Movement Festival 2017
By Mike Pfeiffer
While it’s changed names and redefined itself over the years, 2017’s Movement Festival in Detroit proved again why it’s among the world’s greatest electronic music festivals. Located in the heart of Detroit at the aptly named Hart Plaza, Movement is spread out over 6 stages and each stage has its own feel and appeal. Over the 3-day event I was able to spend time at each stage while also meeting and taking pics of the incredible and diverse crowd.
The Made In Detroit Stage is a small stage area off to the left of the grounds that brings in a lot of local DJs that have been on the scene for years. On Sunday, DJ Psycho treated fans to his hyper-eclectic mix of dance music and Scan 7 donned masks and did a futuristic electro-funk set. The Underground Stage is a bombastic haze of twitch-drenched electronica. While it’s a great place to go escape the rain, which we did have this year, its mostly youthful bassheads that thrive here all weekend.
The Stargate Stage is a daily themed area with Detroit Love on Saturday, Origins Elevation on Sunday that featured a set from Heidi and Audion (Matthew Dear), and Paradise on Sunday with DJ Harvey and Kate Simko. The Pyramid Stage overlooks the Detroit River with a beautiful riverside view; the crowd here claims their space early because as the day progresses space gets very limited. Local greats Golf Clap kicked off this stage by passing out hand fans and playing a very heated set.
The next stage, Red Bull Academy is my favorite stage as it hosts the most diverse set of artists, Earl Sweatshirt closed out the first night. On Sunday night Shiba San played an amazing set hip hop inspired beats and on the closing day Gaslamp Killer lit a fuse with a mind-numbing set of frenzied beats.
The Movement Main Stage is more than just the stage that brings the biggest artists; it also packs surprises and legends. After Josh Wink and Nicole Moudaber played we saw the Belleville Three comprised of local royalty, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May and Juan Atkins. On day 2, Death In Vegas played an amazing set in the rain and DeadMau5 in his Testpilot guise closed the night. On the final night, Claude Von Stroke played under his Barclay Crenshaw moniker with a classic hip-hop set. Festival headliner, Carl Cox, brought the house and festival down with an extended set of hard techno and dance.