Turning a one-off festival into an annual event isn’t something that comes naturally to many – and a lot of people have tried and failed in the process. Kudos, therefore, to Detroit’s Movement Electronic Festival, who launched on shaky ground many years ago, but has since become one of the stand-out events of the festival season.
But one thing that’s hard to deny is that the Paxahau owned festival has changed significantly over the years – not least in the fact their lineup is much more international these days than it used to be. What originally started out as a way for Detroit to celebrate their own talent – and goodness knows the city has plenty of it – has become something much bigger.
So who’s actually on the lineup this year? Like most festivals, Movement doesn’t release their full lineup in one go – but the first batch of names were released just days ago. And Ears To The House has got to be honest – we’re more than a little surprised by the list…
Firstly, we can’t help but notice a hell of a lot of British acts on the list – with Fatboy Slim, Skream, Goldie, Jaguar, and Gorgon City all crossing the Atlantic to perform. Elsewhere, Chicago is represented in the form of Honey Dijon – continuing her efforts to be squeezed out of this industry by accepting a fat cheque from literally anyone who offers it.
Italy’s Joseph Capriati will be in attendance, alongside Spain’s Indira Paganotto. In the meantime, Detroit’s authorities will breathe a sigh of relief at the news that there’ll be no danger of Movement’s sizeable crowds getting too excited this year – because Mr Human Diazepam, in the form of dad-dancing Solomun, is also scheduled to play.
Possibly the most curious thing on this very curious list, however, is Detroit’s very own Kevin Saunderson isn’t getting to play by himself on the stage. No, it turns out he has to share the honour with Idris Elba – not only depriving Saunderson of a chance to shine in his own right, but also increasing further the already large quota of British acts on the lineup.
Perhaps it’s just as well that we had a fresh delivery of tea in the office during the week…