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Movement 2016: Celebrating 10 Years of Honoring Music Uniquely Detroit

Posted: 05/27/16

If you’re from Detroit, you know Memorial Day weekend is for more than going up north or just another long weekend. It is the weekend when the world comes to our doorstep to pay homage to the land that birthed
the D.J, bass, beats and the soulful grooves of House and Techno music. This weekend put on your dancing shoes, get your glowsticks, furry boots, white linen and fedora hats ready as Movement takes over Hart Plaza Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30.

Celebrating 10 years running the festival, producers Paxahau under the leadership of President and festival director Jason Huvaere, have put together one of the best lineups yet.   This year festival patrons
will gather from around the world to see an eclectic group of talent with one thing in common, a tie to Techno music. This year’s lineup features the Kraftwerk, Snoop Dogg DJ, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Seth Troxler, Tale of Us, Chris Liebing, Dubfire and more.

Detroit’s long-standing legacy as the birthplace of techno will be honored by performances from Carl Craig,  Kevin Saunderson, and Stacey Pullen, as well as a rare collaborative effort from Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald as Borderland.

The journey Paxahau embarked on ten years ago, has been a long one. Taking the festival over as it was on the brink of extinction underits former moniker, The Detroit Electronic Festival, was a risk that Detroit and music lovers around the world are grateful Paxhau took. In an interview with the Oakland Press, Huvaere stated, “There was a lot of damaged goods.  From a business perspective, it was a total disaster — no history of on-time bill payments, no history of satisfied sponsors. Everyone was disappointed — the artists, the city,
the contractors, the vendors, the sponsors. “That’s what we walked into. The entire event was very unstable. It was a very difficult situation to un-wrangle.”

Ten years later, Detroit has benefited from the festival bringing in over five million people to the Metro Detroit area since its inception according to reports. In the 2015 Forbes article, “How Detroit Is Monetizing Techno” reporter Natalie Robehmed wrote, “Indeed, several hotels were sold out for the weekend, while Airbnb rates in the city skyrocketed to meet the influx of newcomers. Uber surge pricing leapt to over seven times regular fare–even at 5 a.m., when the festival’s many after-parties were still in full swing.” This year promises to be the same with nearly all of the downtown hotels sold out for the entire weekend and area bars such as Grand Trunk Pub, Cornerstone Barrelhouse, Bleu Detroit , The Keep and  more prepare for one of their busiest weekends of the year.

To purchase your tickets to the hottest festival of the year, the full schedule of performances and more please visit www.movement.us.

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