Detroit—After a 2011 event that drew nearly 100,000 fans, Motown’s Movement festival will fill Hart Plaza again this Memorial Day weekend. Some of the world’s top DJs and electronic acts will perform on the festival’s five downtown Detroit stages.
Additionally, a slew of intriguing afterhours events are slated, including the Royale Voyage IV boat party featuring Danny Tenaglia on May 27. Movement is produced by Paxahau Event Productions.
Set for May 26-28, Movement also will serve as the 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 tour schedule 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.
At Movement and other tour events—like Baltimore’s Starscape festival on June 9, Upstate New York’s Camp Bisco on July 12-14, and a variety of major club gigs—DJ Times will maintain a dedicated America’s Best DJ exhibition booth and collect 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 7 at Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas.
Out of the 100 U.S.-based jocks nominated for the America’s Best DJ title, several will perform at Movement. They include Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Claude VonStroke, Derrick Carter, Dillon Francis, DJ Godfather, Josh Wink, Diplo (playing with Major Lazer), Mark Farina, and Stacey Pullen.
In addition to Lil’ Louis, Public Enemy and Jeff Mills, Mainstage headliners featured at Movement include DJ Sneak, Kevin Saunderson, Marco Carola, Loco Dice, and Chris Liebing. Other notable DJ/artists at Movement include Richie Hawtin, Mr. C, Roni Size, Seth Troxler B2B Guy Gerber, Photek, Wolf + Lamb, and MK.
Also, several ABDJ nominees will perform at Starscape’s four stages. They include Wolfgang Gartner, Kill the Noise, DJ Dan, Donald Glaude, Tittsworth, Dillon Francis and Dieselboy (playing a B2B set with Bare).
The 2011 America’s Best DJ vote was the closest in its six-year history. Eventual winner, Kaskade edged a diverse group of top jocks that included Skrillex, Z-Trip, BT, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Wolfgang Gartner, A-Trak and Bassnectar. At promotion’s end, Kaskade was flown to Las Vegas and presented with a gold-plated Pioneer DJM-800 mixer. Afterward, he rocked a packed crowd at Marquee Nightclub, basking in the glory of being voted America’s Best DJ.