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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Top 13 European Techno Festivals

2017 promises to be a great year for techno music with a lot of techno music festivals to watch out for. More so in Europe, where techno music is pretty much a way of life among many people there. Today, we have compiled a list of the 13 techno festivals you should check out this year if ever you plan visiting the continent. For clarification, this list takes into account one-location multi-stage festivals rather than multi-club or venue festivals.

Check out the artists, dates, and venues each techno festival has to offer, listed in alphabetical order:

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Dekmantel 2017 features Jeff Mills, Floating Points, Larry Heard, Ben UFO, Joy Orbison

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The massive Dekmantel 2017 lineup has been released. This year’s event is set to begin a day earlier spanning Wednesday through Sunday, August 2nd through the 6th.

Antal b2b Hunee, Ben UFO, Bicep, British Murder Boys, Floating Points, Joy Orbison b2b Jon K, Jeff Mills b2b Tony Allen (live), Larry Heard are some of the many artists on the bill.

On Wednesday there is one special performance by Steve Reich, a minimal music pioneer, at Muziekgebouw Aan ’t IJ, a concert hall for contemporary classical music.

Thursday will “serve up a dazzling display of live music that reaches all across the musical spectrum. Both legends and modern virtuosos will be sharing stages shattered across five different venues along the IJ river, a stones throw away from Amsterdam’s city center.”

Live performances from Steve Reich, Larry Heard, British Murder Boys, Jeff Mills b2b Tony Allen, Karenn, Floating Points (who will also DJ), Bicep, and an audiovisual collaboration from Arca and Jesse Kanda.

DJ sets by the likes of Peggy Gou, Nina Kraviz, Antal b2b Hunee, Anthony Parasole, Ben UFO, Jon Hopkins, Marcel Dettmann, Rødhåd, Volvox & Umfang, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Joy Orbison b2b Jon K, Job Jobse b2b Midland, and Palms Traxx, while Robert Hood and Donato Dozzy b2b Peter Van Hoesen will be hybrid performances.

The festival will host its usual four stages this year; each one showcasing a different variety of talent. They are the Mainstage, Greenhouse, UFO, and Selectors stages.
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At the Mainstage, you can expect to see Mathew Jonson (live), Job Jobse b2b Midland, Bicep, Robert Hood (live), Floating Points, Ben UFO, and Antal b2b Hunee. With a massive stage-wide display in the background, the Mainstage will be equipped with “unchampioned artisans, albeit exceptional DJs or compelling live-acts.”

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The Greenhouse stage is famous for its luscious, leafy setting taking place under a clear roof. You can expect to see the likes of Jeff Mills b2b Tony Allen (live), Helena Hauff, Joy Orbison b2b Jon K, D.A.F. (live), and much more.
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The UFO stage is positioned to transcend your musical journey at Dekmantel that will “bring you the best there is in experimental and futuristic techno, noise and electro.” You can find Ø [Phase] (live), Matrixxman, Rødhåd, Discwoman’s Volvox b2b Umfang, Anthony Parasole, Karenn (live), and the British Murder Boys (live) here.

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Last but certainly not least, the Selectors stage (which has grown into its own mini festival, Dekmantel Selectors) showcases a maximum of five artists per day with a broad spectrum of musical selections. Nina Kraviz, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Marcel Dettmann, Objekt b2b Call Super will boast their talents here.

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale January 24th at 12 pm Amsterdam time, 3 am LA time. Regular tickets will be made available on January 25th at 12 pm Amsterdam time, 3 am LA time.

Full lineup:

Antal & Hunee / Arca (dj) & Jesse Kanda (av) / Ben UFO / Bicep (live) / British Murder Boys (live) / D.A.F. (live) / Donato Dozzy & Peter Van Hoesen (hybrid) / Fatima Yamaha (live) / Floating Points (dj) / Floating Points (solo live) / GAS (Wolfgang Voigt) (live) / Helena Hauff / Jeff Mills & Tony Allen (live) / Job Jobse & Midland / Jon Hopkins (dj) / Joy Orbison & Jon K / Karenn (live) / Larry Heard (Mr. Fingers) (live) / Marcel Dettmann / Marcos Valle / Masters At Work / Mathew Jonson (live) / Monolake – Lumière III / Motor City Drum Ensemble / Nina Kraviz / Objekt & Call Super / Omar S / Palms Trax / Robert Glasper Experiment / Robert Hood (hybrid) / Rødhåd / Steve Reich & Slagwerk Den Haag / Sun Ra Arkestra / Tuxedomoon

A Certain Ratio / Ancient Methods & Vatican Shadow / Andy Stott (live) / Beverly Hills 808303 (I-F) / Dax J / Dekmantel Soundsystem / Demdike Stare / DJ Nobu / Dopplereffekt (live) / Dorian Concept (live) / Factory Floor (live) / Forest Swords / Joe Claussell / Joey Anderson / Juju & Jordash (live) / Lena Willikens / Lorenzo Senni (live) / Matrixxman / Nathan Fake (live) / Optimo / Overmono (Truss & Tessela) (live) / Ø [Phase] (live) / Red Axes (dj) / San Proper / Tom Trago (live) / Ultradyne (live) / Unforeseen Alliance (live) / Young Marco

Aleksi Perälä (live) / Anthony Parasole / Awanto 3 (live) / Bariş K / Beatrice Dillon / Byron The Aquarius / Central / Colin Benders (live) / Das Ding (live) / Dekmantel Festival Opening Conference / Deniro / Dr. Rubinstein / Eclair Fifi / GE-OLOGY & Red Greg / Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids / Illum Sphere / Inga Mauer / Interstellar Funk / Jameszoo / Jayda G / Marie Davidson (live) / Occult Orientated Crime (live) / Parrish Smith / Peggy Gou / Phuong-Dan / Resom / Shanti Celeste / Stump Valley / Talismann (live) / Tijana T / Vladimir Ivkovic / Volvox & Umfang

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5 Performances Not To Miss During Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary

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The legendary Awakenings is celebrating its 20th anniversary with five massive parties spanning from Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16 2017.

To commemorate this massive event, Awakenings has partnered with Monumental Productions and, Amsterdam based publisher, Mary Go Wild to produce an anniversary book for the occasion.

Most importantly and for the first time ever, the event will feature a day party on Saturday, April 15th from 11 am to 10 pm with heavy hitters Joris Voorn, Ben Klock, Adam Beyer, Jeff Mills and Chris Liebing all performing.

The remainder of the events take place during the night from Thursday to Sunday with the likes of Nina Kraviz, Pan-Pot, Sven Väth, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Bart Skils, 2000 and One, Marcel Dettmann, Dave Clarke, DJ Billy Nasty, DJ Rush, Kölsch, Len Faki, Luciano, Seth Troxler, and Ricardo Villalobos all scheduled to play at Amsterdam’s revered Gashouder venue.

Weekend tickets are sold out, but single days are still available. We suggest you act fast, as this will sell out.

Who Not To Miss

Sven Väth – April 13
The German mastermind that is Papa Sven has been a long-time friend of and performer at Awakenings. Thanks to his signature vinyl-only performances, upbeat techno tracks and funky synths, he’s sure to keep the crowd dancing throughout his entire set.

Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann – April 14
These two gentlemen have been at the top of techno lists around the world and rightfully so. Their dynamic b2b sets ooze characteristic Berghain pounding techno with thrilling twists and turns throughout, making them our standout back-to-back choice for Awakenings’ 20 Year Anniversary celebration.

Jeff Mills – April 15 (Day) 
A space wizard with endless talents, Jeff Mills is one of the most well-seasoned techno producers and DJs to roam this earth. His sets are known to incorporate cosmic synths and spacial sounds, providing timeless and out-of-this-world techno inspired emotions.

Dave Clarke – April 15 (Night)
Another Awakenings and veteran techno producer, Dave Clarke will bring the heat with heavy drums and a signature old school sound that blends techno and electro with effortless precision. The Amsterdam-based UK producer debuted with his first release in 1990 and yet remains at the forefront of today’s underground with good reason: his penchant for quality music above all else.

Ricardo Villalobos – April 16
Unnecessarily talented, Ricardo Villalobos is known to be the king of eclectic mixes, from spiraling sounds with deep bass to spirit-liberating techno. As an Awakenings veteran and one of the most sought-after talents in the world, there is no doubt that he will not disappoint for the festival’s 20th Anniversary.

Full Timetable Awakenings - 20 years

April 13th – Night

22:00 – 00:30 Dimitri & Remy Unger
00:30 – 02:30 Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson
02:30 – 04:30 Sven Väth
04:30 – 06:30 Pan-Pot
06:30 – 08:30 Nina Kraviz

April 14th – Night

22:00 – 01:30 Bart Skils & 2000 and One
01:30 – 05:00 Adam Beyer & Joseph Capriati
05:00 – 08:30 Ben Klock & MARCEL DETTMANN

April 15th – Day

11:00 – 13:00 Kabale und Liebe (Dj/Producer)
13:00 – 15:00 Joris Voorn
15:00 – 16:30 Ben Klock
16:30 – 18:30 Adam Beyer
18:30 – 20:15 Jeff Mills
20:15 – 22:00 Chris Liebing

April 15th – Night

23:30 – 02:00 DJ Billy Nasty
02:00 – 03:45 DJ Rush
03:45 – 05:30 Dave Clarke
05:30 – 07:15 Chris Liebing
07:15 – 09:00 Jeff Mills

April 16th – Night

22:00 – 00:00 Lauhaus
00:00 – 01:45 Luciano
01:45 – 03:30 Seth Troxler
03:30 – 05:15 Ricardo Villalobos
05:15 – 07:15 Joris Voorn & Kölsch
07:15 – 09:00 Len Faki

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Minimal Effort’s Location Change Came With A Couple of Hiccups But Plenty of Potential For NYE and the Future

Photo by Christopher Soltis

Photo by Christopher Soltis

Trial and error is necessary and just like with anything in life, it’s the little failures peppered amongst great successes that build something truly special. Any of the thousands of dance music fans in Los Angeles and beyond who are familiar with Underrated Presents and their Minimal Effort brand know just how big of a leap they took this past Saturday when they expanded their Halloween production from within an indoor venue facility to a hybrid indoor/outdoor festival featuring three stages, 10 hours of music and 24 different artists.

The move didn’t come without a few hiccups, of course, but when all was said and done, Los Angeles welcomed its first festival-scale electronic music production in years, and the first to solely focus on the more underground sounds of house and techno. It wasn’t since HARD and Insomniac left the city that crowds in LA hadn’t been able to enjoy an event of this kind with promises of more in the pipeline. In fact, flyers posted throughout the Los Angeles Center Studios, Minimal Effort’s new home, already announced an exciting first phase lineup for the upcoming NYE event that will take place at the same location and with a similar structure.

 

The choice of location couldn’t have been more ideal, a multipurpose facility in the former Unocal Center building next to the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles that provided ample space for two outdoor stages, an indoor room, food trucks and rest areas with grass and tables. The area was easy to reach with public transportation, by foot from anywhere downtown and via cab/uber.

Entry was smooth, with hardly any wait and no hassles at security. Similarly, despite a good sized crowd wait times for drinks, bathrooms or food were minimal throughout the night. The music was spread out between The Garden and The Bridge stages outside, and the smaller Suara Room inside. The Garden stage unfortunately opened late due to technical difficulties that were being resolved to host Tiga’s Los Angeles Live show debut during the closing slot of the night. But when it got going it welcomed thousands who partied to the sounds of Waze & Odyssey, Kidnap Kid, Tensnake and TEED before Tiga took over. Under the canopy of the overhanging tree branches, the smaller of the two outdoor stages hosted the more eclectic roster of night, catering to those in search of a more pop-driven, bass-heavy and vocal experience.

Unfortunately The Bridge Stage, considered by some as the “main stage” due to size and caliber of names performing, suffered from sound issues throughout the night. Volume had to be kept low to ensure sound quality didn’t suffer due to what was probably a blown speaker or two. Regardless, sets by Jonas Rathsman, Steve Bug and Pete Tong kept the party going until it was Thugfucker’s turn to close out the party with their signature blend of rhythmic and groovy tech house filled with big hooks, heavy synth lines and permeating melancholy.

Photo by Conner Coughenour

Photo by Conner Coughenour

Interestingly enough, it was in the smaller room that the party seemed to be going at its hardest throughout the night. The Suara Room may have been modest and it was surely a hot box, but it definitely hosted set after set of powerfully-crafted performances, seamlessly blending into one as Edu Imbernon gave way to label head-honcho Coyu before Dosem took the reigns for a final hurrah. While at first it seemed that the room had the least love as far as production value, it gave attendees the most when it came to sheer quality of music, cohesiveness and the frenzied type of party you would expect at a Halloween affair with this kind of lineup. The three closing artists delivered Spanish tech house at its finest with elements of techno, EMB and house sprayed in to beautiful results: the entire room danced as one and didn’t stop moving until the night was over at 2am.

Yes 2am. Minimal Effort’s relocation to the Los Angeles Center Studios meant that the party ended when alcohol stopped being served, but it also allowed for trips to one of several warehouse/after-parties going on in Los Angeles that night. The same will surely be true on New Year’s Eve, when party-goers will look to continue celebrating into the early hours of the morning.

Overall, the brand’s relocation and debut as a one-day festival was a good experience. Not perfect by any means but it cemented the notion that Los Angeles’ love for underground dance music is growing and has room for improvement and expansion in the near future. I had the chance to speak to the brains behind Minimal Effort in the days since and they were undoubtedly aware of the few production issues that came up during the night, apologetically promising that they would be worked on ahead of their return for round two on December 31st.

Click here for Minimal Effort NYE lineup announcement.

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Photo Gallery: Minimal Effort LA Halloween 2016

 

Minimal Effort Halloween 2016 took place on October 29th at the Los Angeles Center Studios.

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Minimal Effort LA To Bring Stephan Bodzin, Recondite, Francesca Lombardo and more for NYE

Photo by: Conner Lee Coughenour Photography

Photo by: Conner Lee Coughenour Photography

This past Saturday night, Los Angeles saw the Minimal Effort brand move to a fresh new location at the Los Angeles Center Studios, taking their concept to the next level with two outside stages and an inside room for 10 hours of music to celebrate Halloween weekend.
MENYEThis coming New Year’s Eve they do it all over again at their new home, promising to continue to bring a fine lineup selection of underground dance music acts that focuses on house with a splash of techno. NYE flyers posted around the venue during the Halloween affair confirmed the musical direction the brand is taking, with a quality selection of artists scheduled to play live sets this upcoming New Year’s Eve including Recondite, Audion, Henry Saiz, Nicola Cruz and Stephan Bodzin, who will be making his Los Angeles debut for the occasion. Attendees will also be treated to DJ sets by Simian Mobile Disco, &ME, Chrome SparksFrancesca Lombardo and the ever-popular Desert Hearts Crew among others.

Added: Today Minimal Effort revealed Phase I of their lineup for NYE which includes all the above artists and the addition of Dirtybird’s Sacha Robotti.

More acts will be confirmed in the following weeks for the event which will run from 4pm until 2am with 3 indoor and outdoor stages, 20+ DJs and 10 hours of music.

Head over to Minimal Effort’s NYE official event page for info and updates. Tickets will be going on sale soon so ensure you RSVP to the event for up-to-date information on first tier release date.

 

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Ten Things We Learned at ADE 2016

It’s Tuesday October 25th and the 21st edition of Amsterdam Dance Event ended less than 48 hours ago.

The whirlwind five-day conference and club festival was a marathon to say the least and for me, as a first time attendee of the conference itself (rather than just club events), a lesson on the power, scope and influence of ADE in today’s music industry. From Wednesday October 19th onwards until the early hours of Monday morning, the city of Amsterdam was entirely dedicated to the iteration of ADE, selling out the conference for the tenth consecutive year and breaking all sorts of records, totaling 550 speakers, over 2,200 artists in more than 140 venues, 1,000 events and approximately 375,000 visitors.

Life & Death at Thuishaven. Photo courtesy of Joris Bisschops

Life & Death at Thuishaven. Photo courtesy of Joris Bisschops

 

After attending several conferences and workshops, interviewing artists and networking with agents and publicists as well as attending nine different parties, I flew away from Amsterdam with absolutely no doubt of my intention to return in 2017, and with a few important lessons learned along the way:

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5 Essential Tunes with… Tensnake

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“’5 Essential Tunes with…’ is a feature on 6AM that explores underground dance music artist’s current favorite tracks, in an effort to showcase the best productions currently making the rounds in the world of techno, house, tech house and deep house.”

On Saturday November 29th Los Angeles will be welcoming the return of Minimal Effort for a one-day Halloween function that will begin in the depth of the afternoon and go until 2am.

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The BPM Festival Announces First 10 Showcases for 2017

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Despite temperatures now dropping, the wait for this coming January’s BPM Festival is building with great anticipation. The tenth anniversary celebration promises to be the biggest production of the festival yet — an event that has grown exponentially over the past decade from 5,000 attendees and 30 artists in 2008 to over 70,000 attendees and 430 artists in 2016.

This year the BPM Festival’s 3-day opening weekend will take place January 6-8, 2017 and the 3-day closing weekend on January 13-15, 2017. 7-day passes will be valid for January 9-15, 2017 and of course the entire 10-day festival pass will also be an option once tickets go on sale Thursday, October 20 at 11am PDT / 1pm EST / 2pm EDT /7pm BST.

BPM will also be making payment plans available for 7-day and 10-day passes. Anyone with festival passes will have entry to all BPM events during the respective date range, line bypass, guaranteed entry (subject to venue’s legal capacity) in addition to discounts at over 125 local stores and restaurants.

BPM has gone ahead and released the names of the first 10 showcases that will be featured during the 2017 edition. Naturally this first list includes globally respected music labels and iconic brands that have supported The BPM Festival throughout their journey and grown together over the years.
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