My seventh year was just as great as the others — starting this off with the official recap and photo galleries, followed by my own content. Keep scrolling!
This was my seventh 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 — this year presented by Pure Michigan — is where I conducted artist interviews, as well as charged up my devices throughout the day.
The media pass gives me access to artists for interviews; however, as expected, the interview schedule gets revised quite frequently at a festival due to changes in schedules. I was fortunate enough to ave some time with Orbital and Stacey Pullen! Click through for their interviews:
See below for the 2018 lineup. I think Movement does a phenomenal job with bookings every year, and although I love everything, my favorites included Golf Clap, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Tale of Us, MK, Anna, and Charlotte. It was also pretty cool to end the weekend with Griz for a change of pace.
Of course I made the usual stops at Detroit Water Ice Factory, Renaissance Center, and the riverfront, though a fun new thing I tried this time around was biking! My friend McKenna and I used the app to rent MoGo bikes and we rode around the city for a few hours before the festival began on Sunday. We started by the riverfront and just ventured off. Super cool (and ‘grammable).
I was so so so excited to have Island Noodles again! Something new to me this year was the Andiamo Italian food truck, and WOW was the chicken parm impressive. I’m still thinking about it! I was all set with those two vendors all weekend, and didn’t feel bad after eating them.
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!
My Adventures: IG Story, Vlog, & a few favorite clips