By popular demand, here is a sneak preview of some of the hotspots we're marking with a big, fat TIP!
Starting with Friday, May 22, with more to come in the following days:
FRIDAY, MAY 22
Pre-festival BBQ: Featuring James Pennington, Punisher, Sassmouth, Adam Jay, Eric Cloutier and more.
This annual party hosted by Detroit ex-pat Andrew Virden (known as "Grimace" to all you perpetual smiley faces) has been a Memorial Day weekend fixture since 2003. Good food, good times and straight-up honest person-to-person contact by a Brazilian-born class act who now lives in the Twin Cities and works for the Minnesota Timberwolves, no less. He's saying this is the last one, so party up hardy peeps. Seeing Pennington of Underground Resistance is the obvious historical highlight but fresh ladybugs Punisher and Sassmouth are tied for a damn close second. Party starts at 5 p.m. and goes to whenever Corktown Tavern (1716 Michigan Avenue, Detroit) decides to kick everyone out.
Bang Tech 12, Detroit Techno Militia, the Cat Thieves and Breakloose Annual Pre-Festival Party: Featuring DJ Seoul, T. Linder, Billiebob, Ronin Selecta, The Vandal, Dilemma and more. Visuals by Detronik Visual Rekon Mercenary. Midwest crews that know how to be hospitable and rock hard at the same time, this free party (with free food) is a must for those looking for a little bit of everything (techno/house/electro/drum 'n' bass). We expect the sweet vibe of authenticity from the first needle drop on vinyl in a three-room venue that features a rooftop deck. Party on 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. at New Bookie's Tavern, 2208 Cass Avenue, Detroit.
Bunker: Famed New York City weekly recently turned monthly has never hosted a party west of the Hudson River. Until now. And they say they'd only do it in Detroit. Word. Featuring the suddenly hot as hell Berlin vet Jan Krueger, the psychedelically-gifted next wave superstar DJ formerly of Detroit Derek Plaslaiko (and we mean it, you son of a bitch) and Spinoza (Bryan Kasenic). Oslo, 1456 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. 9 p.m.
Resident Advisor Presents Mothership Detroit: Boston-Philadelphia swampy tech-house duo Voodeux make live debut and perform from forthcoming LP, The Paranormal. Mothership label boss Claude VonStroke ("Who's Afraid of Detroit?") and recent California-to-Detroit transplant and Metro Times contributor Monty Luke also rip it up at C-Pop, 4160 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. Best of all the party is free. 10 p.m. To RSVP (a must) go here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Movement '09 Kick-off, featuring Prodigy, Dethlab, Chuck Flask. UK ravers turned almost famous arena rock stars headline what promises to be a gargantuan kick off event, but we're even more excited to see Dethlab on a big system and Paxahau talent buyer Flask, long regarded as one of Detroit tastiest and most underrated DJs on the decks in the intimate space next door. At the Fillmore Theatre and State Bar, 2115 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. 7 p.m.