It’s hard to imagine that just a few years ago there were only a handful of dedicated electronic music festivals in North America. Today there’s thankfully dozens to choose from, and Memorial Day Weekend is ripe with options from Movement in Detroit, Lightning in a Bottle in Cali, Mysteryland & EDC near NYC. The challenge now is no longer if you should go, but which one you should go to!?!
First up your list should be Movement. This is one of the longest running techno festivals in North America, and needs to be checked off your festival bucket-list at some point. The raw talent mixed with international crowds and the classic Detroit vibe is unbeatable. If you’ve not been to Movement before, they offers six stages within close proximity but each with its own atmosphere and musical vibe. As a result it’s near impossible to not find something to keep you dancing all day long.
This year Movement’s taking things to the next level with livestreams directly from the main stage to watch on RBMAradio, and offering completely artist-curated line-ups like the “Detroit Love Showcase” that Carl Craig has curated for the Made in Detroit Stage on Saturday, culminating in Robert Hood (as Floorplan) and then Mad Mike Banks performing with Carl.
If this year you don’t happen to be in Midwest for Movement and you’re looking for something a little “greener” on the west-coast, than we’d highly recommend going to check out Lightning in a Bottle!
LIB is a massive annual camping fest that’s particularly popular with the Burning Man crowd. So the beats are going to be all-night long and deep house – not like the hard techno you’re going to see in Detroit. This fest also strives hard to minimize the impact it has on the environment and encourages ride-sharing, and other eco-activities, and every year builds massive awe-inspiring stages. LIB especially specializes in curating amazing twilight moments as the sun sets and the DJs are there ready to take you from day to night.
However if camping out in a desert isn’t for you and you’re out on the east coast then we’d highly recommend Mysteryland. For only being in it’s second year the lineup is tech-house heavy and solid.
Brought to you by the legendary pros that started Tomorrowland in Belgium, Mysteryland takes their lead and brings a massive electronic music & arts festival to the old farm that housed the original legendary Woodstock. This year they’re taking the festival to the next level by bringing in the local NYC techno community to participate. Leaving party-masters like Verboten and BangOn to make Mysteryland feel even more like a proper NYC party.
Anyways these are only our top 3 picks for this weekend. There’s dozens of other festivals going on so why don’t you drop us a line in the comments on which is your fav and why. Catch you out in front of the main stage!