As we prepared to make the relatively short walk over to the festival site at Hart Plaza, the weather began to clear. The sun came out and subtly reassured us that we were in for not only a gorgeous day, but a beautiful weekend. As a quick aside, despite what you’ve heard about Detroit, we found that the downtown area of the city is actually a really nice area filled with really friendly people. We arrived at Hart Plaza, which sits on the waterfront of the Detroit River across from Windsor, Ontario. around 2 o’clock. The first thing we noticed as we approached the gate,s was Detroit's monument to Joe Louis "Fist of A Champion" punching the air in the direction of Hart Plaza. We got our bracelets and passed through the gates to find a giant fountain sitting in the heart of Hart. After looking like overwhelmed, lost, first time DEMFers for a couple of minutes, we located the main stage just as Mark Farina hit the decks. To give you a little idea of the festival grounds, there were five stages total; The bowl shaped amphitheater that was the Main Stage, the Underground Stage, the Redbull Music Academy Stage by the water, the Made in Detroit stage by the entrance, and the Beatport stage towards the rear of Hart Plaza. The GM Renaissance Center, a group of seven interconnected skyscrapers overlooked the festival grounds.
After The Jump
|Photo courtesy of Lodovico Oldani|
|Greg Wilson (left) and Mark Farina (right)|
Up next on the main stage was a DPC favorite, Todd Terje. This was definitely one of the sets I was looking forward to all weekend. He certainly didn’t disappoint. He played a set full of Balearic beats, Caribbean disco, and some cosmic spacey house, all in his socks no less. We even got Norse-bombed by the Inspector himself. After catching a bit of Derrick Carter, I wandered over to the Made in Detroit stage to meet some friends. I was about to experience the first of several points of the weekend when I was absolutely floored by music that I was not very familiar with. This flooring was delivered by a b2b set from Kyle Hall and Jay Daniel. These two young DJs delivered an energy filled set full of Detroit techno. After catching some of Seth Troxler and Guy Gerber’s b2b set, we headed back to our room to prep for DEMF phase 2: the after parties.
|Derrick Carter at Movement 2012 (Photo courtesy of Lodovico Oldani)|