Bigger and better is the mantra of Movement 2009, as Detroitís annual Memorial Day weekend electronic music festival seeks to live up to its 2008 Festival of the Year designation by URB magazine.
More than 70 acts will keep crowds dancing and windows near Hart Plaza rattling from Saturday, May 23, to Monday, May 25. Movementís four stages will host DJ and live sets by luminaries such as Afrika Bambaataa, Bassnectar, Glitch Mobb and more along with Detroit techno pioneers Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May and Carl Craig, the festival's original artistic director who will return to that role in 2010.
The festival will stretch into the wee hours, too, with a series of adjunct and after parties. Among the highlights are: a bash celebrating the 10th anniversary of Ann Arborís Ghostly International label on Saturday at the Magic Stick; the Iím On a Boat latenight cruise Sunday on the Detroit Princess with Carl Craig, Luciano, Dixon and Ame; a reunion of the musician and DJ collective known as Family Funktion on Sunday at Cliff Bellís; a 25th Anniversary of House Music celebration Sunday at Oslo; and the official Movement 2009 closing party on Monday at Plan B Nightclub.
Last yearís festival drew more than 75,000 people, up about 25 percent from 2007 according to Ferndale-based Paxahau, which has been producing the event since 2006. Pre-sales for this yearís weekend passes have more than doubled form 2008, the company reports.
Tickets for Movement 2009 are $30 per day, $60 for the weekend and $150 for a weekend VIP pass. Schedules and information is available at www.paxahau.com and www.myspace.com/detroitmusicfest.