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Why We’re Stoked On Heading To MEMF

Why We’re Stoked On Heading To MEMF

The Motor City is not your normal festival vacation destination. Or is it? It all began in 2000 when Detroit hosted the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) over Memorial Day Weekend. It has now morphed and grown into what is called the Movement Electronic Music Festival. The festival grounds are located in Hart Plaza, directly on the riverfront of Downtown Detroit. It has evolved into one of the most highly rated electro music festivals in the world. In recent years, Rolling Stone rated it the No. 1 “Niche Music Festival” (2011), as well as the gathering earning top rank on New York Post’s list of “10 Outstanding Music Fests” (2010). Even comparisons to the glorious, early years of Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference have been drawn. With the ticket price for all three days being less than $100, and the lineup stacked with EDM’s most progressive and influential artists; Movement is an attractive option for any avid audiophile.

The Motor City is not your normal festival vacation destination. Or is it? It all began in 2000 when Detroit hosted the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) over Memorial Day Weekend. It has now morphed and grown into what is called the Movement Electronic Music Festival. The festival grounds are located in Hart Plaza, directly on the riverfront of Downtown Detroit. It has evolved into one of the most highly rated electro music festivals in the world. In recent years, Rolling Stone rated it the No. 1 “Niche Music Festival” (2011), as well as the gathering earning top rank on New York Post’s list of “10 Outstanding Music Fests” (2010). Even comparisons to the glorious, early years of Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference have been drawn. With the ticket price for all three days being less than $100, and the lineup stacked with EDM’s most progressive and influential artists; Movement is an attractive option for any avid audiophile.

Detroit Rock City could also be referred to as Detroit Techno City. The industrial auto industry capital of the United States is also celebrated as the birthplace of techno music. This festival is a homecoming of sorts, and a tribute to the genre.  Similar to the vibes of Jazz Fest in New Orleans, the founders and roots of the genre will be performing, as well as the most innovative and progressive acts to-date.  There are plenty official MEMF after parties located at pop-up style venues all around Downtown Detroit. Just as Jazz Fest attendees flood the French Quarter, or Ultra festers flock to South Beach, Movement after parties go well into the early a.m. at warehouses, nightclubs, the Art Institute, the Fillmore, and even on riverboats!

The Red Bull Music Academy has taken ownership of the main stage this year at MEMF, and is sure to bring some technologically advanced production quality to Hart Plaza. Local native of Detroit, and minimal techno underground legend, Richie Hawtin headlines this stage on the opening night. On Sunday, Red Bull will welcome Squarepusher to the stage, with his futuristic and interactive live production elements, which involve an LED helmet and 3D mapping effects. Think a grimy, bass music version of Daft Punk. The highlights for the final day on RBMA’s stage are Nicolas Jaar Live and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – and the artists will be playing back-to-back, to boot.

Though the RBMA stage reigns supreme, many a robot-eared EDM enthusiast will be planted at the Beatport Stage. It’s no surprise that Beatport, one of the popular, online digital music resources for EDM, will host the who’s who of DJs and producers all weekend long including anticipated acts like Miguel Campbell, Moby, Bill Patrick, Soul Clap, Tensnake, Art Department, Dennis Ferrer, Cajmere, Maetrik and John Digweed.

A new addition for MEMF 2013 is the Electric Forest Stage, which brings the popular Rothbury-based music fest concept from the woods to the city. Its line up features some more livetronic-like and jamband-heavy acts, which should be a refreshing look for Movement this year. We’re most looking forward to catching Break Science, GRiZ and Big Gigantic. Also, some of the most unique turntablists can be found spinning their tunes by the trees of the Electric Forest arena. We’ll be holdin’ down the fort for Andy C, Brodinski, J-Phlip, Paper Diamond and Gramatik.

Should you find yourself needing some shade during the fest, head on over to the Underground Stage. This bunker-type setup is dark and cool, much like the artists and tunes featured there. The space for this stage is quite fitting, because it is literally subterranean, providing a dark, club-type atmosphere, even on the brightest of days. The Made in Detroit Stage will feature some established artists who are hometown heroes, as well as some new up-and-coming talent. This is sure to be the place to network with locals and get a taste of the true, current sound of Detroit Techno City. 

Memorial Day Weekend in Detroit is shaping up to become a playground for the most savvy techno junkie, as well as an off-the-beaten-path destination for the seasoned festivalgoer. If you are in search of something different, this is a more than fair option for a world-class festival environment in a big city atmosphere. Come rage with Melodysiac if you make to out to be part of the Movement this time around.

Photos courtesy of Paxahau

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victor

May 21st, 2013

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