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Movement Electronic Music Festival
Location(s)Detroit, Michigan, United States United States
Years active2000 - present
Date(s)Memorial Day weekend (late May)
GenreElectronic Music
Websitewww.movement.us
 
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Movement Electronic Music Festival
Location(s)Detroit, Michigan, United States United States
Years active2000 - present
Date(s)Memorial Day weekend (late May)
GenreElectronic Music
Websitewww.movement.us

The Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) and its successors comprise an annual series of electronic dance music showcases held in Detroit each Memorial Day weekend since 2000. Following the first three events under the name Detroit Electronic Music Festival (2000–2002) were Movement (2003–2004), Fuse-In (2005) and currently, Movement Electronic Music Festival (2006–present), with each name change reflecting shifts in festival management. All of these festivals continued the DEMF's traditions by featuring performances by musicians and DJs and emphasizing the progressive qualities of the culture surrounding electronic music.

History[edit source | edit]

The first electronic music festival held in Detroit was the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000. Taking place in Detroit's Hart Plaza, it was a landmark event that brought visitors from all over the world to celebrate Techno music in the city of its birth. The event has gone through several incarnations and names in its first few years, and in 2006 became Movement Electronic Music Festival, which has evolved into one of the world's largest electronic music festivals.


2000: Successful launch[edit source | edit]

The first DEMF occurred in May 2000 and concluded with few hitches and no reported crime. It was applauded by city leaders and tourism officials as an injection of youthful energy into the city.

Attendance at the first DEMF surpassed expectations, with estimates over the three-day run surpassing one million visitors. Subsequent festivals drew even bigger crowds. City officials and others including media observers and local businesses saw the apparent economic boost to the city, with the Visitors and Convention Bureau stating that in only its second year, the event had pumped over US$90 million into the local economy.

2001–2002: DEMF growth and controversy[edit source | edit]

In the festival's second year and beyond, many independently organized and impromptu techno music parties packed Detroit and Windsor-area clubs and makeshift venues early into each morning during the festival's run.[citation needed]

Controversy ensued when Carol Marvin fired Carl Craig for an alleged breach of contract. Craig lost two lawsuits against Marvin, with the courts deciding that Marvin was justified in terminating Craig.[citation needed] However, court records show that in September 2003, a jury found in favor of Craig, who was awarded over $14,000.[1][2]

2003–2004: Movement[edit source | edit]

In January 2003, city officials decided to place the event in the hands of popular techno artist Derrick May, who had extensive experience as a touring DJ but no firsthand, large-scale festival production experience. May put a first class team in place but the biggest hurdle faced by the Festival was the City Of Detroit's withdrawal of $350,000 funding that it had provided in previous years.

The second Movement festival took place in 2004, but despite its public success, the event faced significant financial losses and its fate became uncertain.

2005: Fuse-In[edit source | edit]

In February 2005, May announced his resignation as festival producer, and the festival once again changed hands. Fellow techno veteran Kevin Saunderson announced plans for a Movement replacement to be called Fuse-In Detroit (later shortened to just Fuse-In, with the tagline "Detroit's Electronic Movement") to be staged Memorial Day Weekend 2005.

Successful negotiations with city officials led to 2005 becoming the first year that an event in Hart Plaza did not have free admission. A total of 41,220 admission passes were sold to Fuse-In visitors. 38,382 daily passes were sold for $10 each, and 2,838 weekend passes, covering the full three days, were sold for $25 each. The City of Detroit collected $1 per pass, and was to have collected 30% of festival profits, but admission pass sales did not recoup the festival's $756,000 budget. [1]

2006–present: Movement[edit source | edit]

On February 16, 2006, Kevin Saunderson announced that due to financial losses and lack of sufficient promotion, he would not continue to produce the festival in 2006. As of March 23, the city has chosen Paxahau of Detroit, Michigan, an event production company that has worked with Craig, May, and Saunderson, to produce the festival under the name "Movement, Detroit's Electronic Music Festival." Paxahau has been producing the festival from 2006 to present, and has grown the event to become one of the world's top electronic music festivals.

The 2006 lineup included:

  • Photek, UK jungle DJ
  • Nitzer Ebb, British EBM
  • Pascal F.E.O.S., German techno DJ
  • Derrick Carter, Chicago house music DJ/producer
  • Rob Acid, German acid techno producer
  • Ark, minimal techno DJ/producer and first-time visitor to Detroit
  • Josh Wink, techno DJ/producer
  • The Orb, ambient dub producers
  • Greenskeeper, house music band
  • Brian Kage, Detroit techno producer
  • Tortured Soul, house music band
  • Alex Under, Spanish minimal techno artist
  • Mark Broom, British techno DJ/producer
  • Pantytec, German techno act
  • Darkcube/Dan Lucas/T. Linder, Detroit techno artists
  • Planet of the Drums, Dieselboy, DJ Dara, AK1200, MC Messinian, U.S. jungle DJ/MC ensemble
  • Krikor, French minimal techno artist
  • Kruse Kontrol/Joshua Adams, Detroit D&B artist & percussionist
  • Ronin Selecta/Matt Clarke/Teddy MC/MC Flow, Detroit D&B artists
  • Superpitcher, German techno artist/DJ
  • Richie Hawtin, Windsor/Berlin techno artist/DJ
  • Collabs: Speedy J/Chris Liebing, European hard techno duo
  • Dandy Jack, Berlin techno artist
  • Eric Cloutier/Drew Maddox, Detroit techno artists
  • Doc Martin, West Coast house music DJ/producer
  • Roy Davis Jr., Chicago acid house DJ/artist
  • Markus Guenter, German ambient/minimal techno artist
  • Klimek, ambient live act
  • Starski and Clutch, Detroit Ghetto Tech & Funk Duo
  • Jay Haze, minimal techno artist
  • Socks and Sandals, making their Detroit debut
  • Jared Wilson, Detroit techno & experimental artist/producer
  • Adam Marshall, international techno DJ/producer
  • Daniel Bell, Detroit minimal techno artist/DJ
  • Jeremy Caulfield, Canadian techno DJ/producer
  • Donald Glaude, West Coast DJ/producer
  • DJ Shortstop & DJ Paul Martindale, Detroit Ghetto Tech DJ's
  • Function and Regis, New York hard techno duo
  • Neil Landstrumm, Veteran Techno producer from Scotland
  • Jeremy Ellis, Detroit-native dance producer [Ubiquity]
  • John Arnold, Detroit-native producer + DJ [Ubiquity]
  • SunTzu Sound, DJ's: AC Lewis, J-Justice, Atlee aka IMC Soul from Seattle
  • The Snowman
  • DJ Godfather, Detroit Ghetto Tech DJ and producer
  • DJ Dick, Detroit Ghetto Tech DJ and Producer
  • Matthew Dear "Audion", Detroit minimal techno artist
  • The Kooky Scientist

2007: Movement[edit source | edit]

In 2007 the festival took place over a span of three days, May 26-May 28, 2007.

The 2007 lineup included:

2008: Movement[edit source | edit]

In 2008 the festival took place over a three-day span, May 24-May 26, 2008. Ticket prices this year were set at $40 presale or $55 at the door for a weekend pass, and $175 for a VIP Pass.

The 2008 lineup included:

2009: Movement[edit source | edit]

Movement 2009 took place from Saturday, May 23, 2009 thru Monday, May 25, 2009 in Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan. These two mobile friendly sites include information about after parties, lodging and an easy to read schedule http://www.mpiii.com/demf/ or http://www.detroitluv.com. The weekend overlaps with CouchSurfing's event CouchCrash http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p4O1URhzhzraofuYB9cMcIg and with the International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention

The 2009 lineup included:

2010: Movement[edit source | edit]

Movement 2010 took place May 29–31, 2010. This was the 10th anniversary of Detroit's yearly electronic music festival. Plastikman confirmed his appearance on his official website. [2] Other confirmed artists include Mr. Scruff, Ida Engberg, Jamie Jones, and Woody McBride.

The 2010 lineup included:

  • Acid Didj
  • Agoria
  • Anthony "Shake" Shakir
  • A-Trak
  • Barem
  • Booka Shade
  • Cassy
  • Chris Liebing
  • Claude VonStroke
  • Dan Bain
  • Derrick Carter
  • Derrick May
  • Dj Dick
  • Dj Godfather
  • Dj Hype
  • Dj Koze
  • DJ Pandullo
  • DJ Pierre
  • DJ Sneak
  • DJ Torpez
  • dOP – Live
  • DZ feat. Toophaced
  • Excision
  • Francesco Tristano - Live
  • Gabe Real & Ian Desmond
  • Ghostland Observatory
  • Greg Gow
  • Hudson Mohawke
  • Ida Engberg
  • Inner City
  • Inxec
  • ItaloBoyz
  • Jake Childs
  • Jamie Jones
  • Jeff Risk
  • Jennifer Xerri
  • Jenny Lafemme
  • Joel Mull
  • John Acquaviva
  • John Johr
  • John Ryan (Dr. Disko Dust), Ron Zakrin (Goudron) and Ian Clark (Perspects, Le Car) – Live (The band later became known as Ze Dark Park)
  • Josh Wink
  • Kenny Larkin - Live
  • Kenneth Thomas
  • K-HAND
  • Kid Sister - Live
  • Kirk Degiorgio
  • Kraak & Smaak
  • Kyle Hall
  • Larry Heard
  • Luke Hess - Live
  • Magda
  • Mark Ernestus (Rhythm & Sound)
  • Mauro Picotto
  • Marco Carola
  • Martin Buttrich - Live
  • Martinez Bros
  • Martyn
  • Matthew Hawtin
  • Mauro Picotto
  • Michael Mayer
  • Minx
  • Monty Luke
  • Mortiz Von Oswald Trio – Live
  • Motel Connection – Live
  • Mr. Scruff*Onur Ozer
  • Niko Marks – Live
  • Orlando Voorn – Live
  • Paco Osuna
  • Patrice Scott
  • Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson w/ Will Sessions – Live
  • Plastikman
  • Pretty Lights - Live
  • Psycatron
  • Punisher
  • Radio Slave
  • Recloose
  • Rex Sepulveda
  • Ricardo Villalobos (didn´t show up)
  • Rick Wilhite
  • Rob Hood - Live
  • Rolando
  • Ryan Crosson
  • Scion - Live
  • Secrets - Live
  • Sean Deason
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Simian Mobile Disco - dj set
  • Sinistarr w/ MC Teddy & Bombscare
  • Shigeto
  • Stacey Pullen
  • Starski&Clutch
  • Stylophonic
  • Theo Parish
  • Woody Mcbride
  • Yos

2011: Movement[edit source | edit]

Movement 2011 was held on May 28–30, 2011 and took place at Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan; the same location as every year since its inception. Featured artists this year include Fatboy Slim, Carl Craig, Beardyman, Felix da Housecat, and Skrillex. This year's "secret artist" listed on the lineup is Ricardo Villalobos, who, to the disappointment of many, was not allowed entrance into the US last year.

The 2011 lineup included:

  • 69 (Carl Craig)
  • Adam Beyer
  • Al Ester
  • Ambivalent
  • Ana Sia
  • Anthony Attalla
  • Aril Brikha
  • Art Department
  • Ataxia
  • Aux 88
  • B. Bravo
  • Beardyman
  • Ben Klock
  • Boo Williams
  • Brian "Starski" Gillespie
  • Bruce Bailey
  • Calvertron and Figure
  • Carl Craig
  • Chuck Daniels
  • Cio D’Or
  • Clark Warner
  • Claude Young
  • Com Truise
  • Dabura
  • Daedelus
  • Dam-Funk & Master Blazter
  • Deepchord presents Echospace
  • Delano Smith
  • Deniz Kurtel
  • District 909
  • DJ Cent
  • DJ Godfather
  • DJ Harvey
  • DJ T-1000
  • DJ Three
  • DJ X-Change
  • Dr. Atmo
  • DTM 5×5
  • Dubfire
  • Elliot Lipp
  • Eric Johnson
  • Erika
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Felix Da Housecat
  • Flying Lotus
  • Franki Juncaj (aka DJ 3000)
  • Gaiser
  • Gaslamp Killer
  • Glenn Underground
  • Goldie
  • Green Velvet
  • Guti
  • Heartthrob
  • Hudson Mohawke
  • James Zabiela
  • John Collins
  • JPLS
  • Justin Martin
  • Kero
  • Kerri Chandler
  • Little Dragon
  • Livio & Roby
  • Loco Dice
  • Marc Houle
  • Marcel Dettmann
  • Margaret Dygas
  • Mark Flash
  • Martin Buttrich
  • Matt Clarke
  • Matthew Hawtin
  • Metro Area
  • Michael Geiger
  • Mike Brown
  • Mike Servito
  • MiM0SA
  • Minx
  • Monolake Surround
  • N-Ter
  • Nospectacle with Markus Guentner
  • Paranormal
  • Tek
  • Paul Kalkbrenner
  • Pearson Sound / Ramadanman
  • Pulshar
  • Reference - Brian Kage & Luke Hess
  • Ricardo Villalobos
  • Richard Devine
  • Richie Hawtin
  • Ryan Elliot
  • Sammy Dee
  • Scuba
  • Secrets
  • Shlomi Aber
  • Skrillex
  • Soul Clap
  • Space Dimension Controller
  • Space Time Continuum
  • Steve Rachmad
  • Sven Väth
  • Terrence Parker
  • The Dirtbombs
  • The Siege
  • tINI
  • Tortured Soul
  • Traversable Wormhole
  • Venetian Snares
  • Victor Calderone
  • Visionquest

2012: Movement[edit source | edit]

Movement 2012 was held on May 26–28, 2012 at Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan; the same location as every year since its inception.

The 2012 lineup included:

  • Actress
  • Adam Jay
  • Adventure Club
  • AvA
  • Andres
  • araabMUZIK
  • Benoit & Sergio
  • Bok Bok
  • Brenmar
  • Brian Gillespie
  • Busy P (Replaced by Gold Panda)
  • Calico
  • Camea
  • Carl Craig
  • Carlo Lio
  • Cassy
  • Claude VonStroke
  • Chris Liebing
  • Dwayne Jensen

2013: Movement[edit source | edit]

Movement 2013 took place on May 25-27, once again in Hart Plaza. The lineup for the 2013 edition of the festival includes the following 116 acts:

  • 16 Bit Lolitas
  • A Tribe Called Red
  • Adult. – live
  • Al Ester
  • Alton Miller
  • Amtrac (musician)
  • Andy C
  • Annie Hall
  • Art Department
  • Ataxia
  • Audion – live
  • Azari & III – live
  • Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann
  • Ben Sims
  • Benjamin Damage - live
  • Big Chocolate
  • Big Gigantic – live
  • Bill Patrick
  • Break Science – live
  • Brendon Moeller aka Echologist
  • Brodinski
  • Bruce Bailey
  • Buzz Goree
  • Cajmere
  • Calico
  • Carl Craig
  • Carlos Souffront
  • Chris Malinchak
  • Chuck Daniels
  • Circa Tapes
  • Corbin Davis
  • Dabrye
  • Dan Wagner
  • Daniel Bell
  • Dantiez Saunderson
  • Dave Clarke
  • Deadbeat
  • Deastro - live
  • Dennis Ferrer
  • Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson – The High Tech Soul Concept
  • DJ Minx featuring Diviniti and Eva Soul
  • Don Dada – DJ Godfather and DJ Zebo
  • DJ Hatcha
  • Downlink
  • Drumcell
  • Dubfire
  • DVS1
  • Ellen Allien
  • Erika – live
  • Francois K
  • George FitzGerald
  • Gesaffelstein
  • Gramatik
  • Gregor Tresher – live
  • GRiZ – live
  • Hector
  • J.Phlip
  • Jason Kendig
  • John Digweed
  • K@Dog
  • Kidnap Kid
  • Laura Jones
  • Lucy
  • Luke Slater / P.A.S. – live
  • Maetrik
  • Magda
  • Mala
  • Masters at Work – Kenny Dope & Louie Vega
  • Matador – live
  • Matt Tolfrey
  • Midnite Jackers
  • Miguel Campbell
  • Mike Parker
  • Milkman
  • Moby – dj set
  • Moodymann
  • Mr. Joshooa
  • Nick Hook
  • Nicolas Jaar – live
  • Nicole Moudaber
  • Nina Kraviz
  • NiT GriT
  • Noisia
  • Onra
  • Paco Osuna
  • Paper Diamond
  • Phantasmagoria – live
  • Reference – live
  • Richie Hawtin
  • Ronin Selecta w/ Bombscare
  • Rrose
  • Ryan Elliott
  • Samo Sound Boy
  • Sandoz with Marcus Flow
  • Shigeto
  • Silent Servant
  • Sinistarr
  • Slam
  • Soul Clap
  • Squarepusher – live
  • Stacey Pullen
  • Steffi
  • Steve Rachmad
  • Stone Owl
  • SuperVision
  • System of Survival
  • T.Williams
  • Tensnake
  • Terrence Parker
  • The Bug – live
  • The M Machine – live
  • TOKiMONSTA
  • Tommy Four Seven
  • Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – live
  • Truncate
  • xxxy

Attendance[edit source | edit]

Historically, attendance of events held in Hart Plaza has often been reported as being well in excess of the 14-acre (57,000 m2) venue's capacity of 40,000 people, even when crowds were counted by police and city officials. The reported attendance estimates for the electronic music festival were as follows:


* Based on visual estimates by police and city officials, and conceded by city officials in 2003 to be an overly generous estimate.

** Reported by police on May 30, 2005. [3]

*** 41,220 ticketholders, plus 3,700 DJs, VIPs, and press, reported by The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press on June 2, 2005. [4] [5]

**** 41,000 tickets, quoted by Kevin Saunderson in Big Shot magazine [6]

***** Reported by The Detroit Free Press on May 27, 2008. [7]

Controversy[edit source | edit]

Many Detroit residents are upset over the cover prices for this yearly festival. For decades, other annual events like the Jazz Festival and the African World Fest have been held at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit during the summer for free and also include an array of musical performances. There has been a continuous disconnect between the crowds attracted by the DEMF and Detroit residents. Most recently, a large black fence has been erected around the festival to intimidate intruders and more thoroughly enforce the use of wristbands and DEMF passes. The typical one-day pass is $39.00 with a $4.00, 3 -day passes are also available with prices ranging from $69 - $89. Many view the DEMF as a departure from Detroit's typically family-friendly and free summer festivals.

See also[edit source | edit]

Notes and references[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "2003-09-19 Wayne County Circuit Court filing posted on Carl Craig's website in 2010". 2010-06-08. Archived from the original on 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  2. ^ Note: The Last-Modified date on the referenced version of the www.demf.com homepage is 2010-06-08. The images on the page contain JFIF tags indicating they were created 2010-05-24. The images depict a two-page filing from 9/19/2003 for the civil case 01-116186-CK, initiated 5/14/2001 by plaintiff Carl Craig against Carol Marvin and/or Pop Culture Media. The first page indicates there was a jury trial, and the second states that the plaintiff shall recover from the defendant $14,099.93, with interest. A 2011-01-07 check of the GoDaddy Whois service indicates demf.com is registered to Carl Craig Foundation; administrative contact: Craig, Carl / c2@planet-e.net / Carl Craig Foundation / 545 E. Milwaukee / Detroit, Michigan 48202 / United States / 313.874.8729 
  3. ^ Paxahau (18 June 2009). "83,322 PEOPLE ATTENDED MOVEMENT 2009,". Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Nunez, Jessica (1 June 2010). "Movement Festival 2010 sees highest paid attendence [sic] in history". Mlive.com. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  5. ^ McCollum, Brian (31 May 2011). "What we learned during Movement 2011's record-setting weekend". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 31 May 2011. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Movement Detroit Draws Record Attendance". Big Shot Magazine. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 

External links[edit source | edit]

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