I’ve already explained why you must attend Movement Detroit, so this is just a bit recapping the highlights of this year’s trip. Here’s the official rewind video, followed by my two cents.
This was my sixth consecutive year both attending and covering the festival. The media pass granted me access to the VIP area and media lounge, as well as a separate entrance to the grounds. The lounge is where I conducted artist interviews, as well as charged up my devices throughout the day. Which brings me to my next point…
Without a media pass, I wouldn’t have access to the artists I was able to coordinate interviews with. The artists have packed schedules all weekend — many of them flying in, playing, and flying out — and many of them have limited availability reserved for press. Fortunately, I scored a few great opportunities over the weekend:
If you weren’t there, see below for the 2018 lineup. I pretty much lived at the Origins stage all weekend, but overall, my top sets included Golf Clap, J. Phlip, Ed Rush & Optical, Dubfire, Ellen Allien, Phuture, and Kevin Saunderson.
Since the festival grounds didn’t open up until later in the afternoon, my mornings and early afternoons were open for exploring. It’s been cool to see how downtown Detroit has developed over the past six years, and I find something new each time I visit. My first stop upon arrival is always Tim Horton’s because I don’t have one at home in Boston, followed by Detroit Water Ice Factory for a Motown Mash. I always leave extra time for Renaissance Center, because I usually get lost inside. There are a bunch of great restaurants in the area, though the festival food options (my next point) were amazing this year. Something new for me this time around was the riverfront, a long strip along the water where I found a lot of locals hanging out.
Gone are the days when festie food was limited to pizza, french fries, and fried dough. Recent years at Movement presented festivalgoers with great new food options in addition to the regular choices. Of course fried dough is a staple, but I made repeat visits to Island Noodle and Delectabowl.
Solid Travel Plans
When factoring in flight and hotel costs and other travel logistics, Movement is relatively easy to plan. DTW is a convenient airport to fly into (and I snagged a $150 round-trip flight from Boston). The new FAST bus was a convenient and inexpensive way to get to and from the airport. As far as accommodations, there are a ton of hotels within walking distance to the festival grounds. Since re-entry is allowed, it’s not a bad idea to stay nearby to take advantage of in-and-out privileges. I’ve had wonderful experiences staying at both Marriotts (RenCen and Courtyard), Crowne Plaza, and the Holiday Inn Express Downtown. It’s important to book early because they fill up fast — I already reserved a hotel for next year!
I’ve recently gotten into vlogging, so I did a bit over the weekend:
Planning for next year?