Detroit’s Movement Festival Concludes Its 2023 Edition Drawing Over 30,000 Daily Attendees
Movement Music Festival concluded its 17th year at Hart Plaza, welcoming over 30,000 music fans daily, from across the globe to Detroit, the mecca of Techno music. The festival proved once again its unrivaled status as a sonic paradise with over 115 acts performing across six stages, including a VIP Pop-Up Stage, on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29. The Movement Stage witnessed the stellar presence of dance music titans, as the illustrious Basement Jaxx captivated on Saturday; Techno star Charlotte de Witte mesmerized on Sunday; and the grand finale unfolded with the highly-anticipated closing set by the electronic music legends, Underworld, on Monday. Before their legendary performance, dance music icon Skrillex took to the stage, igniting an explosive energy that set the tone for the awe-inspiring finale by Underworld.
Some of the festival’s most memorable sets included an unforgettable performance from the iconic Memphis duo Three 6 Mafia on Saturday night at the Waterfront Stage presented by JARS; Masters At Work on Saturday at the Pyramid Stage; Kevin Saunderson’s KMS Records and Defected Records collaborative showcase on Sunday at the Stargate Stage; SPFDJ on Monday at the Underground Stage; and Dom Dolla b2b John Summit on Monday at the Stargate Stage amongst others.
Since its inception, Movement has been dedicated to bringing music fans a completely original experience to Detroit, with a focus on showcasing authentic and diverse lineups that are purely about the music and culture. As Paxhau co-founder Jason Huvaere stated in a recent Billboard profile on the festival, “Detroit techno culture is what we committed to years ago, it’s second nature.” The 2023 lineup continues to showcase the festival’s wide-range in programming, featuring an inspired selection of dance music’s most in-demand artists, underground mainstays, and notable first-time performers; a potent cross section of seasoned vets and future generations of electronic music.
Each year on Memorial Day weekend, thousands of people from across the globe gather in the birthplace of Techno to celebrate the heritage of Detroit and its musical influence over countless generations – new and old. Movement Music Festival is one of the longest-running dance music events in the world, committed to showcasing authentic electronic music and providing an experience unlike any other. The festival takes place in Hart Plaza – Detroit’s legendary riverfront destination.
Awards and accolades received by the festival and producer include:
- “30 Best Music Festivals of 2023” Pitchfork
- Resident Advisor’s “Festival of the Month”
- “16 of Summer’s Best Music Fests” Jetsetter Magazine
- The New York Times “50 Essential Summer Festivals”
- “50 Must-See Music Festivals” Rolling Stone
- #6 on Magnetic Mag’s list of “Most Life-changing EDM Festivals”
Paxahau, now celebrating its 25th anniversary as dance music promoters and producers, specializes in producing music festivals and events incorporating the most innovative sound designs and always placing the highest priority on music. The company first established itself in 1998 as an underground party promoter and online resource to showcase electronic music culture in Detroit. Paxahau, now in its 17th year as producer of the Movement Festival in Detroit, is recognized across the world by artists, community members, and industry executives as a pioneering promoter rooted firmly in the birthplace of Techno.