Movement Music Festival - Detroit


Originally planned as a grassy lawn area in 1924, it wasn’t until the 70’s that Hart Plaza was conceptualized and brought to life by Isamu Noguchi. Hart Plaza has become, almost unintentionally, a tribute to the strength of people - memorials in the plaza include “Gateway to Freedom”, recognizing Detroit’s role in helping emancipated slaves into Canada, and “Transcending”, a giant arch celebrating American Labor. What this is all means for Movement is a palpable energy in the air. Whether in the amphitheater, next to the river, or enjoying the massive underground bunker, we are not separate from our past, from our tactile environment - we are in the continuum.


Movement has 6 stages, each with their own distinct personality.
  • The Movement Stage, located in the amphitheater, is the crown jewel. Here is where you’ll see the big players, the legends, and those who have earned their stripes.
  • Located amongst the trees, the Waterfront Stage presented by JARS showcases myriad styles; Funk, Hip-Hop, Breakbeats, Ghettotech, it’s all welcome here.
  • The Pyramid Stage, positioned opposite the Waterfront Stage along the river, is the perfect summer backdrop.
  • Stargate Stage is distinctly Detroit, with lifelong friends sound-tracking a city-wide block party.
  • Detroit Stage features an all-Detroit lineup of veterans, rising talent, and newcomers.
  • The Underground Stage offers music fans a true "warehouse party" experience located under the main level of Hart Plaza.


Chill out at the Tito’s River Garden, a hidden refuge with one of a kind views of the river.


FOOD Movement sports a true cornucopia of food options. From the legendary chicken on a stick, to gourmet bowls of awesomeness, there’s something for everyone. Don’t sleep on the cup of fries with vinegar or the falafel sandwiches!


Release your inner musician and discover the latest technology and gear from industry leaders at the Movement Studio presented by Sweetwater. Several noted brands will be present, offering attendees product demonstrations, hands-on interaction and a chance to win many of the instruments on display. The Movement Studio is located near the Detroit Stage.


Explore Detroit Techno City, a special collaborative work between acclaimed Detroit artists Amy Fisher Price and Kelly Golden for the Movement 2023 Artist-In-Residence installation with 1XRUN.⁠ Combining their respective mediums of fabric for Amy and paint for Kelly, they've created an otherworldly, immersive installation transporting visitors to an alien rave world filled with familiar friends from Techno; from Detroit; from space; from the best party in town! ⁠The work showcases the city's past, present, future, and beyond, offering a glimpse into the world of Techno from Detroit.⁠

Detroit Techno City is located in the Pyramid Amphitheatre (near the Pyramid Stage).⁠


Resident Advisor, Detroit Techno Foundation, and Underground Music Academy present Respect the Architects exhibition exploring some of the Detroit electronic music community’s most impactful and unsung heroes.

“Much has been written about the first wave of Detroit techno artists and as pioneers of one of the most impactful genres in the world. This list is designed to shine a light on the unsung heroes who ghost-wrote classic records, created the structures, spaces, and scenarios that allowed techno to grow beyond the wildest dreams of its inventors, and the mentors who have supported and inspired the subsequent waves of Detroit techno artists in finding their sound and place in the musical world.

If you recognize these names we hope you will join us in telling their stories and celebrating their impact, if you don’t - we hope you take the time to listen and learn about the people who built Techno City.”
Underground Music Academy

Respect the Architects exhibition is located in the Underground Amphitheatre (old underground stage). It will be open to all attendees during festival hours.

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