Techno music festival comes to Detroit (notice how often the plight of Detroit is referenced) Story from MLIVE.
If there's a common thread among acts at this year's Movement 2009 Detroit electronic music festival, it's that they want Detroiters to forget about economic uncertainties.
"We don't want no wall flowers," said Afrika Bambaataa during an interview. "We want people to get down and enjoy themselves. There's too much chaos in the world today. When you get to the festival just let it all go and party."
DJ Z-Trip agreed, saying Detroit has been hit so hard that residents could use a festival like this.
• Where: Hart Plaza, Detroit
• When: Saturday-Monday
• Tickets: $30 for an individual day pass, $60 for a weekend pass, $150 for a VIP pass at the gate. Discounted passes can be purchased online at www.wantickets.com. Movement Weekend Passes can also be purchased (cash only) at various locations including: 323 East in Royal Oak; Spectacles in Detroit; and Record Time in Roseville. VIP tickets can also be purchased at 323 East in Royal Oak and Spectacles in Detroit.
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"They definitely could use some relief," said Z-Trip, born Zach Sciacca. "That town has such musical roots. I think that's their escape, to have their sanity and be able to release some of that tension. That's one of the big reasons why I decided to play the festival. Musically, I've always loved what Detroit represents and where it comes from -- from Motown to techno to even some rock stuff, all the Ted Nugents and the Bob Segers. It all represents such big musical talent. To go there and be able to play some stuff and encompass all of those things, it's kind of what I'm about when I play."
Movement has become the ultimate stage for the city that founded techno music to showcase its electronic music muscle. Last year's attendance nearly reached 80,000 over three days on Detroit's Hart Plaza during Memorial Day Weekend, with fans enjoying 36 hours of their favorite electronic music artists and DJs performing on five stages, according to publicist Betty Kang. It was named "Festival of the Year" by the readers of URB Magazine.
The Prodigy will play the official opening party for Movement 2009 at The Fillmore in Detroit on Friday. Chuck Flask, Paxahau resident DJ, and Evan Evolution will be performing in the State Bar.Â The doors open at 7 p.m.
"We really try to put together a lineup that electronic and dance music fans will enjoy," said Jason Huvaere, festival director. "We have a real mix of local, national and international artists performing this year. There is a lot of great talent from the Detroit area. About half of the artists are from Detroit."
Techno godfather and Detroiter Kevin Saunderson said it has become tradition to perform at the Movement festival. He is celebrating his 20th year in music with "History Elevate."
"This general community expects it, you expect it as an artist," Saunderson wrote in an e-mail interview. "It's special how it started and how it evolved. It's gone through many controversial times, but it has survived because of the efforts of our great Detroit artists to keep this thing afloat. It's a chance to play in front of my family, educate people who've never been to the festival or experienced Detroit techno."
Huvaere explained tens of thousands of people will be able to experience Detroit techno this year because the price of weekend passes was set at $30 for an individual day pass, $60 for a weekend pass, $150 for a VIP pass at the gate.
"We are very proud of the fact that even in this tough economy, we were able to keep the weekend passes to Movement moderately priced," Huvaere said. "It's the largest electronic music event in the country and the experience we are able to give music fans is far greater than the price of the ticket. There is no place else where someone can go to see 36 hours of music on four stages being performed by world-renowned musicians at this ticket price.
"The reason we are able to keep the ticket reasonably priced is because all the acts and the vendors work with (organizers) Paxahau to create a great event for Detroit without charging too music, allowing the prices to be lower, so a larger audience is attracted," added Huvaere, who did not want to speculate on attendance figures.
Z-Trip added that it's important to keep the ticket prices reasonable.
"Especially with the economy and, there of all places, you have to come with that kind of prices," he said. "If not, you're not going to get anybody. That place was one of the places that got hit the hardest."
This is probably the music I like least but I'm glad to see fans here. When asked to describe it, one of the organizers said it was about the future. But what that means, I don't know.
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