Last weekend, our executive editor Luke Crisell went to the Movement electronic music festival in Detroit, Michigan. This is his story.
This weekend we paid a visit to Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit for a weekend that involved a lot of dancing, very little sleeping (hotel hot tubs are so much better at 6 a.m. though). The best lineup of electronic DJs and producers in the world kept Hart Plaza—in the shadow of the GM buildings—shaking for 12 hours a day and, once the festival closed, it was off to after parties around the city until well into the next day. (Oddly, cab drivers often just ask you what you want to pay for a fare—Red Bull is not an accepted currency.)
The highlights: Derrick Carter throwing down some classic beats on the main stage, just as the sun came out; Seth Troxler and Guy Gerber out bass-lining each other while going back to back on the Beatport stage; Todd Terje ending his sparkly set with his summer anthem “Inspector Norse”; Photek showing everyone exactly what the future of dubstep sounds like on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage, just across the water from Canada; and all three times we saw Maya Jane Coles and her fiery orange pixie cut, including once at an after party that started at 7 a.m. in an old veterans club.
Of course, ravers aren’t known for their fashion sense, but amongst all the furry boots, neon fishnets, zebra-print bikinis, and, er, nurses uniforms we did spot a few style-conscious girls. Here are a few highlights of the festival and its crowd.