Cover photo taken from Movement’s Facebook page
The 2019 lineup for Detroit’s Movement Festival is finally upon us! Daily lineups for the three days of Memorial Day Weekend were unveiled last week in waves, each crashing onto the 2019 festival scene with a bigger surprise than before for this niche, underground fest.
At Movement, we expect techno. We can always expect hip-hop (see last year’s 25-year anniversary Wu-Tang Clan reunion show). We can expect the future-tech-house, sprinkled with a little dubstep and a little something else on the spectrum of everything electronica has to offer. This year, Movement is having a little fun and getting a little extra funky.
Electro-funk producer GRiZ and will drop in to play a hometown show at Movement this year on Memorial Day Monday. It’s anyone’s guess that a GRiZ show at Movement will be full of the unexpected – he’s been known to put down the sexy sax and drop a little dubstep and a little techno when he’s got the audience for it. On the other hand, his sixth studio album, Ride Waves, drops on April 5th and will make its Detroit debut in the heart of Hart Plaza. This set is sure to mix in a little of the old, hopefully a lot of the new, and maybe a techno side of GRiZ that we rarely get to see.
Get Real, Golf Clap and J. Phlip are three other can’t-miss acts closing out the fest on Monday.
Moving backwards, hip-hop greats are strewn across Sunday’s lineup including another Detroit native, Danny Brown. Daily lineups have only been released alphabetically, but you can bet that Gucci Mane will be headlining the night with hours of trap and tracks off his December 2018 studio album release, Evil Genius. If hip-hop isn’t your style this Memorial Day Weekend, check out Fisher for a house set that builds energy so effortlessly, its practically hypnotic.
In a Sunday family affair, Kevin Saunderson will throw down a dance set b2b with the Saunderson Brothers, a DJ duo who just so happen to be Kevin’s two sons. And for dessert, (assuming this set comes later) swing by Dubfire as the Iranian techno/house producer plays b2b with house legend and head of MOOD Records Nicole Moudaber and electronica veteran Paco Osuna. Each of these three artists have 20+ years of producing music under their belt: three techno legends will make for one legendary, can’t-miss set.
Last to be named but first to kick off the weekend on Saturday night is the Movement debut of Orbital, an English, EDM-pioneering duo that have been hopping around the globe since the late 80’s. Orbital has been a staple in most European electronic festivals for years, and they are finally stopping by Detroit this May with their classic style and the promise of fresh tracks from a rumored new album.
Carl Craig, a co-founder of the original Movement festival in the early 2000s, will be making his (almost) annual appearance, as well as other favorites we’ve come to see consistently like German techno producer Loco Dice, a past Ibiza resident, and Michigan techno DJ/producer Seth Troxler.