Every year, Movement Music Festival seems to be the festival that EDM fans rave about in the Electronic music community. The festival takes place in Detroit, the birthplace of techno. This year’s edition of the festival definitely proved why this is the case. The 2019 lineup was jam-packed with massive names in the techno and house scene. Some of these names include Charlotte De Witte, Amelie Lens, and Detroit Legend Kevin Saunderson just to name a few.
Day One Highlights
The opening day of the festival had a bit of a late start due to some inclement weather which had pushed the music back. Nonetheless, the weather did not stop the much anticipated festival as it was delayed for only about 30 minutes give or take a few minutes.
Despite the delays in start time for the festival, day one definitely delivered an action-packed performances. With the star-studded lineup spread out between four different stages it was hard to catch everyone. But regardless attendees are guaranteed an amazing experience at every stage. Some of the standout performances of the opening day included Amelie lens, Disclosure, Octave one, Orbital and Loco Dice.
The Belgian techno star took on the main stage Saturday and certainly did not disappoint. Amelie played a two-hour set packed full of techno bombs that captivated the crowd. The performance was one of the highlights of the entire weekend, and also her cat visuals added to the amazing set she put on.
Disclosure (DJ Set)
The English electronic duo played the closing time slot at the Red Bull sponsored stage. The popular duo played a much-anticipated DJ set and got the crowd grooving to a two-hour house set that got the crowd dancing the night away.
The unconventional electronic duo from England closed out the main stage. Their set was filled with a variety of break-beat, trance, and techno. The performance was a nice change of pace from day filled with heart-pumping techno.
Day two highlights
Day two, the weather was still not ideal but thankfully the festival went on with no delays this time. As the day kicked off at 2:00 P.M., attendees were eager to jump back into the action as the festival ground were packed by 4 pm. The day’s schedule was jam-packed with massive names in the industry including ANNA, Patrick Topping as well as a legendary performance from Kevin Saunderson B2B The Saunderson Brothers.
ANNA kicked off the day with a bang at an early 4:00 P.M. set at the Pyramids stage that overlooked Canada across the river. Her captivating techno set took us to the darker side. ANNA’s techno filled set got the crowd going and set the mood for the rest of the day.
Over at the Stargate Stage Patrick Topping brought the bangers and an unforgettable Neon Jumpsuit. As with any top performance, half of his tracklist consisted of unreleased gems ranging from tech-house to disco. As an added bonus he was joined by fellow electronic star Fisher, for some brief B2B action at the end of his set.
Charlotte De Witte
If we were highlighting the best performance of the weekend Charlotte De Witte may have taken the cake. Charlotte spun a mixture of techno, acid, and trance for a jaw-dropping set at the main-stage.
Kevin Saunderson B2B The Saunderson Brothers
Movement Music Festival would not be complete without a performance from one the Detroit pioneers of techno, Kevin Saunderson. Kevin had gone B2B With his two sons (The Saunderson Brothers). The Trio closed out the Stargate stage with a mixture of old-school and new-school techno tracks which triggered major nostalgia for crowd.
Day Three Highlights
Its the last day of the festival and its Memorial day, a perfect recipe for a stacked lineup of techno and EDM acts. For those frequent festival-goers, they know the last day feeling, that is, the feeling that comes on the last day of the festival–aches and pains. Your body is aching from dancing the entire weekend, but it is the last day and therefore one must fight through the pain to savor the fine sounds from among the fan favorite DJ’s are playing.
Day three was arguably the most stacked schedule of the weekend with names such as Golf Clap, MK, Chris Lake, Hot Since 82 and Griz.
The German self-dubbed “Techno Boy Band” took on the parking garage known as the Underground stage. The popular techno duo brought the after party before the after party. Their set consisted of some hard-hitting fast pace techno that was perfect for the warehouse feel of the underground stage.
Get Real ( a.k.a. Claude Von Stroke & Green Velvet)
The Detroit native Claude VonStroke and Chicago legend Green Velvet teamed for an amazing performance under their alias Get Real. The Duo played a grooving tech-house set that had the main stage overflowing with house and techno heads.
The final act of Movement, the Griz Live Band closed the main stage. Hailing from Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, Griz is an electronic musician known for playing the saxophone along with producing funk, electro-soul, and self-described future-funk. For his closing set, he brought along the live band for an energetic set that kept the crowd dancing through the rain.
Unlike most music festivals, Movement Music Festival is and always will be solely about the music. At a lot of festivals, there are many attendees that are there for the novelty of it all. Looking at the crowds at the festival it is easy to tell that they were there to see the biggest names in EDM perform their musicals talent. There is no place better to hold this amazing festival than the birthplace of Techno–Detroit.