Detroit is known for its huge impact on the automobile industry as well as for having a rich musical heritage. From jazz to blues, Motown to Eminem and The White Stripes to being the US epicentre of techno, it makes the city the perfect place to host Movement, Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival. The event will be produced by Paxahau, a company dedicated to maintaining Detroit as the electronic music hub, in addition to promoting the genre worldwide via its web station. Movement 2007 will be held at Hart Plaza in burgeoning downtown Detroit, with a line up that includes Detroit’s Model 500 featuring Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, A Guy Called Gerald from the UK, Spain’s Paco Osuna and Berlin’s Guido Schneider. Movement takes place over three days on four stages so hopefully you’ll have time to catch several of the acts on offer - as well as check out the legendary Motor City.
Pinkpop celebrates it’s 38th year of existence in 2007, and according to the Guinness Book of Records, it is the oldest annual festival in the world. The festival is held in the city of Landgraaf, near Amsterdam in the Netherlands - a country generally known for its windmills, clogs, tulips and liberal attitude. The name Pinkpop comes from the Dutch word for Pentecost, Pinksteren, as the festival is held over the Pentecost weekend at the end of May.
If you are listening to the Global Gig Guide in Europe, you should definitely try to check out the festival as the list of artists is brilliant – Amy Winehouse, Scissor Sisters, Artic Monkeys, Maximo Park, Smashing Pumpkins...the list goes on and on. The nearest airport is Maastricht – check the Pinkpop website for full line up and travel details, and send me a postcard if you go.
Lastly we head back to the US for the Sasquatch! Festival. With sweeping views of Columbia River and sunsets to die for, you can enjoy the scenery as well as the music. The festival will host the first ever Gospel Brunch, the Beastie Boys will perform an instrumental show and the entire event has been certified Carbon Neutral by the Sustainable Energy Partners. Annual favorites continue such as the Pie Eating contest, and of course there’s a stellar line up - Bjork, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Spoon, Arcade Fire and Smoosh. Actress/Comedienne Sarah Silverman will host both days of the festival. And if you spot Bigfoot, send me a photo – but ladies pictures of your unwashed blokes with beards don’t count!
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Dot To Dot Festival, in Bristol and Nottingham, UK - May 26/ 27
Featuring: New Young Pony Club, Scout Niblett, Datarock, Candie Payne
Spain’s Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Parc del Forum May 31, June 1, 2
Featuring: Smashing Pumkins, the White Stripes, Fujiya & Miyagi, Girl Talk, the Good the Bad & The Queen, Patti Smith, Hot Chip. The Fall, Wilco…
Ojai Music Festival, California June 8-10
Program includes - The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Nexus, Peter Eotovos, Bugallo-Williams
Milan’s MIAMI Festival, ‘indie music and kisses’ who can resist that?! June 8/9/10, featuring Luca De Gennaro, A Toys Orchestra, Jennifer Gentle, My Awesome Mixtape, Teatro degli Orrori.
Fusion Festival Germany, June 28 – July 1st
Line up TBD
Torino Italy Traffic, July 11-14 – FREE! feat. Daft Punk & LCD Soundsystem, Artic Monkeys, Antony & the Johnsons, Art Brut, Franco Battiato and Lou Reed plays ‘Berlin’.
Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, October 17-21– featuring Bloc Party, Gus Gus and many more
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