Movement festival 2022: The beats are finally back as a Detroit cultural tradition returns

A familiar ritual is headed back to downtown Detroit this weekend.

Hart Plaza will become the world’s hub of electronic music Saturday through Monday, as the Movement festival returns following a two-year pandemic interruption.

Thousands of dance-ready fans are expected to descend onto the plaza for the colorful, high-energy celebration in techno’s birthplace, resuming a tradition that began in May 2000 with the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF).

With 110-plus acts on six stages — the biggest Movement lineup in a decade — and a bustling array of afterparties across the city, the festival is making an emphatic comeback. It’s a mix of veteran Movement artists, including hometown mainstays, along with 50-plus up-and-comers making their Detroit festival debuts.

The leadup to Memorial Day weekend hasn’t been without drama: Last week, Russian DJ Nina Kraviz, originally set to play the main stage Monday evening, was abruptly replaced by California artist Flying Lotus. Kraviz’ inclusion in this year’s fest had become a source of contention among some, including a Detroit-based Ukrainian organization, following posts she had published seemingly praising Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Here's a rundown of what's ahead this weekend:

The festival has its first cannabis sponsor: For years, proponents of marijuana legalization were a stock feature of Movement, greeting fans on Jefferson Avenue with banners, reading materials and petition signature campaigns. By 2019, following Michigan’s passage of Proposal 1, vendors peddling cannabis and CBD accessories popped up onsite.

Now, the show has an official weed partner. Michigan-based JARS Cannabis will sponsor the Detroit Stage, presenting a host of homegrown artists through the weekend, including evening closers Acidpimp (Saturday), Francois Dillinger (Sunday) and Tammy Lakkis (Monday). The stage is situated on Hart Plaza’s east side, just by the main entrance.

The Underground Stage is moving: Through the years, some of Movement's most banging musical offerings have been booked in the cozy confines of the Hart Plaza "underground" area, off the main bowl.

For the first time, the setup there is changing. To ease congestion and create smoother foot traffic, the stage is moving to a previously draped-off, unused space nearby — providing about twice the square footage of the traditional configuration.

Jeff Mills headlines — and debuts a film: Before he closes the holiday weekend with a main-stage set Monday night, the acclaimed DJ-producer known as the Wizard will spend Sunday showcasing a new visual piece.

The hour-long “Mind Power Mind Control,” linked to his new album of the same name, will screen at Cinema Detroit on Third Street at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday. Mills will be on hand to introduce each showing of the film, a conceptual piece created over several years.

All ticket proceeds will go to the Detroit Public School System Music Education and Underground Music Academy.

Jeff Mills performs at the Underground Stage during Movement 2014.
Jeff Mills performs at the Underground Stage during Movement 2014.

Griz is a late addition to the bill: The popular, Michigan-bred musician has been slotted in for 7:30 p.m. Monday on the Waterfront Stage. He replaces the previously announced Skrillex, who bowed out of Movement and a Florida fest, saying he “hasn’t had enough time to prepare for the upcoming shows” because he was busy finishing new albums.

Griz, known for incorporating live sax playing into his performances, will be serving up a set of house music for this one.

Juan Atkins celebrates four decades: It wouldn’t be Memorial Day weekend on the riverfront without a big dose of classic Detroit. Among this year’s offerings will be Atkins, one of the genre’s celebrated pioneers, serving up a set dubbed "40 Years of Detroit Techno" from 10:30 p.m. to midnight on the Stargate Stage.

DJ Minx will host a showcase: The Detroit DJ and entrepreneur is curating a daylong “DJ Minx and Friends” lineup Monday at the Pyramid Stage, another feather in the cap for a veteran artist who continues to make waves. Minx herself will perform at 8 p.m. that night, followed by New York duo the Martinez Brothers.

DJ MINX performed on the Star Gate Stage during Movement 2019 at Hart Plaza, May 26, 2019.
DJ MINX performed on the Star Gate Stage during Movement 2019 at Hart Plaza, May 26, 2019.

Big-time B2B: The lineup features six "back-to-back" performances, each of them pairing DJs playing off one another. They include English vets Goldie and LTJ Bukem, the latter making his first Hart Plaza appearance since the 2001 DEMF (7:30 p.m. Monday, Waterfront Stage), along with Detroit ace Carl Craig with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy (10:30 p.m. Sunday, Waterfront Stage).

Craig, who is marking the 30th anniversary of his Planet E label with a new album compilation, is also performing solo at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Stargate Stage.


Saturday-Monday (Gates open at 2 p.m. daily.)

Hart Plaza, downtown Detroit

Daily tickets $119, three-day passes $249. (VIP passes sold out.)

Movement festival 2022, schedule and set times

Saturday, May 28

Movement Stage

4 p.m.: ADMN

5:30 p.m.: Delano Smith

7 p.m.: Sama’ Abdulhadi

8:45 p.m.: Jon Hopkins

10 p.m.: Richie Hawtin

Waterfront Stage

3 p.m.: Jerk x Jollof

5 p.m.: Joe Kay

7 p.m.: Partiboi69

8 p.m.: DJ Godfather

9 p.m.:-9:15 p.m.: Jazmin Re'Nae

9:15 p.m.: Neisha Neshae

9:30 p.m.: Icewear Vezzo

10 p.m.: 2 Chainz

Stargate Stage

Detroit Love Showcase

2 p.m.: LadyMonix

3:30 p.m.: Rick Wilhite b2b Andrés

5 p.m.: DJ Holographic

6:30 p.m.: Stacey Pullen

8 p.m.: Seth Troxler

9:30 p.m.: Carl Craig

Underground Stage

3 p.m.: Hiroko Yamamura

4:30 p.m.: Erika

6 p.m.: Audion b2b Ryan Elliott

7:30 p.m.: Anfisa Letyago

9 p.m.: Nastia

10:30 p.m.: DJ Stingray 313

Pyramid Stage

2 p.m.: Jorissen b3b Loren b3b Mathias

3:30 p.m.: Ardalan

5 p.m.: Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa

6:30 p.m.: Maya Jane Coles

8 p.m.: Claude VonStroke

10 p.m.: Derrick Carter

Detroit Stage presented by JARS

3 p.m.: Andrea Ghita

5 p.m.: Henry Brooks

6:30 p.m.: Rebecca Goldberg (live)

7:30 p.m.: Augustus Williams (live)

8:30 p.m.: Sard (live)

9:30 p.m.: Acidpimp

VIP Area Pop Up: Houseparty

6 p.m.: JHouse, Masquenada, Blaaqgold

Sunday, May 29

Movement Stage

4 p.m.: Ash Lauryn

5:30 p.m.: Norm Talley

7 p.m.: Marcel Dettmann

8:30 p.m.: ANNA

10 p.m.: Adam Beyer

Waterfront Stage

3 p.m.: Isaac Prieto

4:30 p.m.: Nancy Whang & Pat Mahoney

6 p.m.: Juan MacLean (DJ set)

7:30 p.m.: Soul Clap w/ Amp Fiddler (live)

9 p.m.: 2manydjs (DJ set)

10:30 p.m.: Carl Craig b2b James Murphy (DJ set)

Stargate Stage

KMS Elevate Showcase

2 p.m.: Drummer B

3:30 p.m.: Stacey Hotwaxx Hale

5 p.m.: Will Clarke

6:30 p.m.: Justin Martin

8 p.m.: MK

9:30 p.m.: E-Dancer (live)

10:30 p.m.: Juan Atkins

Underground Stage

3 p.m.: Uun (live)

4:30 p.m.: Lady Starlight (live)

6 p.m.: Adam X

7:30 p.m.: 999999999 (live)

9 p.m.: Paula Temple

10:30 p.m.: Blawan

Pyramid Stage

2 p.m.: Chuck Daniels

3:30 p.m.: Specter

5 p.m.: Natasha Diggs

6:30 p.m.: Louie Vega

8 p.m.: Maceo Plex

10 p.m.: Loco Dice

Detroit Stage presented by JARS

3 p.m.: Ryan Spencer

4:30 p.m.: Peter Croce

6 p.m.: ke thu (live)

7 p.m.: Beige

8:30 p.m.: Francois Dillinger (live)

VIP Area Pop Up: Detroit Techno Militia

6 p.m.: T.Linder, DJ Seoul, Neil V.

Monday, May 30

Movement Stage

4 p.m.: Huey Mnemonic

6 p.m.: Overmono - live

7 p.m.: Flying Lotus

9 p.m.: Jeff Mills

Waterfront Stage

2 p.m.: Ataxia

4 p.m.: Waajeed

5:30 p.m.: DRAMA

6:15 p.m.: Duck Sauce

7:30 p.m.: Griz (DJ set)

9 p.m.: Goldie b2b LTJ Bukem ft. Armanni Reign

Stargate Stage

3 p.m.: Miane

4 p.m.: John Summit

5:30 p.m.: Dom Dolla

7 p.m.: Gorgon City

8:30 p.m.: Chris Lake

Underground Stage

3 p.m.: Diamondstein

4 p.m.: HAAi

5:30 p.m.: Ellen Allien

7 p.m.: Dax J

8:30 p.m.: Kobosil

Pyramid Stage

DJ Minx & Friends Showcase

2 p.m.: Jeffrey Sfire

3:30 p.m.: Honfjuan cho

5 p.m.: DJ Tennis

6:30 p.m.: The Blessed Madonna

8 p.m.: DJ Minx

9:30 p.m.: The Martinez Brothers

Detroit Stage presented by JARS

3 p.m.: Vincent Patricola b2b Jesse Cory

4:30 p.m.: Hazmat (live)

5:30 p.m.: Meftah

7 p.m.: Deon Jamar

8:30 p.m.: Tammy Lakkis

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Movement 2022: Beats are back as Detroit cultural tradition resumes