There ain’t no party like a Movement afterparty!

While the Movement Festival in Detroit, Michigan is known for transforming downtown’s Hart Plaza into a haven for true house and techno, it is the way the city caters to the thousands of festival goers after the gates close that truly makes the weekend memorable. With its vast history as the birthplace of techno comes an infrastructure of clubs and event spaces that supports an after-hours culture unique to Movement.

Starting two days before the event going through the last day of the festival, parties of all sizes take place wherever a DJ booth and sound system can be set up. These after parties vary in all sorts of genres from house, techno, bass, and minimal supplying a dance floor from evening well into the early afternoon. It may be hard navigating through the numerous after parties that are announced so we’ve compiled a list of our 10 favourites happening this Memorial Day weekend.



Friday, May 27th

Talent: Danny Tenaglia, Chuck Daniels

Venue: POPULUX ꟾ 21+, $20 Tix Link

Address: 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

Event RSVP: Facebook

Danny Tenaglia is a true legend in the world of dance music and Movement have selected him as the DJ for their official launch party happening a day before the start of the festival. With a career spanning nearly three decades, Danny has seen the many iterations dance music has gone through. It is a testament to his taste and skills behind the decks that he’s been able to survive it all. These days, Danny can be heard playing anywhere from disco classics to the latest techno bangers. If there is one New York pioneer you catch Memorial Day weekend, Danny should be the only name on that list.



Friday, May 27th

Talent: Function, Orphx [live], Anthony Parasole, Drumcell, Jeff Derringer, Israel Vine, Joel Morgan, Joe Sousa, Aaron Clark & Paul Fleetwood, and Corbin Davis

Venue: The Works ꟾ 21+, $35 Tix Link

Address: 1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216

Event RSVP: Resident Advisor

Need a dose of high-octane techno to start the weekend? American promoters Oktave and label Blank Code have collaborated once again to deliver an opening party fit for any underground enthusiast. This year they have pulled all the stops with a party lasting a good 6 hours and including a long list of talent. They’ve invited some of the America’s most respected techno stalwarts including Function, Anthony Parasole, and Droid Behavior’s Drumcell with a special live set from Orphx.



Friday, May 27th

Talent: Bruce Bailey, Delano Smith, Derrick Carter, Edward (live), Jarvi, Michael Serafini, Mike Servito, Olin, Remote Viewing Party, Sassmouth, Sevron, Sold

Venue: TV Lounge ꟾ 21+, $20 Tix Link

Address:2548 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

Event RSVP: RA

This year iconic Chicago institution Smartbar is bringing their party prowess to Detroit. Together with the help of Resident Advisor, they have collected some of the world’s best groovers with Detroit’s own Bruce Bailey headlining and supported by masters Derrick Carter and Mike Servito. If you find yourself in the D a day early and need some free BBQ and quality beats, there is no better choice than the Smartbar’s party at TV lounge.




Saturday, May 28th

Talent: Carl Craigs, Dubfire, Seth Troxler, Keith Kemp

Venue: Masonic Temple ꟾ 18+, $25 Tix Link

Address: 500 Temple St., Detroit, MI 48201

Event RSVP:Facebook

After getting seduced by the city and all of its talent, the first day of Movement will leave you wanting more and the best way to satisfy that hunger is at the Detroit Love after party at the Masonic Temple. Not only will you be partying inone of the city’s most historic buildings, but you will be graced with Michigan’s finest, Carl Craig and Seth Troxler with a special set by techno virtuoso Dubfire. With Movement spearheading this event, visitors will be given a true



Saturday, May 28th

Talent: Moritz von Oswald, Regis, Dasha Rush, Mike Parker (live), Silent Servant, Terrence Dixon (live), DJ Stingray, Claude Young, Anthony “Shake” Shakir
Venue: Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom ꟾ 21+, $28 Tix Link
Address: 715 E Milwaukee St., Detroit, MI 48202

Event RSVP:Facebook

Second only to Berghain in techno-lore, Berlin’s Tresor has carved out its own rich history as both a club and a label with all night parties and recordings inspired by the sounds of Detroit techno. It is only fitting that for its 25th anniversary Detroit’s Interdimensional Transmissions is bringing a host of both international and homegrown talent to pay tribute to Tresor’s influence. Some of the lineup’s highlights are a live set from minimal pioneer Terrance Dixon, Jealous God founder Silent Servant, and Tresor label artist Moritz von Oswald.



Sunday, May 29th

Talent: Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Ardalan, Special Guest TBA
Venue: The Detroit Masonic Temple Fountain Ballroom ꟾ 18+, Tix Link
Address: 500 Temple St., Detroit, MI 48201
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We at Festival Sherpa are big fans of the Dirtybird Label and their artists. So upon hearing of their party celebrating the 10th anniversary of Claude VonStroke’s seminal record “Who’s Afraid of Detroit”, we had to make sure they made this list. Taking the reins that night will be some of Dirtybird’s elite including Justin Martin, J. Phlip, and Ardalan. With a special guest listed, we can only guess that it will be King Claude himself.



Sunday, May 29th

Talent: Speedy J, John Acquaviva, Octave One, Doc Martin, Terrence Dixon (Live), K-Hand, Detroit Techno Militia, Asher Perkins, DJ Assault, Army of Techno (live), Terry James (DJ set), MC Spacer, John Noble, Big Joe Hix, A-Tension, Chris Roxx ꟾ 21+, $50Tix Link
Venue: Bert’s
Address: 12739 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
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With a big cast of seasoned veterans and local legends, Ain’t No Party… is looking to highlight all things Detroit. With Plus 8 founder John Acquaviva, Detroit’s Octave One, and the venerable Doc Martin, the amount of knowledge and experience rivals any lineup. Most notably however would be the appearance of Detroit Techno Militia whose live sets consists of simultaneous mixing by as many as 5 DJs.



Monday, May 30th

Talent: DJ Harvey, Carl Craig, DJ Tennis, Mike Huckaby, Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Recloose, Malik Alston, Hazmat, 12 Tech Mob, Eastside Jon, Special Guests
Venue: Marble Bar ꟾ 21+, $20  Tix Link
Address: 1501 Holden St., Detroit, MI 48208
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For those who rested for the last day of the festival or who haven’t even stopped partying, Movement partnered with Planet E to throw  “…Something Different”. This party will start at 7 am Monday and will go well into the afternoon. The maestro DJ Harvey should set the mood just right at sunrise with Mike Huckaby, DJ Tennis, and the esteemed Carl Craig all taking turns on the decks one last time.



Monday, May 30th

Talent: Tale of Us, Âme – DJ Set, Keith Kemp
Venue: The Detroit Masonic Temple Fountain Ballroom ꟾ 18+, $25, Tix Link
Address: 500 Temple St., Detroit, MI 48201
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Officially closing out the festival will be Tale of Us with a DJ set from Âme. While both are playing the festival, they have been chosen to headline one of Detroit’s last parties of the weekend. So for those who missed their sets at Movement will have a chance to catch them both before they leave this Midwestern techno oasis. A fitting departure as Tale of Us and Âme are seen as two of the best storytellers in recent years and their large following is only a testament to that.



Monday, May 30th

Talent: Truncate, Joey Anderson, FaltyDL, Phon.O, Axkan (live), Dani Lehman, Ajhenda, Paul Fleetwood, Steofan, R. Gamble, Aaron Davis &Tahl K
Venue: The Works ꟾ 21+, $30Tix Link
Address: 1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48228
Event RSVP: Facebook

LA-based promoters Dirty Epic are known for throwing some of the best techno parties across the country bringing in the industry-respected talent from across the globe. Their Movement after party this year is no different with a long list of some of the leaders of the techno underground scene. Headlining this strong cast will be 50 Weapons’ own Truncate, rising star Joey Anderson, FaltyDL, and Germany’s PHON.O. If your opinion of a good time is listening to heart-stomping, pulsating techno, look no further than Anthology. Dirty Epic seldom lets you down.

(All lineup/flyer images courtesy Movement’s official after party website)