If you ever wondered how important Detroit is in the world of electronic music, you need look no further than Fatboy Slim’s performance on the main stage to close out Movement 2011. The crowd erupted when he sampled the Supremes “Stop in the Name of Love,” then re-ignited them a few minutes later by sampling “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes. His nod to Motown, and Detroit garage rock, were only a few of the examples of just how much the music of the Motor City influences the music of the world.
The crew at Paxahau did a great job of packaging that music. Even in the concrete enclosed Movement Torino Festival Stage there was little discernible echo and no distortion of the music. The sound was crisp and clean … even when stages backed up to one another like the Made in Detroit and the VitaminWater main stage. Standing in front of the performers getting video next to the speakers might have taken your breath away. but it left your hearing intact.
One thing that you will notice about this festival is just how friendly many of the performers were. You could wander through the crowd and catch Michael Geiger, DJ Seoul and Beardyman to name a few, which is a reminder these guys are fans just like the rest of us.
This was a record setting weekend for the festival as well, drawing 99,282 people over the three days despite often tenuous weather conditions. While it is short of the one million people who reportedly attended the festival when it started, those in attendance can attest to how full Hart Plaza was for the weekend. As many have noted, the crowd seemed just as large this weekend as it did a decade ago when electronic music lovers decided that Detroit needed to celebrate the history of the genre the city helped create.
Rather than continue on in our words, here are videos of our impressions from the weekend: