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Your Complete Party Guide to Movement Detroit 2017

It’s that time of the year once more as Movement Detroit nears and parties happening in the city throughout Memorial Day Weekend begin to get announced. With so much happening on the course of five days, we have put together this comprehensive guide to help you choose and plan your weekend with ease.

The list is sorted in order by day, with events displayed alphabetically. While most are afterparties, there are a few day parties too which are clearly marked to avoid confusion. It’s Detroit during Movement weekend, so bear in mind that some night parties turn into day parties, and sometimes certain events go longer than originally announced.

The 6AM staff combed through the entire list and selected favorites that we recommend based on years of experience traveling to Detroit for Movement weekend. Please be aware that some lineups are still TBD and some parties are altogether still yet to be announced. We will be updating this list daily to ensure it’s complete for your use. As you prepare your trip to Detroit, also check out our expansive City Travel Guide to help you get the most out of your stay.

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Paradigm Presents Announces Dixon b2b Seth Troxler Open-To-Close Movement After-Party

The Paradigm Presents crew is taking over Leland City Club once more this coming Movement Detroit weekend, with a special edition of their Motorcity Madness series taking place on Sunday, May 28th.

For the occasion, the upstairs section of the historic venue will be taken over entirely by two heavyweights of the techno and house music scene. The artists in question? None other than Detroit-raised Seth Troxler and Innervisions boss Dixon.

The two will join forces for a never-done-before back-t0-back set from club opening time until the music cuts off in the early hours of the morning. Knowing how Detroit gets down during Movement weekend this will be the perfect opportunity for those with enough energy to waltz into a cab and make it on time for Old Miami’s doors opening at 7AM for the iconic Need I Say More day party.

Tickets are available via Ticketfly.

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Underground Stage Movement

Ten “Undercard” Acts You Should Check Out During Movement Detroit 2017

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Movement Electronic Music Festival, or Movement for short, is no doubt the biggest North American underground dance music focused festival. Celebrating 11 years under the current name and direction of Paxahau, Movement returns to Detroit’s Hart Plaza this coming Memorial Day Weekend with a packed lineup of house, tech house, techno and more.

While the headliners and bigger names on the roster draw the most attention, naturally, Paxahau did a great job in filling out the lineups’ “undercard” section with a good array of talent spanning several genres. It also appears that they reverted to their old formula of featuring three days of techno at the Underground Stage, although that will not be confirmed until set times are out in the weeks to come.

So, if you’re heading to Detroit this coming May (and you should be, here is where you can buy tickets) why not look beyond Carl Cox, Adam Beyer and Seth Troxler? Branch out and explore some new names, some of which don’t tour the U.S. often or are local to the Detroit and could be a welcome surprise to your festival weekend. In our personal opinion the Movement lineup’s undercard section includes names worthy of being above the “fold”, such as Coyu, Francesca Lombardo, drumcell, Adam X & Perc, Rebekah, etc, so we will not focus on those, but will try to provide some other acts you may have not heard of that will be worth checking out. Bear in mind that this list will be read by Movement veterans and debutants alike, so please be understanding if you happen to be one of the former and are familiar with acts we have chosen. It is also no coincidence that a large number of them are Detroit-born, or Detroit-bred, giving further weight to the quality of each artist selected.

Below are our 10 “undercard” recommendations from this year’s Movement festival lineup, listed in alphabetical order.

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Richie Hawtin Announces CLOSE, New Live Performance Project

We knew Richie Hawtin was working on something special for the coming months, when a teaser tweet from Movement Detroit announced that he would be bringing his new CLOSE project on the festival’s Main Stage this coming May.

The Windsor-born and Detroit-bred techno artist has now announced more about the project, unveiling the full scope and mission of the new live performance set-up he is about to debut in front of tens of thousands of fans.

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CRSSD Festival – Crossing Over From The Main Stage

Guest post by Saxe Coulson

Although many European brands have managed to curate festivals that feature all house and techno artists, it seems as if the United States is still a bit behind. Awakenings did not take place again in New York this year and Time Warp hasn’t continued past its 2014 and 2015 editions either. Woogie Weekend is also not going to be taking place again this year and neither is the smaller Freeform Festival in Pennsylvania.

Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit contains 90% house and techno acts, and has grown in size every year with more and more after-parties taking place and more brands and sponsors coming on board. This is partly due to the festival being located in Detroit, the birthplace of techno, the long-running history and quality of the festival itself and its after-parties, and the chance to see artists that normally don’t come to the United States. Detroit has been playing homage to techno since the ‘80s and Movement Festival is a highly acclaimed and widely celebrated event that draws visitors from all over the country and beyond.

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Movement Phase 2

Discover Movement Detroit’s 2017 Lineup With This Comprehensive Playlist


Yesterday Movement Electronic Music Festival released its Phase 2 lineup, adding over 40 artists to an already extensive roster of talent.

The lineup now features over 120 acts, with headlining sets by Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and deadmau5 as testpilot. While some of the bigger names are known to most who love techno and house, the lineup also features up-and-comers and festival debuts that some may not be accustomed to.

With that in mind, we have compiled a comprehensive playlist of live sets and mix recordings from every electronic artist on the lineup, a total of 163 hours of music from 120 separate acts.

Enjoy it below:

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Movement Detroit Releases Phase 2 Lineup featuring deadmau5 (as testpilot), Richie Hawtin, Mind Against and DVS1


The Phase 2 lineup for Movement Detroit is now out, adding the last two headliners for the weekend as well as a flurry of other top-tier techno and house talent.

Richie Hawtin will be taking over the headlining slot on Saturday, while deadmau5 will be returning to Detroit’s Hart Plaza with a special Testpilot performance on Sunday, with the already-announced Carl Cox on Monday night completing a trifecta of headliners for the Main Stage.

Other new names include DVS1, Ben Sims b2b Truncate, Octave One (Live), Sterac, Rebekah (hybrid set) and Asher Perkins on the techno side, as well as Seth Troxler, Mind Against, Cajmere, Red Axes, Honey Dijon and more. See below for the full lineup and head over to Movement’s official website for tickets.

Movement Phase 2


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Movement Detroit Drops Phase I Lineup for 2017 featuring Carl Cox, Function, The Belleville Three and more


Movement Electronic Music Festival, the United States’ most anticipated techno and house focused festival, has just dropped its Phase I lineup for 2017.

This coming year’s roster will featuring Carl Cox on headlining duty on Monday night, with the remaining two headliners scheduled to be revealed when Phase II comes out. Other techno highlights include The Belleville Three, Function, Drumcell Recondite, Adam X, Perc and Robert Hood (Live). The house music front will be represented by Jamie Jones, Dixon, Dusky and many more.

See below for the full lineup:

Movement 2017 lineup

Thank You Movement

Movement Detroit Releases Official Recap Vid and Announces Special 1-Day Appreciation Sale for 2017

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It hasn’t even been two weeks since I left Detroit and penned my Editorial, and Paxahau has gone ahead releasing the Official Movement Recap Video followed by a very special announcement for 2017.

As a token of appreciation, the festival will be conducting a very special 1-Day Sale on Friday, June 17th from Noon until Midnight EST, allowing dance music fans access to limited quantities of $100 GA tickets and $200 VIP tickets for next year’s 11th Edition of Movement!

To purchase your tickets, go to:
Enter the code: DETROIT2017 (code will be active on June 17 at noon).

Read the full statement from Paxahau and Movement here:

Watch the full Recap Video below:

Pineapple KoPhoto Vogue

Q&A: An Interview with Movement’s Pineapple Man

Photo by KoPhotoVogue

Photo by KoPhotoVogue

If you attended Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit this year, it is more than likely that you either spotted or heard of the Pineapple Man.

During the festival weekend, and the days following it, Facebook became alive with sightings of the Pineapple Man. Countless videos, photos and even memes were posted celebrating the exotic fruit held aloft by a man donning a blue scarf. Hundreds sang his praises, while also wondering just how he managed to hold the large piece of fruit up in the sky for so long throughout the three days.

Despite the many questions, one thing was clear: the pineapple made people smile, enhancing their festival experience in a way no other fruit has possibly ever done before. In a sea of techno black, the tropical fruit added color and united people both at the festival and in social media groups in the days following the weekend.

I had the chance to get to know a little about Perry Finley, aka the Pineapple Man or Guy, with a quick chat following the fest. Despite having the pineapple well over his head for approximately 20-24 hours over the weekend, he assured me that his arm was completely fine ahead of our talk! You can now follow the Pineapple in action via Facebook!

I spotted you at Movement several times, first in the RenCen hotel lobby I think, then of course at the festival. How could I not? You were everywhere! Is this the first festival where you made an appearance as the Pineapple Man?

The pineapple has served as a loyal companion at a few festivals. Gratifly 2014 – a small Burner gathering in South Carolina that is no longer happening – was the first event at which I began toting my succulent associate. Since then my commitment has escalated with this past Envision and Movement really taking it to the next level.

Why pineapple? Why not mango, or a melon?

Mangos are a dime a dozen and melons are too pretentious.

One of the many Pineapple memes posted on FB. Credit: Adam Dannewitz

One of the many Pineapple memes posted on FB. Credit: Adam Dannewitz

What is the significance of the pineapple?

First I have to stress that the pineapple was never about me. It was about everyone else. There are a few reasons:

  • Pineapples are a universal symbol of hospitality. Everyone is just looking to find their niche, and music festivals feel like “home” for many people.
  • The sacred geometry present within the fruit’s structure is fascinating. Without diving too far down the rabbit hole, it’s a reminder that we are all connected and every gesture ripples way beyond the source.
  • It’s an awesome way to meet people. Some of my closest relationships have stemmed from carrying around a pineapple. If nothing else, it’s a great conversation starter and shows you don’t take yourself too serious.
  • Portable and recognizable.
  • High nutrition density.
  • Delicious.
  • Pineapples like techno too.

Was there a point where you almost gave up and thought to yourself, “Man, holding this pineapple up all day just isn’t worth it!” If so, what kept you going?

Nope. That pretty little pina was like a lightning rod throughout the weekend. Every smile, laugh, and gesture channeled that positive energy right into my arm and kept that pineapple pumping at all times.

I like to draw parallels between commitment to holding up the pineapple and commitment to any thing else in life. Consistency is key in any pursuit. From a social standpoint, Movement was like a blank canvas and the pineapple was my medium. Walking in on the first day I was thoroughly intrigued at the idea of what would happen if I just held this thing over my head every feasible moment while inside the venue.

Within a few hours I had people calling me “Pineapple Guy”. Groups were using me as a landmark to find their friends, the DJs were getting a kick out of it mid-performance, and – above all else – it was making people smile; that’s really what it’s all about.

It was truly mesmerizing to watch the impact of the pineapple spread over course of the weekend. We all possess the ability to change the world, one pineapple at a time.

Photo by Dave Eckblad

Photo by Dave Eckblad

Do you eat pineapples or do you consider it a sacred fruit that must not be consumed?

Pineapple is a staple of my daily diet. It’s the fruit that keeps on giving. At the end of the festival, we cut it up and everyone in our crew shared some.

How long did you train your shoulder for, prior to the festival?

I do my best to maintain a daily yoga practice. Without that there would be no pineapple. You’d be surprised how conducive the skeletal system is to hoisting that bad boy over your head. Once you get your arm in the proper alignment, the shoulder just kind of falls into the socket and there’s not really much muscle fatigue.

Dave Eckblad

Photo by Dave Eckblad

Did you expect your antics to ever go viral?

Definitely not. I anticipated a positive response but never expected it to cross into other festival groups on Facebook (apparently it has been blowing up within the Holy Ship! communities) or to be turned into a meme. I guess I can cross that one off my bucket list.

What was your favorite encounter that stemmed from carrying the pineapple?

I had a guy come up to me and we engaged in the typical small talk. He insisted on buying me a drink and ran off to one of the vendors. Unfortunately, our crew was migrating and I had to run. I told his friends that I couldn’t wait around but to thank their friend again for the offer.

At least 2 hours pass and this guy comes up to me at an entirely different stage and gave me the drink. He found the pineapple. It was the same drink. He carried it around the entire time. That single gesture made the entire thing worth it. Pretty sure it was a pineapple vodka too.

Was it your first time at Movement?

Indeed it was, and it will not be my last. I thought I was pretty music-savvy beforehand but, after attending Movement, I feel like I’ve been lied to my entire life.

Photo by Paul Es

Photo by Paul Es

Who were some of your favorite acts?

Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Get Real, Chris Liebing, and DJ Tennis in no specific order.

Though not technically the festival, Carl Craig’s Q&A session at the Detroit Institute of Music Education leading up to Movement was something special. That instilled a heightened level of appreciation in me and allowed me to experience the festival in an entirely different context.

What was your favorite after-party?

Paradigm Presents No. 19 vs. Visionquest on Sunday. That Kenny Glasgow b2b Lee Curtiss set had me feeling some type of way, although they wouldn’t let me bring in the pineapple. I had to hide it in a bush on the side of the venue. Thankfully it was still there when we got out.

Blank Code & Oktave at The Works on Friday was up there too.

Perry Finley and his beloved pineapple

Perry Finley and his beloved pineapple

Are you planning to come back next year? If so, who would you like to see booked?

Absolutey. I’m a big fan of Tube & Berger’s label Kittball Records. Anyone from that roster would be a treat. Otherwise, I’m content. Movement is one of those festivals where you can walk to any stage at any time and be exposed to quality music. Paxahau does an incredible job booking talent.

Where can we expect to see the Pineapple next?

Symbiosis (Northern California) is the next one for sure. Elements (Brooklyn), Shambhala (Vancouver, BC), Imagine Festival (Atlanta), Suwannee Hulaween (Florida), Groove Cruise Miami, CRSSD (San Diego), Ultra Music Festival (Miami), Envision (Costa Rica), and Movement next year are also on the radar.

Of course, you can expect to see the pineapple pop up throughout the South Florida/Miami scene all year.


Thank you Perry, I appreciate your time and commitment to improving people’s festival experience, as well as the strength of your arm and shoulder. I look forward to next year, and seeing the Pineapple raised in the Detroit sky once more!