Our guide to the top Movement after-parties of 2018


TV Lounge during a House of Efunk party of yore. - PHOTO BY EATON BLUMENSTEIN
  • Photo by Eaton Blumenstein
  • TV Lounge during a House of Efunk party of yore.

When Paxahau took over DEMF and renamed it Movement, they may have considered calling the annual festival FOMO instead. Because with so many incredible acts and parties to choose from, you will always be missing out on something. At times, the feeling can be so overwhelming that it causes you to rush from party to party in search of a better time, spending all your money on cabs and door fees in the process.

But not to worry — the seasoned ravers at MT are here to help. We’ve whittled down the dizzying list of more than 65 after parties in an effort to help you more easily map out your Movement weekend and avoid missing out on anything too major.

For help crafting your festival plans, check out this stage schedule. Thankfully, navigating the festival a much easier task. With five stages clustered right in Hart Plaza, you can easily bop between acts without incurring any added expense.

Thursday, May 24:

Yes, the parties start as early as Thursday. Consider charging your batteries for the weekend while checking out some impressive, lesser-known DJs at Detroit’s bath house, the Schvitz.

Sound Bath
Asmara, Working Women, Will DiMaggio, Via App, mdo, Lakkis, Nikj
The Schvitz, 8295 Oakland Ave.
8 p.m.-3 a.m.
$25. Tickets available here.

Friday, May 25:

Detroit electronic scene pillars Marble Bar and TV Lounge hold you down this night. If you have to pick one, go Marble — the lineup can’t be beat — but we advise getting your ass to both. Make it to TV early enough and you might be able to snag yourself some ribs. Or buck tradition and make your way to El Club and enjoy the experimental sounds of Wolf Eyes and others for free.

Official Movement Opening Party
Matthew Dear, Kim Ann Foxman, Recloose, Mike Servito b2b Derek Plaslaiko, X-Altera, ZGTO, Russell E.L. Butler, Osborne, Shigeto b2b Pablo R. Ruiz
Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St.
9 p.m.-4 a.m.
$30. Tickets available here.

Smartbar Opening Party & BBQ
Ariel Zetina, Bruce Bailey, Dez Andrés, Garrett David, Harry Cross, Mr. Joshooa, Olin, Palms Trax, Remote Viewing Party, Sassmouth, Sevron, sold, Tin Man
TV Lounge, 2548 Grand River Avenue
6 p.m.-4 a.m.$20. Tickets available here.

Trip Metal Fest 3
Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Martin Rev, Universal Eyes, Drew McDowall, Puce Mary, Guttersnipe, Gash Rat
El Club, 4114 Vernor Hwy
4 p.m.-2 a.m
Free or $20 donation. Tickets available here.

Saturday, May 26:

Hope you took it easy the past couple nights. Things kick into high gear this night with plenty of parties to choose from. Do your best to hit at least two of them. We plan to start at Moodymann’s biennial roller disco on Eight Mile (you’ll want to be soberish for this), hit Tangent Gallery for a showcase of top-notch talent from Berlin and Detroit, and end on the patio at TV Lounge once the sun comes up and the crowds have dispersed.

Soul Skate
DJ Narsistic, DJ Arson
Northland Skating Rink, 22311 Eight Mile Road
11 p.m.-5 a.m.
$20. Tickets available here.

Dasha Rush, Adam X, Silent Servant, Noncompliant, Justin Aulis Long, Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Claude Young, Marcellus Pittman, FIT Siegel, Mareena, Handmade, Daniel Bell – outdoor sunrise set
Tangent Gallery, 715 E Milwaukee St.
10 p.m-7 a.m.
$35. Tickets available here.

Soul Clap's House of Efunk
LTJ Bukem w/ MC T.R.A.C., Egyptian Lover w/ Brian Ellis, Soul Clap, Dâm-Funk, Tony Humphries, Stacey Pullen, Tom Trago, Frankie Bones, Scott Grooves, Patrice Scott, Jayda G, Hazmat, Javonntte, Pontchartrain, Punisher, Dan Bain, Peter Croce
TV Lounge, 2548 Grand River Avenue
11 p.m-11:59 p.m. Sunday
$40. Pre-sale tickets sold out, additional tickets will be available at the door.

Sunday, May 27:

This night features a do-not-miss lineup at City Club — but good luck getting in. For a reliable plan B, consider No Way Back, now in its 11th year and still keeping the vibe on point.

Paradigm and Paxahau Present
Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brother, Loco Dice, Stacey Pullen
Leland City Club, 400 Bagley St.
10 p.m.-6 a.m.
Sold out. You can check for tickets on the Movement subreddit or Facebook group.

No Way Back
Patrick Russell, BMG, Erika, Carlos Souffront, Derek Plaslaiko, Mike Servito, Bryan Kasenic, Scott Zacharias, Outer Space, David Shettler, Grant Aaron, plus surprise international guest
Tangent Gallery, 715 E Milwaukee St.
11 p.m.-12 p.m.
$40. Tickets available here.

Sampled Detroit
Riva Star, Mark Farina, Andrés, Rick Wilhite, Chuck Daniels, DJ Heather, Jason Hodges, Shaun J. Wright, Haz Mat (Detroit), Punisher, Hiroko Yamamura, DJ Holographic, Rufus Gibson
Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St.
8 p.m.-3 a.m.
$35. Tickets available here.

An Official Movement Afterparty
Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Helena Hauff, Luke Hess
The Masonic Temple Fountain Ballroom – 500 Temple St.
11 p.m.-4 a.m.
$35. Tickets available here.

OK Cool
Eats Everything, Ardalan, Delano Smith, Ralph Lawson, Cosmin TRG, Eddie C, Tara Brooks, ATAXIA, Atnarko, Dax Lee, Taimur Agha, Mister Joshooa, Anthony Mansfield, Loren, Victor Vega, DJ BEIGE, Steve, The Amazing
TV Lounge, 2548 Grand River Avenue
11:00 p.m.-11:59 p.m. Monday
$30. Tickets available here.

Interface - Scene
VRIL, Kr!z, Cell Injection [drumcell + Truncate], I Murdered [Luis Flores + Janice], DJ Hyperactive, Sophia Saze, Milkplant / Jx-216, Sebastian Bayne, Dani Lehman, Project 313, Joe Sousa, Cesar Acosta
The Works – 1846 Michigan Avenue.
10 p.m.-8 a.m.
$50.00. Tickets available here.

Monday, May 28:

Monday has historically been all about the day party at Old Miami. Alas, "Need I Say More" is no more, but luckily, there's an equally-as-solid day rave to turn to. We recommend the actual Miami vibes at Marble Bar, which has teamed up with the Electric Pickle for Detroit's own version of the infamous party, "Where Are My Keys." Late night (or early morning), we recommend a showcase by New York label, The Bunker.

Where Are My Keys
Omar S Osunlade, Move D, Tama Sum, Marvin & Guy Sadar Bahar, Invisible City Sound System Eli Soul Clap aka Bamboozle b2b William Renuart DJ Minx b2b Ataxia, MGUN Todd Modes b2b Blair French, LadyMonix, Ryan Spencer, Bill Spencer, Ben Mason, Mira Fahrenheit
9 a.m.-4 a.m.
$40. Tickets available here.

IT presents: 15 Years of The Bunker
Jane Fitz & Eric Cloutier, Function & Adam X present Brooklyn Beats -’88-’91, Mike Servito & Bryan Kasenic, Gunnar Haslam, Abby Echiverri, Clay Wilson & rrao, Beau Wanzer, Stallone The Reducer
Tangent Gallery, 715 E Milwaukee St.
10 p.m-6 p.m.
$20. Tickets available here.

Tuesday, May 29:

How the fuck is this party still going? Oh well, good thing we took the day off work. Props to PJ's Lager House for pinning down these DJs to close out the extended weekend. Double props for not charging those of us who aren't ready for the fun to end.

Techno Tuesday BBQ
John E. Collins, Terrence Dixon, DJ Minx, Brent Scudder aka Mr 7 inches, RayBone Jones, Terry Jamespin
PJ's Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226
6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Free, donations accepted.

Didn't find what you were looking for? For an exhaustive list of Movement after parties (there are at least 65 of them) check out this guide from 6AM.

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