OFFICIAL PLAYGROUND DETROIT MOVEMENT FESTIVAL 2018: PARTY GUIDE
PLAYGROUND DETROIT brings you the ultimate party guide with the lowdown on the after-party scene [and a few early-morning / day parties] to ensure your Movement Festival aka Memorial Day weekend party circuit doesn’t stop. Sure, three entire days of non-stop music is great- but the other half of the magic happens after the stages shut down and thousands of people hit the town all night long.
Our best advice? Buy your tickets now.
Here is a day by day guide on the best day and after-parties in the D, starting this Thursday through Memorial Day.
THURSDAY MAY 24th
Vanity Press Records and more recently, Portage Garage Sounds, have both become champions for deliberate, thoughtful releases in a world of streams and one-hit wonders. It makes sense that these two Detroit-based labels that share similar values and good taste would throw a solid party- and Thursday night at Marble Bar is set to live up to those expectations.
With a line-up that includes preview performances from festival acts such as Black Noi$e and Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, alongside MITNM residents Charles Trees and Kenjiro, topped off with more special guests and Korean BBQ from Jimmy’s Kitchen, Prefix is the place to be for anyone who can’t wait to begin the weekend’s festivities early.
Event link here, tickets at the door.
Sound Bath at The Schvitz #2 with Asmara, Working Women, Via App, Will DiMaggio, MDO, Lakkis & Nijk
Thursday, May 24th, 7pm @ The Schvitz
Recently we interviewed the talent featured in the upcoming installment of Sound Bath, a newly-launched innovative event concept involving a storied steam room and quality musical offerings. Guests get to enjoy some R&R in the historic sauna and bath at The Schivtz, a recently renovated and restored 100-year old bathhouse in the North End neighborhood of Detroit. This is the second of four nights throughout the summer showcasing diverse and unique lineups, including local Detroit and national DJs performing in The Schvitz lounge. Read the in-depth interviews with Asmara and Working Women explain why they can’t wait to perform in Detroit here.
A shorter explanation might go as such: while a good sweat is essential for cleansing your body of past misdeeds, a pre-emptive visit to get your R&R at The Schmitz is nothing short of being responsible to help the cause before this weekend takes you on a wild ride.
Tickets available here.
Jesse Saunders, Chip E, John Collins, Mike Agent X Clark, Troy Redmond b2b Dopke
Friday, May 25th, 7pm @ Detroit Shipping Company
First of all, whattup Tires.! Featuring a casually epic lineup of Detroit heavy-hitters, topped-off by “the architect of what we know as house music” Jesse Saunders (Chicago) this special event is must-see for dedicated enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike.
Attendees that come for the free panel discussionon the future of House and Techno (!!!)beginning at 7pm, will be provided entry to the entire evening, with legendaryDJ sets to commence from 9pm until late. It might be a good idea to bring a notepad. We could all use a little brush-up on the history of the music we love so dearly. This conversation to be had between legends is not the kind of music head talk you might overhear on any given night in Detroit.
Don’t miss hearing a few of the greatest electronic forefathers chat candidly together and learn why we still can’t stop moving to the beat decades later. Special VIP entry and packages are also available for guests looking for the ultimate house/techno party experience. Bonus: A limited edition series of”tires was fun” T-shirt’s will be available.
[Official] Movement Opening Party with Ghostly International
Friday, May 25th, 9pm @ Marble Bar
For the festival’s official opening party, Ghostly International is throwing a party presented by Paxahau and Marble Bar featuring an eclectic lineup of members and friends of the label. Of course there’s Matthew Dear, who recently did an incredible performance under his Audion at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Ghostly mainstay Shigeto appears twice on the bill, once in a b2b with Pablo R. Ruiz and again with a live set from his ZGTO project with Zelooperz. Add in Mike Servito and a range of other exciting guests, and you’ve got yourself a show.
The Annual Smartbar Opening Party & BBQ at TV Lounge
Friday, May 25th, 6pm @ TV Lounge
What better way to nourish yourself the night before the festival than with some free BBQ and music? TV Lounge will kick off their after-party offerings with the help of Smartbar Chicago at 6pm on Friday, where attendees can grab some food, enjoy the outdoor patio, and ease their way into a full night of music featuring artists from Smartbar’s roster, TV Lounge staples like Mister Joshooa and Remote Viewing Party, and late night sets from Palm Trax and Dez Andrés.
Music Gallery Eight
Friday, May 25th, 11pm @ The Artist Village DetroitIn the words of Theo Parrish:
“The intent of Music Gallery is to provide a powerful musical experience devoid of the distractions of phones, photos, drugs, and who the DJ is. We provide a serious sound system, keep the DJ from view, and let the music do the rest. We understand the power of release that music offers us, and feel the need to spread that to our people, especially our community here in Detroit. Detroit is often flattened as a getaway destination for out-of-towers and corporations, and this misuse is magnified during festival time. Folks come to town to make their money off of Black-made music in a Black-made city. That’s why during this time, it is especially important for us to create our environment on our terms.”
SATURDAY MAY 26th
For those who don’t mind arriving late to Day One of Movement Festival, here are some honorable mentions for daytime festivities, that may or may not involve boats (who doesn’t love boats?!):
A Detroit Yacht Party 3: Dabura & Chris Robert:Event information and details here.
Off Camera: Discwoman x Boiler Room 313:Event information and details here.
Dirtybird Official Movement Afterparty
Saturday, May 26th, 11pm @ Masonic Temple
If you saw our guide to day 1 of Movement, you know enough by now about the merits of Claude VonStroke. After catching his set at the festival, fans have the chance to see VonStroke’s Dirtybird Records in all of its glory, with a deliberately veiled lineup that is sure to include the best of the label’s roster and a slew of special guests. There’s truly no telling who might show up, but there’s only one way to find out.
Saturday, May 26th, 12pm-8pm @ 1480 Gratiot Ave
Dance Eat Drink… FEEL REAL GOOD. FEATURING: SCOTT Z (Macho City), JEFF RISK (Coconut Babylon), HAUTE TO DEATH, CHARLES TREES, LADYLIKE FRANKIE BANKS & MORE
BROUGHT TO YOU BY: SMPLFD® | HAUTE TO DEATH® | 100% HALAL MEAT
Free Entry! RSVP here.
Detroit Love – Official Movement Afterparty
Saturday, May 26th, 11pm @ The Magic Stick
Another standout from our guide to day 1 of the festival, Carl Craig, is bringing his Detroit Love series to the Magic Stick on Saturday night. With an a(ss)2a(ss) set from Craig and Luciano and a set from the one and only Waajeed, this party is a home-grown extension of the festival’s energy that will not disappoint.
Soul Skate 2018
Saturday, May 26th, 11pm @ Northland Skating Rink
While the Soul Skate 2018 events will be happening all weekend, Saturday’s main event at Northland Skating Rink is surely the crowning achievement. The mystery surrounding the event is no small part of the allure, and with the reputation that Moodymann has garnered for himself along with Mahogani Music, there’s no doubt that it will be something special. Pre-skate stretching is encouraged.
Club Toilet 2018 – Detroit
Saturday, May 26th, 10pm @ Menjo’s Complex
Queer culture and electronic music are inextricably linked. The open, inviting atmosphere of your favorite rave no doubt has its roots in the radical inclusion that erupted as a response to retrogressive societal norms. While that inclusion has been generously extended to people who do not know the struggle that birthed it, it’s important that the integrity and importance of these spaces are preserved. A few short sentences won’t do it justice, so read up if you’re unfamiliar.
In that spirit, Club Toilet returns to Detroit this year in all of its sweaty glory, inhabiting a space that has been a part of the city’s queer history for over 40 years. Menjo’s has long been a host for all types of incredible debauchery, and this year promises to live up to that reputation. With an impressive array of artists providing the soundtrack to your dirtiest night of the weekend, bring a friend or two and leave your inhibitions at the door.
Event link here, tickets at the door.
SUNDAY MAY 26th
Auxetic presents: Sinistarr + DJ Jalen
Sunday, May 27th, 2am @ Mix BricktownFor those looking for a late-night/early-morning move on the first night of the festival, look no further. Featuring Sinistarr of Exit Records and DJ Jalen of the legendary TEKLIFE crew, along with festival standout Black Noi$e and an extra-special set via Dayggs, this show is sure to bump through the early morning. DM all interested parties and make this move happen.
The Freaks Come Out at Night
*definitely* Sunday, May 27th, 4:20am @ Lincoln Street Art Park
Lincoln Street Art Park needs no introduction for your average Detroit party enthusiast. The lawn of the Recycle Here! has been host to all sorts of memorable gatherings, including a recurring full moon series that’s been known to take place rain or shine, complete with towering bonfires and the occasional mechanical fire-throwers. This seems to be the spot for after-afters and beyond, depending on the size of your wallet and the speed of your Ubers. Let’s hope for clear weather, knowing full well that we’ll probably be there regardless.
Event link here.
Honorable mentions for day parties on Sunday:
The Do-Over Detroit
The Belt, 2pm-10pm
Last year was a blast! Look forward to seeing what surprises guests out friends at adidas will bring to take over the alley and The Skip. If you need a break from the Festival just head over a few blocks for some delicious frozen cocktails and a chance to check out the new mural by Mike Burdick and James Noellert; also currently showing artwork at PLAYGROUND DETROIT through June 9th.
The best part? It’s free with RSVP.
Ticket link here.
Day Life ‘18 (Detroit)
Ticket link here.
Just Add Water | Visionquest Boat Party
Ticket link here.
Country Club Disco Warehouse After Party
Sunday, May 27th, 10pm @ Russell Industrial
Golf Clap has a busy weekend ahead: their Country Club Disco will present Chris Lake at the Russell Industrial Center on Sunday night in collaboration with MeanRed, before performing at the fest the next day and hosting another party on Monday night. The Russell has hosted a variety of big shows in recent months, ranging from the likes of Pete Tong to Travi$ Scott, and it’s proven to be a capable space for housing quality, high-capacity events. The blank industrial setting comes alive with each show, and with long stretches of concrete floors to hold the dancing masses
Texture // Official Movement Afterparty
Saturday, May 26th, 10pm @ Marble Bar
From their website: “TEXTURE is a series of events, collaborations, and open-ended experiments that explore possibilities of light, sound, space, and their intersections. First founded by Jacob Park in 2016 – with Shady P and Soren joining on shortly thereafter – to create a platform for emerging psychedelic dance music in Detroit; curating contemporary dance music events paired with experimental spatial art, traversing ideas of illusion, analog/digital relationships, and connectivity.”
No Way Back 2018
Sunday, May 27th, 11pm @ Tangent Gallery
In the words of BMG: “We are trying to create a ritual space for personal exploration, to release basic tension. The form that society is forcing you to hold, you can release that. It lets you experience that yourself, as yourself, raw, and to connect to the music and reconnect to life.”
With the Tangent Gallery as its canvas, No Way Back is back for its 11th year as it creates an otherworldly space that has become a staple of Movement nightlife. With such impressive musical performances as a live solo set from Erika, the ritual sunrise set from Scott Zacharias, and so much more, No Way Back is a can’t miss, even amongst such a packed night of after-hours on Sunday.
Nina Kraviz and Marcell Dettmann Official Movement Afterparty
Sunday, May 27th, 11pm @ Masonic Temple
Two of the strongest acts at day 2 of the festival, Germany’s Marcel Dettmann and Serbian Nina Kraviz, will be closing out the Pyramid Stage Sunday night. Afterwards, they will descend upon the Masonic Temple along with Saturday standout Helena Hauff and Luke Hess, adding another solid party to the venue’s impressive weekend lineup. It’s always interesting to see how DJ’s approach playing twice in the same day; avid fans will enjoy comparing the festival vibe to the energy at the afterparty, and even if you lean towards another stage that day of the festival (or perhaps especially so), catching this party is a good move.
MONDAY MAY 28th
Where Are My Keys Detroit
Monday, May 28th, 9am @ Marble Bar
Freakish Pleasures has steadily been establishing itself as a premiere music presenter in Detroit, and along with The Electric Pickle they will be hosting another marathon event beginning bright and early on Monday morning. With a stacked lineup that will carry all the way into the next morning, Marble Bar can serve as a pre- or post fest party, depending on your inclinations. Highlights include sets from Omar-S, a few Freakish Pleasures regulars, and Southwest hometown hero, MGUN– check out his latest release here.
Haute to Death Swim Club
Monday, May 28th, 12pm @ 5440 Cass Ave.
Haute to Death has been in it for a minute, as evidenced by their esteemed presence in Detroit’s music scene and elsewhere, including a recent retrospective at Red Bull House of Art. To kick off their 2018 Swim Club series, H2D is hosting their first event on Memorial Day, giving folks a rare chance to take a dip before they hit the last day of the festival. Our one request: wash off the remnants of last night before you step in the pool.
Country Club Disco 5
Monday, May 28th, 10pm @ The Works
No after party guide for Movement would be complete without at least one mention of The Works. The space will relent in its steady supply of heavy techno on Monday night, courtesy of Golf Clap via Country Club Disco, and following their afternoon set at the Star Gate Stage during the day. Golf Clap is one of the more well-connected acts in the scene for their size (they’ve done notable collaborations with Mija among others), so those 3 surprise headliners are even a bit more enticing.
I.T. presents 15 Years of The Bunker
Monday, May 28th, 10pm @ Tangent Gallery
From their website: “We feel closer to our I.T. family than ever because we share their vision of getting lost in the sound, as well as overlaps between our crews’ resident DJs, label artists, and key collaborators. After co-presenting 8 editions of No Way Back in Detroit, and 7 editions in Brooklyn over the last decade, in 2016 The Bunker and Interdimensional Transmissions started a new tradition of throwing The Bunker on Memorial Day at Tangent gallery. This year is extra special as we celebrate 15 Years of The Bunker, one of many such parties happening worldwide throughout 2018.”
Anthology 2018 – Detroit
Monday, May 28th, 10pm @ Leland City Club
What better way to celebrate the end of Movement weekend than with the man who is credited with the origination of Detroit techno? Juan Atkins‘ familiarity with the scene cannot be predated, and while as in any genre there is a friendly tension between new artists and old, Juan Atkins has stood the test of time by staying true to the music first and foremost. Leland City Club is a must-see attraction for out of town visitors: an old hotel turned mecca of underground music in the city, complete with an eerily grandiose entrance that properly masks the club within.
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