Movement Returns to Hart Plaza This Weekend

Carl Craig, Juan Atikins, Griz, 2 Chains, and more are playing this year’s festival
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ANNA, pictured above at Movement 2019, is among the artists scheduled to perform this year. // Photograph courtesy of Stephen Bondio / Movement Music Festival

Movement music festival returns to Hart Plaza this Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30. Taking place over six stages, this year’s event features more than 110 different acts from the electronic music space and related genres.

Among the artists on the 2022 lineup are Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Flying Lotus, Skrillex, Kevin Saunderson as E-Dancer, Carl Craig back-to-back (b2b) with James Murphy, Goldie b2b LTJ Bukem, 2 Chainz, ANNA, Griz, Jon Hopkins, The Blessed Madonna, Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa, and Chris Lake. Juan Atkins, one of the original DJs responsible for the creation of Detroit techno music, will also be performing a set called “40 Years of Detroit Techno.”

“There is going to be something for everyone, including fans of techno, house, hip hop, and more,” say representatives from Paxahau, the event production and management group that organizes Movement. “We’ve been seeing a ton of excitement from Drum n Bass fans about Goldie and LTJ Bukem playing together for the first time ever. Jeff Mills closing out the Movement Stage on Monday is going to be quite special as he’s also celebrating 30 years of iconic label Axis Records, and this will be his first time back in Detroit in a long time.”

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Carl Craig, pictured above, will also play a set with James Murphy. // Photograph courtesy of Steven Pham / Movement Music Festival

Anticipation for Movement is especially high for 2022 as this year’s festival is the first time in two years that the event has been held in Hart Plaza. Due to the pandemic, Paxahau presented Movement at Home, a virtual edition of the annual event, in 2021. Then in 2021, Paxahau hosted smaller shows at venues throughout Detroit during Memorial Day weekend.

“Movement has traditionally been the kick-off to the summer in Detroit so it’s great that we can do that again; we’ve been waiting a long time for this moment,” Paxahau representatives say. “You can feel the energy up in the air again. To see people making their way through the gates for the first time in two years is going to be pretty special.”

Three-day general admission tickets to Movement are $249, while single-day tickets can be purchased for $119 each. An official opening party will be held at Spot Lite Detroit on May 27. Tickets are $40. 

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