Movement @ Detroit, MI, the Electronic Music Festival

This past weekend I went to Detroit for some work but also had a chance to hit up the Movement festival.  It’s like Burning Man for electronic music junkies such as myself.  I love this music and it’s absolutely unbelievably awesome to get a chance to listen to all of my favorite DJs live.  Techno, mostly, for me, but also some good hard house.  If you have never been I can highly recommend this event.  People are awesome and friendly, the city is very receptive to this.  The city, by the way, is sufficiently safe for us to walk around, chill, etc.  Three days there I ran into exactly zero problems.

First, let’s see the video, a collection of clips from the party.  This is from the festival AND from the afterparties.  According to my little UP band, constantly on my wrist, I slept for 11 hours total in 3 nights…  This is not the event to sleep at and definitely need rest when you return.  I needed a 1-night mini vacation after this 3-night mini vacation.

Unbelievably DJs, awesome crowd!  The music that rarely makes it to print (CD or whatever).  This is as rare and as raw as both get.  F**k Miami!  F**k Love Parade!  DEMF is where it’s at!  I will try my best to make it next year as well.

So, I also brought my skates with and spent a few hours skating around downtown the the close vicinity, clocking 17 miles or some-such.  I tried to show the city to you so you’re not afraid to come here.  It’s safe, fun, and awesome!  Yes, Detroit is having some problems.  Oh well!  The people are great and fun and everything was smooth as smooth gets :-)

Alright, let’s get to the pics.  I was snapping them reasonably randomly.  Whenever I’d remember I have a camera in my pocket.

F31 out of Philly.  Tiny-plane ride awaits.

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We’re here.  Oh, yeah, didn’t I mention I brought my skates with?  LOL

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Everyone’s a DJ here.  My friends are spinning some good techno as we’re planning which parties to hit up.

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This photo was a screw up.  But I think this actually captures the attitude here — everything is a blur.

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Oh, oh, oh!  This time they setup hammocks all over the place.  Awesome!

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Food court!

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YAY!!!!  CHICKEN ON A STICK!  Those of you who know me in Real Life might actually know this story.  There are even a few of you who call me “Chicken” because of it.  LOL.  The story will be told another time, perhaps.  For now, let’s enjoy some chicken on a stick!

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And the DJs.  I have my pocket camera with, not to log the monster cam around.  Night quality is terrible, sorry.

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Coneys at 5 am?  Yes, please!

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I got two :-).

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Downtown Detroit is clean, safe, and beautiful!

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Oh… Compuware Corporation…  They are solely responsible for my changing my careers.  I used to consult for them.  Getting laid off from Compuware is what made me go into Bioengineering.  Their headquarters are in Detroit, so they’re kind of all over the place here.

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Castle.

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Dead theatre converted into a parking lot.  A pity, actually.

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Corktown was supposed to be scary… Nope!  Totally safe and super-nice.

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And green.

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And red.

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And bricky.

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And sometimes abandoned.

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And very artistic.

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Just skatin’ around :-)

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Where Jesus lives.

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Every Saturday there is a huge produce market here.  Must have been lovely here yesterday.

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And yummy!!

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And this bar has names seating.  Sure defines the meaning of a “regular”.

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Most of gratify is actually really dope.

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Oh, there is a great, although short, running track, leading to the water.

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Passing by some abandoned buildings.

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And I’m back to the festival.

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And the afterparty.

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With a proper firepit outside.

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Twins who both spin Techno…

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This is at 5am.  Only the true believers stay.

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Disassembling the setups.  I’m a bit sleepy, it being 5-something am and all.

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We get to the after-afterparty and there are some bikes stollen.  Welcome to Detroit.

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Detroit, the beautiful.

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“Floor-relaxation sessions”.  Don’t ask, I don’t know.

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And we’re surrounded by abandoned castles.  The city is prime for investment.

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The stages are empty in the morning…  The party doesn’t really start until way after noon.

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Met a guy who looks so much like a friend of mine.

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Ah, Chicken On A Stick!!

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Awesome graffiti all over the place.

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Recovering…

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Will Dance for Techno :-)

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Everything is life which has a beginning has an end.

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I shall add this…

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To my small collection of my Movement wristbands.

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Amazing trip with awesome people, great crowd, and in a beautiful city.  I am definitely coming back next year!

Cheers and hope to see you at DEMF.

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