Detroit—After a 2010 event that drew 95,000 Electronic-Dance-Music fans, the Motor City’s annual Movement festival again expects to light up Hart Plaza this Memorial Day weekend. With three days of performances from top DJs and electronic acts—not to mention a slew of afterhours events—Movement and promoter Paxahau certainly will become the center of the EDM world.
Set for May 28-30, Movement also will serve as the soft-launch event for the America’s Best DJ promotion and its Summer Tour. Presented by title sponsor Pioneer DJ and DJ Times, the 20-event summer tour will support an online vote that will ultimately answer the eternal question: Who’s America’s Best DJ? (To vote and see the latest tour details, please visit www.AmericasBestDJ.net. Online voting begins June 2.)
At Movement and other tour events—like Baltimore’s Starscape Festival (June 4), Upstate New York’s Camp Bisco (July 7-9) and Denver’s Global Dance Festival (July 14-16)—DJ Times will serve as a media sponsor, maintain a dedicated America’s Best DJ booth and take paper-ballot votes from fans supporting their favorite U.S.-based DJs.
Both the voting and tour will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and the America’s Best DJ award show/closing party will take place October 1 at Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas.
Out of the 100 U.S.-based jocks nominated for the America’s Best DJ title, nine will perform at Movement. They include Felix Da Housecat, Green Velvet, Kerri Chandler, Skrillex, Soul Clap and Victor Calderone—plus current Detroit-area jocks Carl Craig (as alter ego, “69”), Claude Young and DJ Godfather.
Also, 11 of the 100 ABDJ nominees will perform at Starscape. They include Steve Aoki, Bassnectar, Dieselboy, Charles Feelgood, Donald Glaude, Hot Pink Delorean, Klever, Skrillex, Star Eyes (from Trouble & Bass crew), Tittsworth and TOKiMONSTA.
In addition to Carl Craig, Felix Da Housecat and Kerri Chandler, Mainstage headliners featured at the Movement festival include Fatboy Slim and Sven Våth. Other notable DJ/artists at Movement will include Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Loco Dice, Al Ester, Aril Brikha, Goldie, Ben Klock, James Zabiela, Monolake Surround and Paul Kalkbrenner.
The 2010 America’s Best DJ vote was the closest in its five-year history. Eventual winner QBert nosed out a diverse group of top jocks that included Kaskade, A-Trak, BT and Wolfgang Gartner. Eventually, the legendary turntablist was flown to Las Vegas and presented with a gold-plated Pioneer DJM-800 mixer from Z-Trip, the 2009 winner.
Who will it be this year?