Planetary Assault Systems, Mala and a back-to-back set from Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann are highlights of the Detroit festival's initial lineup announcement.
Movement Electronic Music Festival, Paxahau's annual festival centered around Detroit's Hart Plaza over Memorial Day weekend, has announced the first wave of artists booked in for this year's edition running May 25th-27th.
Where many recent editions have featured such inclusions as Public Enemy among the usual bounty of electronic acts, this year's lineup looks to have an especially strong emphasis on dance music. Perhaps the biggest name announced thus far is Richie Hawtin, who spent the early part of his career as a major player in Detroit's foundational electronic music scene. He'll be joined by a number of other Detroit icons in the form of Carl Craig, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson (the latter two will perform together), plus more recent exports like Ryan Elliott. John Digweed, Big Gigantic and Dennis Ferrer are some of the other big names anchoring the festival.
This year's lineup is also heavy on techno acts: Luke Slater will bring his Planetary Assault Systems live show to the festival, and Rrose will join Silent Servant in representing Sandwell District. Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock have been booked for a back-to-back set, and a pair of fellow Berghain regulars—Americans DVS1 and Mike Parker—have also made the initial lineup. LA-based Droid Behavior co-founder Drumcell and CLR's Tommy Four Seven will also appear.
Wealth of techno acts aside, there is still a good deal of variety in the lineup. Hatcha, Mala and The Bug will lend Movement some bassweight. This year's house offerings will run the gamut from Terrence Parker to more recent favorites George FitzGerald and Tensnake, and French producer Onra will keep things thoroughly eclectic.
Though this initial announcement includes artists we'll see on the five official outdoor stages, it doesn't include the wealth of acts who will play at the myriad afterparties that sprout up around the festival. Information on those afterparties, plus more bookings for the festival proper, will filter through in the coming months.