bodzin (live), Chris Lake, Danny Brown, Hot Since 82, Floorplan (live), DJ Nobu, Heiko Laux, and Disclosure.
Get Real, Fisher, Charlotte de Witte, J.Phlip, Golf Clap, Gucci Mane and more are scheduled to perform as well. Plus, a special closing set from Michigan native and “future funk” trailblazer GRiZ.
Just as important as the festival itself are the pre-parties and the afterparties. Over Memorial Weekend, Detroit comes alive as the city celebrates dance music around the clock. These events — whichever ones you may choose, official or unofficial — are vital to the overall experience.
Movement Detroit 2019 goes down May 25 – 27 inside Hart Plaza, Detroit’s legendary riverfront park. Check out the full lineup below and get tickets here. See our pre/afterparty selects below.
Top Movement Detroit 2018 Afters Picks
If you’re looking for a stacked lineup to start off the weekend properly, look no further. Walker & Royce lead Dirtybird‘s official pre-party along with Ardalan, VNSSA, and hometown support from Sonya Alvarez. The patio will be popping as well, with sets from Monica Ghita, Adam Westing, Henry Brooks, and Young & Heddy. The kind of energy the Detroit crowd brings is like no other. This is a guaranteed, booty shaking good time!
Psycho Disco and Trippy Ass Technologies present Psycho Trippin‘. The beats are sure to be on point, as hosted by The (iconic) Grasshopper Underground at Solar Flux Rooftop in Eastern Market. This makes for a stellar Movement pre-party featuring: Treasure Fingers, Christian Martin, Lenny Kiser, Codes, option4, E.R.N.E.S.T.O, MASTERIA, FOOD FIGHT, Players Club, PVRTY HVRD, DJ Mac Diesel and Eric Swi. The lineup is rather robust because the party goes all night long. Don’t forget your party pants.
Techno is the name of the game in Detroit this Memorial Day weekend and what better way to soak it in than diving head first into the deep end before the festival event starts. This event is exactly as the title says, 100% live. This means No Laptops, No DJs, Just All Live Hardware Sets. The lineup features a collection of top tier modular artists such as Paul Birken, Monix, Komprezzor, Amnesiac, Pulsewidthemod, Coarses, and Broken Shadows. This event definitely wont be for the faint of heart but most certainly worth checking out.
Movement is all about techno, but bassheads will rejoice for this absolutely savage lineup. If you want a change of pace over the weekend, check out MASSIVE — a new concept hosted by Mean Red and Ignyte Events at The Russell. Headliner Snails will be joined by special guests Space Laces, Buku, and Stuca, with support from Attak and Flats Stanlie. Nightenjin is set to host its own stage featuring Havek, Lachjaw b2b Nickyboom, Cookn and more.
Detroit Love is one of those flagship events that represents what Movement is all about. The lineup is one of the most stacked of the weekend, featuring: Carl Craig A2A, Seth Troxler, DJ Minx, DJ Dez Andres, Mirko Loko, Al Ester and special guests TBA (oh la la!). Held at the iconic Magic Stick, locals will gather here and out-of-towners will experience a premium afterparty in the city that made techno.
Sian and his label, Octopus Recordings, have both garnered a well-established history in Detroit by now, with 2019 being the fifth iteration of this label showcase. This year brings back talent to both floors with SIAN, Technasia, Jay Lumen, Juheun (Live), Shelley Johannson b2b Michelle Sparks, and Cinna running things in the main room and ZIPPO / Fides, Max Gardner, Space Jaguar, Werk Ethic (Nick Garcia b2b Ken Lazee), Luke Hansen, and ManmadE taking point in the basement. This party is sure to cover the spectrum of sound you’ll be looking for in a night one afters.
For the third straight year Texture makes its return to Marble Bar. This is one of those parties that just goes on and on, with little to no end time in sight, perfect for all of those marathon partiers out there. You’ll be able to keep your feet moving with sounds from Egyptian Lover (Live), Anthony Parasole, Rrose (Live), Dr. Rubinstein, Aurora Halal & Relaxer (Live), Batu_music & Simo Cell, PLO Man, Loren, and more. The real treat though is that Staub, a mysterious Berlin based party, will be kicking off proper at 7am with a TBA lineup.
If you fall in love with The Russell on Saturday night, why not go for round two? Country Club Disco is known for throwing some of the best Movement afterparties Detroit has to offer. This year, the annual warehouse throwdown features: AC Slater, Chris Lorenzo, Dillon Nathaniel, Westend, Grensta, Zendlo, MASTERIA, Devon James, J. Mione, and PVRTY HVRD. The lineup is simply unbeatable. We can only hope Detroit duo Golf Clap have time for an unannounced late night set!
The second night at Bleu Detroit plays host to Suara Night, marking the labels first time in Detroit for a Movement after party. The night will be a great showcase to the newer, harder side of Coyu, the main headliner of the night. Appearing along side him will be Ø [Phase], 999999999 (Live), and AADJA. The venue’s basement will be in full swing as well with a second, EBM set from Coyu, a DJ set from 999999999, and the talented residents from promoters, Obscure and 6AM.
Observe/Scene is now the new iteration of the long running, staple techno party know as Interface. Even with the name and venue change, they were still able to come out swinging with an absolutely stellar lineup of talent. Headlining the night is none other than Planetary Assault Systems aka Luke Slater who will be playing the fest as part of the trio known as LSD. Alongside him you have the likes of Henning Baer, Adam X, Truncate, Drumcell, DJ Hyperactive, Project 313, Rubidium, Alterity, and Dru Ruiz. Plus, visuals by the famed VJ, OKTAform.
Repopulate Mars, Movement, Paxahau and Magic Stick present the Repopulate Mars Movement After Party featuring Lee Foss, Latmun, Caleb Calloway & Secondcity — and a very, very special guest you won’t want to miss. Again, we urge you to check out Magic Stick at least once over Movement weekend, so you can experience a taste of Detroit’s music history. This is yet another staple event that coincides with the music festival, so expect nothing but the best coming through the system.
Anthology is yet another long-running staple of the weekend with 2019 being its seventh installment. This year features Tommy Four Seven‘s 47 imprint, along with Headless Horseman, Killawat, and MDD as guests in the main room. Room two, hosted by Deviation Agency, will play host to Joel Mull and Newa with guests: Merachka, Autonomous Systems and Joe Sousa. This party will definitely be a strong way to wrap up the weekend for many heavy techno heads.
There ain’t no party like a Detroit party… and we’re just scratching the surface on all the offerings this weekend. See all the official Movement afterparties here.
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