Editor’s Survival Guide to Detroit for Movement Festival 2013
While it’s always fun to travel, partying in an unfamiliar city can be stressful if you haven’t done your homework. Since we’re seasoned festival-goers and have experienced the mind-blowing awesomeness that is Movement, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our survival guide for your stay in Detroit.
Places to Stay
Hostel Detroit has both twin beds and double beds – and just a few are left. Reservations can be made online. Additionally, stay posted for possible campsites in the backyard – $50/night for a 10×10 spot plus access to bathroom and kitchen facilities.
The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is located in the center of the action, adjacent to Hart Plaza. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views. For reservations, visit their website or call 800.352.0831.
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Places to Eat
Slow’s Bar BQ is a Detroit staple and you won’t have to travel very far to treat yourself. Slow’s is a food vendor at the festival so you’ll be able to grab their famous pulled pork, dry-smoked ribs, Yardbird sandwich (mustard-soaked pulled chicken), fantastic sides, and delectable desserts. Hit up the real deal in Corktown, which features a bar with 56 craft beers on tap. Store Hours: Sun.-Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Tue.-Thu.. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-Midnight.
Bucharest Grill offers its unique style of traditional Romanian, North American, and Middle Eastern cuisine for those looking to step outside the confines of ordinary bar cuisine. The Chicken Shawarma will have your taste buds in a frenzy. Store hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-Midnight.
American Coney Island is home of the original and best “Coney Dog.” Open since 1917, the distinctive taste of their specialty-seasoned hot dog, secret chili recipe, Belgian mustard and Vidalia onions on a steamed bun is pure Detroit. Open 24 hours.
For Vinyl Heads:
Detroit Threads is a vintage clothing store as well as a record store. In stock you will find an excellent selection of Techno, House, Electro, Dubstep, and many other styles of Electronic music. Open Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Submerged Records is a record label and store that carries the best selection of Detroit Techno. Usually they’re open by appointment only but they have set hours during Movement weekend. There’s also a museum dedicated to preserving the history of Detroit electronic music. The aesthetic focuses on the abstract and urban experience that is Detroit electronic music – sometimes brutal, but always soulful and fueled by funk. Stop by during the festival weekend and you have a chance of running into one of your favorite techno DJs. Open Thursday May 23-Monday May 27 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
For Fun & Learning:
Wheelhouse Detroit offers a Techno Bike Tour the Sunday and Monday of Movement Weekend. If you’re a history buff and/or a huge techno fan, you will love this tour. We did it last year and it was one of the highlights of our trip. The best part? It’s within walking distance of festival grounds! The hours are Sun. May 26 1-4 p.m. (Techno-Short Tour) and Mon. May 27 12-4 p.m. (Techno-Long Tour).
For Best Parties check out our guide to pre- and after-parties during Movement weekend.
And for Your Listening Pleasure check out the Movement Mix contest on 8tracks and get prepared for the festival with original mixes featuring artists performing at Movement!