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2019 Movement Festival Electrifies Detroit

Published May 29, 2019 by

This year’s festival featured diverse headliners, a mural by Kevin Lyons, relaxing views and vibrant outfits.

By Ri’An Jackson

The Movement festival returned this year to move techno fans at Detroit’s Hart Plaza.

The Saturday through Monday festival featured performances from Disclosure, Griz, Gucci Mane and many other acclaimed local and international artists.

Dabrye and Cadence performance at Movement festivalRi'An Jackson/SEEN

Rap and electronic combo Dabrye and Cadence perform at Movement festival

This year’s lineup also featured the most female artists the festival has ever seen. DJs like Nicole Moudaber, who performed alongside Disclosure and Paco Osuna, and local underground DJ Loren had prominent stage time.

The thousands of Movement-goers brought a mix of love and color to the DJ’s sets. Some waved colorful flags and others raised bright sunflowers as they danced. They also brought life to the festival with their attire; their ensembles featured vibrant colors, loud prints and fishnets.

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Taylor Cain, Bri Walker and Sarah Heuninck pose for a photo at Movement.

Aside from the DJ sets, Movement offered other exciting activities. The Movement Studio was open for festivalgoers to learn about the production of techno music.

The artwork of internationally known artist Kevin Lyons was also on display. Located near the “Pyramid” stage in front of the Detroit River, Lyon’s mural ignited the atmosphere. The warm, bright-hued painting of playful monsters over a striped background was inspired by his reverence for Detroit’s music culture.

Kevin Lyon's mural at Movement festivalRi'An Jackson/SEEN

Artwork by Kevin Lyons at Movement.

Attendees also found spots around to festival to relax between sets. Many people lounged in hammocks hung near the river, while others got comfortable in swanky VIP tents and other constructed sitting areas throughout the festival.

In one tent, attendees could listen to Pure Michigan’s new album “Pure Sounds of Michigan” that uses sounds from 10 Michigan state parks to take the listener on a journey of a day from sunrise to sunset in Michigan.

This year’s electric celebration at Movement, while at times a bit wet, brought a familiar energy to Detroit.

“I got to dance in the rain with my friends,” said Lexie Alsup of Macomb. “Griz’s set was my favorite. I had an amazing time.”

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