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Movement Announces Twitch Partnership & Virtual Fest With Kevin Saunderson's Inner City, Maceo Plex & More
Detroit's Movement Music Festival and Paxahau, the independent producer of the fest, announced an exclusive partnership with video streaming giant Twitch. Paxahau.TV will be home to their new weekly programming, as well as four virtual festivals dubbed Movement Selects.
Movement Selects Vol. 1 will feature Detroit techno forefathers Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlkes and Kevin Saunderson's Inner City, as well as Texas-born dark house heavyweight Maceo Plex, rising Palestinian techno queen Sama' Abdulhadi and more. It will take place between 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m ET Sept. 25 and 26. Details for the following three events will be announced soon.
The weekly Panxahau Twitch content will include DJs set and podcast shows, including "Remote," featuring DJ sets and performances by artists and collectives from Detroit and beyond, "streaming from unique locations and spaces." "Paxahau HQ" will serve up "visually immersive DJ sets and performances" from their headquarters and "Paxachat" will be a variety show consisting of conversations, panels, studio sessions and more.
"The Twitch community brings a unique energy to live streaming that we didn't find anywhere else," Paxahau president Jason Huvaere said in a statement. "We're excited for the opportunity to work with the Twitch team and give [their] community of 17.5 million average daily visitors a chance to experience what makes Movement and Detroit dance music culture so special."
The world-renowned electronic music festival co-founded by Detroit techno legend Carl Craig—in the city where techno was born—has brought major DJ/producers to Hart Plaza every Memorial Day Weekend since 2000, except this year, of course. In its place, Craig and many other big-name Movement regulars brought the energy in a free virtual stream that fundraised for MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Detroit-based events company Panaxau has produced the kinetic event since 2006. Because of COVID-19, the 20th edition was originally rescheduled to the weekend Sept. 11, and now will (hopefully) be taking place May 29-31, 2021.
Follow Paxahau on Twitch for their latest schedule updates.