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The Complete Guide to Movement Detroit 2017: Schedule, AfterParties & More

April 18, 2017 - by Molly Sinclair
Photos courtesy of Movement Electronic Music Festival

DETROIT, MICHIGAN -- This Memorial Day Weekend, we join 100,000 dance music devotees that embark on the journey from around the world to Detroit for Movement Electronic Music Festival. As the online event page declares - it's time to make the pilgrimage to the birthplace of Techno.

Whether it's an annual summer kick-off tradition for you, or you're completely ignorant to the landmark festival, Movement should definitely be on the list of every techno/house music zealot. Though techno catapulted the launch of previous festivals held in the same location, initially a separate production named Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF), the scope of the event has expanded as the dance music landscape evolves. After more than a decade of music, Paxahau Event Production's Movement today includes more house-heavy DJs and overall performers across the board - with plenty of dance music most cutting-edge names, which we will get to in a moment.

Taking place May 27-29, 2017, the all-ages festival returns to the iconic Hart Plaza and overlooks the Detroit Riverfront, directly across from Windsor, Canada. It certainly feels special to party not just anywhere, but in a downtown metropolis that harbors so much musical history, cultural influence, and unrelenting spirit through the years.

In short, Detroit never stops.

2017 Music - Lineup, Stages, and Schedule

All phases of the lineup are now released, comprised of over 110 artists over six stages. Almost half the acts will perform Live and the rest will spin DJ sets.


A bill unlike any other festival, the lineup includes a mix of living legends, underground heroes, new school trailblazers, and hip hop artists. At Movement, the theme is authenticity.

Speaking of themes, the six stages have been renamed this year to better represent the industry leaders that host them.

The newly named stages are the Pyramid Stage (formerly Beatport Stage), Stargate Stage presented by THUMP (formerly Made In Detroit Stage presented by THUMP), Resident Advisor Underground Stage (formerly Underground Stage), and the Sixth Stage is now the Made In Detroit Stage. The two remaining stages will keep their same monikers, the Movement Main Stage and the Red Bull Music Academy stage.


Taking a look at the schedule, the highlights of each day are abundant, with too many to name.

Day 1 includes a new audio-visual show by Richie Hawtin called CLOSE - Spontaneity & Synchronicity. The Belleville Three makes their debut performance, a collaboration between Detroit Techno originals Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. Carl Craig plays a Detroit Love showcase, and rapper Earl Sweatshirt also delivers a closing set.

Day 2 brings an exciting set by deadmau5 under his Techno alias, Testpilot, while hip hop favorite Juicy J also takes a top spot. Dixon, founder of Innervisions plays a three hour set, Steve Rachmad performs as STERAC, and Kevin Saunderson offers an ORIGINS showcase.

Day 3 finishes the epic weekend with the legendary Carl Cox, and "festival favorite" Chris Liebing. Hip-hop headliners include Claude VonStroke as Barclay Crenshaw and Detroit native Danny Brown. Special shows include Carl Craig presents Versus Synthesizer Ensemble as well as the Paradise showcase hosted by Jamie Jones.

With plenty more unmentioned DJs that have stayed real to the game, we are thrilled to witness the talent in this tenacious town.


From what we have heard, each official Movement afterparty will sell out. With the festival ending at midnight, relatively early for techno lovers, capacity for the top venues is limited for the roughly 30,000 festival attendees each day.

View the list of all Official Movement 2017 AfterParties and Pre-Parties HERE.

Tickets & General Information

Movement is an all ages event, but VIP is reserved for ages 21+ only.


General Admission tickets include 3-Day GA and 1-Day GA.

VIP tickets include 3-Day VIP as well as 3-Day Club313, a new exclusive club inside the main VIP area.

Read about all the different tickets and buy yours HERE before they sell out!


Though many hotels are sold out, the Movement website has a list of discounted properties that partner with the event and are still available HERE.

Make sure to book by April 26th to get a discounted rate!


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