Your Guide to Movement Detroit 2015 Afterparties
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Your Guide to Movement Detroit 2015 Afterparties

It probably isn’t humanly possible to make it to every event, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying.

In less than two weeks, tens of thousands of rabid dance music fans will descend on Hart Plaza in Detroit for Movement Electronic Music Festival, once again turning the city into the Mecca of Techno.

The three-day event, which takes place May 23 to 25, will bring 141 performers ranging from veterans like Richie Hawtin and Kevin Saunderson to festival newcomers Disclosure and Dog Blood. Hell, even Snoop Dogg is making an appearance, closing out the main stage as DJ Snoopadelic on day three (we're still scratching our heads on that one). While the event's lineup and six diverse stages are undeniably impressive, veterans of the festival all know that the party doesn't stop at midnight.


The entire Memorial Day weekend is packed with a boatload of afterparties, some featuring artists who aren't even performing at the main festival. From THUMP's back-to-back-to-back afterparties at the Leland City Club to the Masonic Temple Fountain Ballroom, here is our guide to ten incredible Movement parties. It probably isn't humanly possible it to make to every event, but that shouldn't stop you from trying.

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Who: Dixon, Ame (DJ Set), Henrik Schwarz (live), Mano le Tough, Recondite (live), DJ Tennis, The Drifter
What: Innervisions: Motor City Madness After Party Night One at City Club
When: Saturday, May 23 - 10 PM to 6 AM
Where: Leland City Club – 400 Bagley St.
Why: Really? Have you looked at that lineup? The official day one afterparty is at one of the most interesting venues in the city, and it has a lineup worth of its own one-day festival.
Tickets: Sold out

Who: Disclosure (DJ Set), Kevin Saunderson b2b Dantiez Saunderson, and Gene Farris
What: Movement & KMS Records Presents a Night with Disclosure & Kevin Saunderson
When: Saturday, May 23 - 11 PM to 4 AM
Where: Masonic Temple Fountain Ballroom - 500 Temple St.
Why: Disclosure at Movement Detroit for the first time ever, plus the father-son duo on the decks at the same time. The grooves are going to be irresistible on this one.
Tickets: $31.84


Who: Alexander Robotnick, Catz 'N Dogz, Dan Bain, Eddie Fowlkes, Mathew Jonson (live), Metro Area, Navid Izadi, Newcleus (live), Recloose, Scott Grooves, Soul Clap, Stacey Pullen, Tanner Ross, Terrence Parker, Thugfucker
What: Soul Clap's House of Efunk
When: Saturday, May 23 - 11 PM to 12 PM
Where: TV Lounge - 2548 Grand River Ave
Why: Ever been to a 13-hour party? Well now's your chance. Fifteen performers dropping the funkiest deep house, retro techno, and Detroit dance music. The tagline says it best, "Free Your Mind, Your Ass Will Follow!"
Tickets: $33.75

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Who: Boys Noize, Skrillex, Danny Brown, Destructo, SCNTST, Pilo, and Escor Crist
What: Boys Noize Records 10th Anniversary
When: Sunday, May 24 – 10 PM to 5 AM
Where: Masonic Temple Fountain Ballroom - 500 Temple St.
Why: Skrillex and Boys Noize are in the building! Throw in hip-hop artist Danny Brown and HARD boss Destructo and you've got an anniversary party to remember.
Tickets: $31.84

Who: Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Ardalan
When: Sunday, May 24 – 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Where: The Fillmore Detroit - 2115 Woodward Ave.
Why: There's nothing quite as groovy as a Dirtybird party. The San Francisco-based label's 10th anniversary party will be an unforgettable jam.
Tickets: $53.00

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Who: Art Department, Lee Foss, Kenny Glasgow, Benoit & Sergio, Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtis, and more
What: Visionquest and No. 19 Social Experiment: Motor City Madness Afterparty Night Two presented by THUMP and Paradigm
When: Sunday, May 24 – 10 PM to 6 AM
Where: Leland City Club - 400 Bagley St.
Why: Round Two might not be quite as crazy as Saturday's smorgasbord, but it's close. This could be your last chance to ever see Art Department perform as a duo following the announcement that Kenny Glasgow is leaving the group. Don't miss it.
Tickets: $39.40

Who: Sian, Mark Houle (Live), Kenny Larkin, Justin James, Weska
What: Octopus Recordings - Official Movement After Party
When: Sunday, May 24 – 10 PM to 4 AM
Where: Bleu - 1540 Woodward Ave
Why: Spain's Sian links up with a bunch of supremely talented local DJs from Windsor, including Minus legend Marc Houle. Click here for a preview of what can expect when he and Justin James hit the decks.
Tickets: $23.40

Who: Seth Troxler, Move D (DJ set), DJ Tennis, Doc Martin, Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts (live), Tom Trago, Eddie C, Rick Wade, Ataxia, Dax Lee, Mr. Joshooa, Sevron, Navbox, Andrew Vogt
What: OK, Cool
When: Sunday, May 24 – 9 PM to 10 AM
Where: TV Lounge - 2548 Grand River Avenue
Why: If Troxler's not busy calling out Steve Aoki or ranking the best psychedelics, he's bringing his brew of Detroit music to the world. Hauling in Move D, DJ Tennis, Tom Trago, and friends, Troxler will continue the Movement shenanigans at TV Lounge on Sunday.
Tickets: $30.00


Who: Damian Lazarus, DJ Three, Francesca Lombardo, Mathew Jonson, Ataxia, Skream and Thugfucker
What: Rebel Rave, The Crosstown Rebels label afterparty presented by THUMP and Paradigm
When: Monday, May 25 — 10 AM to 6 AM
Where: Leland City Club - 400 Bagley St.
Why: Between the latter Richie Hawtin/Loco Dice close-out party and our very own Crosstown Rebels label shindig, it's a close race. But here is where that desire to be in two places at once comes into play. We have faith in you.
Tickets: $40.00

Who: Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Guti (live)
What: Official Movement Closing Party
When: Monday, May 25 – 11 PM to ???
Where: Masonic Temple Fountain Ballroom - 500 Temple St.
Why: It's the official closing party, featuring Richie Hawtin—if you need any more reasons that that, you might be at the wrong festival.
Tickets: $26.69

Special Mention:

Who: Groove Right, Steve Marto B2B Anything Else, Special Guest: Justin James
What: So Dark It's Lite
When: Friday, May 22 - 10 PM
Where: The Coach & Horses 156 - Chatham St. W, Windsor, Ontario
Why: Looking for a little pre-festival fun before the madness begins? Right across the Canadian border is the second installment of the event series that goes "until the Dark turns into Lite." From local Windsor backbones Groove Right, to Toronto's ALL BLAK label boss Steve Marto, the clearly Canadian theme might give hint to the 'special guest' (Justin James).
Tickets: $5.00