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Detroit electronic festival adds iconic DJ as "secret artists"

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A Chilean-born, German-based DJ will help this year's Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit make a little history.

Movement organizers Paxahau announced Friday (May 20) that Ricardo Villalobos will perform in the U.S. for the first time in nine years, since playing at the Paxahau Electronic Music Festival in 2002. Villalobos will perform at 7 p.m. on May 29 on the festival's main stage and will also be part of the Voyage Royale: I'm on a Boat 3" afterparty that night.

"This is a really big deal," says Paxahau's Chuck Flask. "He just kind of hasn't played here since (2002); there was always some sort of visa thing or he just didn't want to play in the States. He promised us that if he did ever come to play the States again he would do it for us."

Villalobos was born during 1970 in Santiago; his family moved to Germany when he was three years old to escape the Pinochet regime in Chile. He began recording during 1994, and in addition to his own singles and albums has also done remixes for Depeche Mode, Beck, Thomas Dolby and Windsor's Plastikman. He topped the Resident Advisor poll of the world's top DJs in 2008 and 2010.

Movement runs May 28-30 at Detroit's Hart Plaza, with more than 100 artists slated to play on five stages. Weekend passes are $70, with VIP passes available for $150.

The festival schedule and other details are available at www.movement.us.

Web Site: www,movement.us

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