The electronic music festival Movement featured Wu-Tang Clan, local musicians and an installation by Detroit muralist Ouizi.
By Klaudia Patrycja Jakubiak
Welcome to Detroit; the city where techno was born. Since the ‘80s, Detroit has been the hub of techno and underground beats that have influenced music-goers worldwide.
The electronic music festival known as Movement attracts a global audience with artists ranging from London to Australia. Each year, Movement is held at Hart Plaza over Memorial Day weekend, with parties beginning well before the festival opens its doors.
With over 80 performers on five stages, Detroit made a lasting impression on nearly 25,000 concertgoers each day. This year’s lineup was impressive as artists such as Wu-Tang Clan and Diplo took the stage. Detroit’s very own Claude VonStroke closed out the first night with a bang. Local artist Ryan Dahl, who opened up the festival on the second day, was also a hit.
Each stage drew a large audience but notably eclectic was the “underground” stage, where you quickly lost sense of time. The Pyramid stage was located near the Riverwalk, which made for a unique experience with the stage in the foreground and the Detroit River in the background. As the sun set each night, the festivities continued throughout the city at venues such as Marble Bar, TV Lounge and Russell Industrial Center.
Aside from music, Detroit-based muralist Ouizi created a shrine-like installation for tech-goers of Movement. The synergy between music and art makes a natural connection, so it wasn’t a surprise that many people sat back to admire Ouizi’s art while enjoying the sounds from the Pyramid stage.
Despite the hot temperatures, there were many places to cool off at the festival. You could hang out in the River Garden or relax in the 313 Club with VIP admission (you could even get a free massage).
It’s safe to say that Movement is one event that will continue to bring community, culture and celebration to Detroit — see you in 2019!
Klaudia is a Detroit-based travel blogger who focuses on the best places to eat, stay and play in each city. Follow her journey as she uncovers the newest restaurants, hotels and experiences in Metro Detroit and beyond at @thetravelcritic.