Movement 2012

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April 30, 2012

Movement 2012

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Written by: Mary Simkins
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If you are a fan of electronic music and don’t have plans for Memorial Day weekend, you may want to check out Movement, Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival. This three-day showcase of electronic dance music seeks every year to preserve the tradition of emphasizing the progressive nature of the electronic music culture through performances by DJs and musicians. Headliners for the festival include Public Enemy, Lil’ Louis and The Wizard aka Jeff Mills.

The Detroit Electronic Music Festival has been around since 2000 with the first launch seeing over one million attendees. Though it has undergone several name changes to reflect transitions in management, it has been known as Movement since 2009. This year’s festival will take place from May 26 – 28 in Hart Plaza in Detroit.

Started in 2000 by Carol Marvinn and her company Pop Culture Media, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival was actually a second attempt at an idea conceived in 1994 called the World Party. The intent behind The World Party was to draw attention to the overlooked culture of Detroit’s electronic music, but it floundered due to low attendance and an overheated arena.
Since its revamp in 2000, the music festival has been held at Hart Plaza every year and continues to feature big names while also bringing attention to talented up-and-comers.

Movement is promoting a ticket giveaway contest on their website, so if you’re interested in winning a pair of general admission tickets to this jam-packed event, check out You can also stay up to date on Movement news and artists by following Movement on twitter @movementdetroit and on Facebook at Movement is sponsored by Red Bull Music Academy, Beatport, Made in Detroit, Vitamin Water and MGM Grand in addition to many other local businesses.

Tickets for this year’s festival are $45 for a day pass and $80 for a three-day pass. For information on the artist lineup and to purchase tickets, visit

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Mary Simkins
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