Ever since 2006 when Movement Festival was started as a European answer to the American Detroit Electronic Music Festival, it has continued to grow. Now, in 2014, the two day event stands on its own and offers something fantastic for all proper techno fans living in Europe. As such, this year’s event was a mother sell out event with ravers from all corners of the continent touring up for a marathon session of sumptuous electronic sound.
Set in Turin, the festival takes over a large city centre conference building as well as many other great and varied spaces around the city. The main one is akin to a massive warehouse so makes perfect sense as a space for a party with a line-up as meaty as Movement. "The mission of any Movement production is to secure the audience enjoys a quality music selection, extraordinary venues, excellent sound system & efficient services all in an environmentally friendly way,”says the pre-bestie blurb, & it’s right...
As well as the musical offerings on the weekend, in the build up to the main event there are plenty of educational offerings. Daytime lectures, workshops, forums and business networking platforms take place at various venues around the Italian city and inform people of all ages, backgrounds and interest about lots of insider tips. So too are their mid-week parties in some fantastic spaces, such as the one with techno dub Borderline that was packed to the rafters.
As we took our place on the dance floor amongst a sea of Halloween masked youths and inebriated but smiling faces, it was Skream that got us going first. His ragged selection of bass, house and disco was stadium sized, and no mistake, and the people all around us lurched and skanked to his every mix.
Elsewhere, Moodymann was controlling the whole arena with his mad as a box of frogs’ house sounds. Melodies and bass, kinky drums and whispered vocals all made the place as steamy as could be before Jeff Mills, and latterly Panorama regular Steffi, released the pressure with some well-informed techno grooves, spaced-out electro and rolling drums.
In all there are five rooms to Movement and there is always something worth seeing in each one. Carefully programmed so as not to overlap in styles too much, though, the line-up flows nicely from start to finish on both days. For us, another great set came from BPitch Control boss Ellen Allien, who weaved dark vocals with noir tech house and some freaky, spike techno. Her blonde hair whipped about behind her as she did so and the crowd truly lapped it up. Ellen also later played the after party, as did DC10 hero Davide Squillace. On Saturday 25th October there was also a fine set from Maceo Plex that saw the house star play to a delighted crowd of people, dropping plenty of his own hist and this form his label.
But for us the weekend Closing party was all about legendary deep house figure, King Street alumni and Mad Tech label boss Kerri Chandler. His full fat house sounds were just the tonic needed to pick people up after a seriously energetic two days raving and he closed the thing down in style. Here's to next year!