Movement Electronic Music Festival, currently in its twentieth year, will turn the birthplace of techno into an EDM dreamland for three days in May. In 1981, DJ and producer Juan Atkins birthed the techno genre in Detroit and over Memorial Day Weekend, Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit will come alive with 120 artists performing across six different stages. Basement Jaxx, Skrillex, Underworld and Charlotte de Witte headline the Movement Stage, while the Detroit and Stargate Stage feature local legends and newcomers like Carl Craig, DJ Minx and Moodymann. Stop by the Waterfront Stage for an eclectic mix of ghettotech, funk, house, trance and grime beats and, for experienced ravers, reminisce and get a taste of the original warehouse rave scene at the Underground Stage, located under the main level of Hart Plaza.
If you do this festival right, the music takes control and you’ll dance until you’re drenched in sweat. There are free water refill stations located around the park and plenty of food and beverage options to keep your body fueled. From chicken on a stick and gourmet bowls to the Tito’s River Garden, your tastebuds will thank you later.
- 110,000 people attend.
- Tickets come in a few variations. One-day GA tickets range from $119-$139. Three-day GA tickets $279. One-day VIP tickets range from $159-$179. Three-day VIP tickets are $389.
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- Lockers are available to store personal items.
- The festival is wheelchair accessible.
- As long as you have your wristband on, you will be able to exit and re-enter the festival.
- Discounted hotel rooms are available through Delmay and Partners for those attending the festival.