Organizers, city prepare for Detroit’s ‘Movement Electronic Music Festival’

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The stage is being set in Detroit for the Movement Electronic Music Festival. (WWJ Photo/Sandra McNeill)

Courtesy of CBS Detroit

Techno is music with a repetitive beat — and it started right here in Detroit.

WWJ’s Sandra McNeill reports that as the Detroit Electronic Music Fest — which celebrates all things techno — comes to town, the musical genre is becoming more popular than ever. Movement Festival Director Sam Fotias said it’s a resurgence driven in large part by the influence of techno in most Top 40 music.

“If you say you don’t like electronic music, but you’re listening to a Taylor Swift remix in your car and you’re tapping your toe, you’re listening to electronic music. I mean, there’s no way around it,” said Fotias.

This year’s fest will also feature a blast from the bast not normally associated with Techo when headliner Public Enemy takes the stage. And the group will be in full glory, complete with notorious “Flavor Flav.”

“They are one of the first hip-hop groups that actually started using samples very largely in their music, and they attribute a lot of their influence and where they came from, from the early techno stuff,” said Fotias.

The Movement Electronic Music Festival takes happens noon to midnight May 26-28 at Detroit’s Hart Plaza, and features five technologically-rich outdoor stages with more than 100 artists. The festival also features free Wi-Fi access on the grounds, dozens of official afterparties, an interactive technology center, and several art displays to stimulate the senses.

Nearly 100,000 people attended last year’s festival. Fotias said the festival is family friendly, with free admission for kids 12 and under.

For more details and to purchase festival tickets, visit For more details about afterparties, visit

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