The Movement 2013 Preview

Published On May 9, 2013 | By Kymbo Slice | Music

MovementThat glorious time of year is upon us. Spring has sprung, it’s starting to get warmer, the days are longer, and everyone is gearing up for another legendary summer of music, friends and parties. A lot of Pittsburgh folks kick off their Summer by traveling to Detroit every year Memorial Day Weekend for their epic Movement Electronic Music Festival. You won’t hear us say epic too often, but the term is more than applicable here. Thousands of folks come together in Detroit’s Hart Plaza to celebrate a genre of music deeply rooted in the city’s culture. Catering to a variety of fans, the highly-anticipated lineup announcement usually comes in late winter and the gradual buildup to festival weekend makes most attendees burst at the seams with anticipation. While many consider Detroit to be a blighted rust belt city, it’s experiencing a similar renaissance to Pittsburgh, and this festival is certainly one aspect of Detroit’s renewal that we embrace whole-heartedly. Whether you’re a veteran or Movement is new to you, let’s explore this year’s changes and spill the beans on who we’re most excited to see. We also have details on how you can get in on the action without even leaving Pittsburgh.

Every year, Paxahau, the festival’s organizers, release a festival teaser. Here’s this year’s to get you pumped.



The 2013 lineup is undoubtedly one of the best they’ve hosted in years. Whether you like techno, house music, dubstep or are just trying to party, there’s surely going to be something that hits you in all the good places music-wise. We’re not gonna pretend to be expert taste makers and persuade you to check out anyone in particular. Instead, we’ll give you a rundown of who we’re sweating each day. For the full lineup, visit here.

Saturday we’ll be spending a lot of time at the Red Bull Music Academy stage, which has moved from its former riverside spot to the main stage. This is sure to cause confusion, as the former Red Bull stage will now host Beatport, and a new stage – Electric Forest is taking over the former Beatport stage. We’ll be checking out Shigeto, Moodymann, Carl Craig and Ritchie Hawtin on the main stage. There’s also Nina Kraviz at the Underground stage and Terrence Parker at Made in Detroit. A lot of the artists we’ll see Saturday have already passed through Pittsburgh, some multiple times, such as xxxy and Onra.

Sunday starts out slow and ends with a bang, which could be good or bad depending on where the after parties take us. We’ll definitely be ending the night with Masters at Work on the Beatport Stage, but might have to sneak out to catch some of Squarepusher’s live set back at the main stage. Actress on the main stage will also be a highlight. Pittsburgh attendees might also recognize Mala, Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann from their previous Pittsburgh gigs.

KWAnother big element of Movement each year is the after party scene. For a full list of haps, visit the official after party website. It is strongly encouraged to buy your tickets in advance, as it’s tough to get them the night of and prices usually skyrocket. One party in particular we want to highlight this year, Monday’s Klockworks Label Night, features Pittsburgh’s Humanaut crew’s very own Aaron Clark. This fella has been playing a lot of legit out of town gigs as of late, focusing on his efforts with Honcho and throwing/playing risque, gay-friendly dance parties. It’s always exciting to see a familiar face on such an impressive lineup and we’re proud of our Pittsburgh homie for representing our scene so well. It will be a great way to end the weekend for sure.

In terms of Pittsburgh pre-parties, local crew Flux Capacitor is throwing an unofficial one with DJ Psycho, who is playing a few gigs around the country to gear people up for the festival. It’s called Premonition and full deets can be found here.

But oh, that’s not all. Because of all the street cred Humanaut has managed to build for themselves as a crew and for Pittsburgh’s scene, Paxahau has granted them the privilege of hosting an Official Pre-Party event, which coincides with their regularly scheduled monthly, Out Of Order. Aaron Clark will be opening for the talented Aril Brikha, who is playing a series of Official Pre-Parties around the country and stopping in Pittsburgh to lay it down. His 1998 record Groove La Chord is a staple for many house and techno fans. This party happens Saturday, May 11 at Belvedere’s and is only $5 as usual. Head on over to Hot Mass after the bar closes for an after party with Beretta Music’s Brian Kage, who hails from Detroit and played an Out Of Order last year.

Humanaut is also hosting a pretty unique giveaway for those of you who can hang on the late. Win two tickets to the festival by following their instructions below. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

1. You’ll need to check in with the door person at Belvedere’s between 10pm and 10:30pm. State that you are taking part in FEATS OF STRENGTH. We’ll give you a special competition wrist band.

2. You’ll need to check in again with the door man before 3am at Hot Mass.

3. At 7AM when the music stops, we will begin TRIVIA PHASE. This will consist of a mixture of questions about both Humanaut and the Movement Festival’s history. The first person to correctly get three questions right will receive two free general admission passes to Movement – a package worth $200. You will also receive our respect, which is worthless.

Good luck to those who enter the contest and happy partying! From now until June, remember to stay hydrated and pace yo’self! You can thank us later.

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