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7 STEP NEWBIE GUIDE TO MOVEMENT FESTIVAL

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Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival (formerly DEMF), one of the best underground techno and electronic music festivals in the US, is just a month away. For those of you that are first-timers, we have compiled a guide to help make sure your first year is memorable and stress-free. 1. AttireMovement is held during Memorial Day weekend in the Midwest which means the weather can be fickle. While it may seem that it would be warm and shorts/tank top weather, it can actually get quite cold especially at night and if it’s raining. Make sure to bring a hoodie and consider wearing pants. Some of the stages are located right next to the water and offer a cool breeze so plan accordingly. And please… leave your kandi and tutu at home. It’s not that kind of a festival. 2. VIP Vs. GA TicketsThis is usually a polarizing topic amongst veterans. Some think VIP is definitely worth it and others prefer General Admission. The perks of VIP include a huge space with couches, separate entrance, trailer bathrooms, 6 free drink tickets and a discounted liquor bar, and separate areas near the stages that include relaxing hammocks. It’s easy to run into Maceo Plex and Seth Troxler while in VIP so if you want to mingle with DJs this is a good option. Boiler Room also held a party in a tent inside VIP in 2013. Conversely, GA entrance lines are never long and if you plan to stick to beer/malt beverages and don’t mind using port-a-potties then you’re all set with GA tickets. If you will be hitting day parties off-site at places like Old Miami that go well into the afternoon causing you to miss part of Movement, then a VIP ticket might go to waste.3. The StagesMovement is located in Hart Plaza right on the Detroit River. The main stage is an amphitheater with seating and a large standing/dancing area. The smaller Made in Detroit Stage is directly to the west of the main stage and is a great stage to discover some newer talent. There is a stage that’s in the back directly next to the river with views of Windsor, Canada (called Beatport Stage last year) and features some of the best deep house, tech house and techno DJs. Opposite of the Beatport stage, deeper in the park is a smaller stage (called Electric Forest last year) that includes a more diverse lineup featuring trap and electro acts. One of the coolest stages is located underground and hosts some of the best dark techno and minimal sounds.4. After PartiesThere are several venues and clubs around the city that host some of the best official and unofficial after parties. In the past, TV Lounge has hosted Circoloco and Resolute. St. Andrew’s has been the host venue for the CLR and Life & Death parties. Parties like Richie Hawtin’s Jak Attak and Flying Circus & No 19 were held at City Club. Other cool venues include Bleu, Flat 151, the Fillmore and The Works. Make sure to visit Resident Advisor and the Movement website regularly as the festival approaches for party announcements. The pre-sale tickets sell out quickly and trying to get tickets at the door can be a pain, if not impossible.5. Old MiamiOld Miami is so unique, it can’t be categorized with the other parties. This is like the after-after party or the pre-party depending on …..(CONTINUED)

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