FilterD: Techno feast: Memorial weekend event features electronic performers from around the world

Say hello to the future now, music fans. This three-day, five-night — counting the more than 50 off-site parties that begin on Thursday — labor of crazy Detroit love called Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival will make you believe that good times surely do come from a union of humanity and technology.

The massive party is now in the hands of Ferndale-based promotions group Paxahau, which has run the festival since 2006. The group has programmed underground events since 1998, bringing quality artists to Detroit from all over the world. The festival itself, held each Memorial Day weekend since 2000, is in its ninth year.

The official pre-party kicks things off this Friday night at Bleu (1450 Woodward Avenue, Detroit), with music by Germany's Efdemin, K. Atou (Athens, Greece), Detroit's Ryan Elliott and others.

Festival highlights throughout the weekend should be in the double or triple digits: start with Deepchord Presents Echospace, a deep, dub techno duo made up of Port Huron's Rod Modell and Chicago's Steve Hitchell. The group is making its Movement debut on the heels of The Coldest Season, which received a nod from tastemaking UK mag the Wire as 2007's top electronica LP.

The festival will also be partial host of the 10-anniversary of Richie Hawtin's Minus label (begun in Windsor, now largely located in Berlin) with performances by Magda, Heartthrob, Konrad Black, Paco Osuna, Josh Wink, Dubfire, Alex Under and Matthew Hawtin (Rich's brother). Minus will also take its own party, Contakt, off festival grounds to St. Andrew's Hall (431 E. Congress, Detroit) on Saturday night.

Other Movement headliners include Detroiters Kenny Larkin, Stacey Pullen, Kevin Saunderson and (pictured above) Carl Craig, who will be performing live on the Main Stage 11 p.m. Sunday. Meta-techno star Moby is also one of the headliners. There are five stages in all at this year's event.

Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival is May 24-26 at Hart Plaza, on Jefferson at the foot of Woodward Avenue, Detroit. A weekend pass is $40. See the entire schedule and get more details about the festival here.

The number of after-parties keeps growing. Go here for an up-to-the-second listing.
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