The festival's inaugural edition will take place over Memorial Day weekend.
It's co-founded by Nate Young from the American noise band Wolf Eyes, who received a $10,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to produce the event. Young detailed the festival's mission statement and initial artist lineup in an interview with the Metro Times earlier this month.
Headliners include synth music legend Morton Subotnick and performance art party animal Andrew WK, as well as Aaron Dilloway and Wolf Eyes. Sun Ra Arkestra's Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson are billed to play alongside Hieroglyphic Being (who featured in RA's Origins short film series last summer). Additional acts include Drainolith, Nautical Almanac, Viki, Magas, Michigan Underground Group, Lexie Mountain and DJ Dog Dick, among others.
Evening performances will happen at El Club, a new venue in Detroit's Mexicantown neighborhood that will open in time for the festival. There will be a Trip Metal afterhours event on Friday night at Menjo's Olympus Theater with DJ Sotofett from Sex Tags Mania and New York's Madteo, plus Motor City local FIT Siegel.
Question-and answer-sessions will be held at Trinosophes, a nearby gallery and coffee shop, with Subotnick on Friday, Hieroglyphic Being on Saturday and Pauline Oliveros—the subject of last week's RA exchange podcast—on Sunday. Film screenings will be held at Third Man Records on Friday and Sunday, and Cinema Detroit on Saturday.