Every year around this time, Detroit really gets anxious as the days continue to progress toward Memorial Day weekend. While many Americans flock to parks and backyards for cookouts of all things grill-able, Detroiters–along with electronic music fans from all over the world–flock to Hart Plaza for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, commonly known as DEMF or Movement.
DEMF can be considered a rite of spring for many of its attendees. Warm weather just feels incomplete without a set of ringing eardrums for the weekend. The festival typically boasts an impressive lineup, and this year’s is no different. This year, you can expect to catch Detroit techno legends like Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, and Carl Craig, along with newer artists like Detroit’s Phantasmagoria and Ann Arbor’s Shigeto. Other must-sees this year include GRiZ, TOKiMONSTA, Moby, xxxy, and Paper Diamond.
DEMF will run May 25 to 27. Although the ticket prices can be hefty–this year it’s $49/day; $99 for all three days–you don’t have to be a diehard techno fan to enjoy DEMF (although you’ll certainly find those people there). Bring some earplugs, drink lots of water beforehand, and find which stage moves you the most.