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Movement festival's hot dozen for 2019

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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With its five stages, nearly 90 performances and afterparties that will finish after dawn, this year's Movement Electronic Music Festival will keep downtown Detroit dancing all Memorial Day weekend long.

It's a lot of music, to be sure -- maybe more than one person, and their shoes, can handle. But the tens of thousands who show up will certainly try -- and when they do, these are a dozen sets that should not be missed....

Orbital, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Movement stage: British brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll play Movement for the first time ever, and Detroit for the first time in nearly 20 years, and promise a set that will be "very different" than anything they've done before. They also plan to be in town both before and after the festival. Check out a couple of special Movement mixes the duo recently made at mixmag.net.

Disclosure, 10 p.m. Saturday, Red Bull stage: Another British brother duo, which has been nominated for four Grammy Awards and has remixed the likes of Pharrell Williams, Usher, James Blake, Khalid, Janet Jackson and more, goes head to head rather than P2P, with Orbital.

LSD, 10 p.m. Saturday, Underground Stage: Anything goes when the trio of Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell and David "Function" Sumner come together for one of their ongoing, psychedelic collaborations.

Asher Perkins & Rex Sepulveda, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, Pyramid stage: The two underground Detroit artists team up for a rare Front To Front improv set to start Movement's second day.

Circle Of Live, 3-9 p.m. Sunday, Tito's River Garden: Sweden's Sebastian Mullaert is curating a six-hour, free-form, once (maybe) in a lifetime jam in collaboration with Amp Fiddler, Mathew Jonson and VRIL.

Sheefy McFly, 5 p.m. Sunday, Red Bull stage: With DJ Godfather playing just before him, there's every possibility the Detroit MC and visual artist has something special up his sleeve for the festival.

Super Sunday: The Day 2 stage finales on are packed with competing luminaries, including Movement mainstays Richie Hawtin (10 p.m., Pyramid stage) and Kevin Saunderson with his sons, the Saunderson Brothers (10:30 p.m. Stargate stage), plus Detroit rapper Danny Brown (10:30 p.m. Red Bull stage) and the Dubfire trio of bsb, Nicole Moudaber and Paco Osuna (10 p.m. Movement stage).

Ghostly International, 2-11:30 p.m. Monday, May 27, Red Bull stage: The Ann Arbor label celebrates its 20-year anniversary with a takeover that will include performances by Heathered Pearls, Ciel, Dabrye + Kadence, Shigeto, Madlib, Matthew Dear's Audion and Floorplan before Yaeji closes the night.

MK, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Movement stage: Detroit native Marc Kinchen, now running the Area 10 label, comes home with a progressive new single, "Body 2 Body," following last year's gold-certified "Back & Forth."

GRiZ, 10:45 p.m. Monday, Movement stage: It's not the Southfield native's first time at Movement, but this time he'll be closing things out with his potent live band, which made the Masonic Temple shake back in December.

The annual Movement Electronic Music Festival runs Saturday through Monday, May 25-27, at Detroit's Hart Plaza. $99-$420, plus a full slate of afterparties. movement.us.

Web Site: www.movement.us

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