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 2015, the multi 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 another sell out event with ravers from all corners of the continent turing up for a marathon session of sumptuous electronic sound.
Set in Turin, Movement Torino 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 Movements. “The mission of any Movement production is to secure the audience enjoys a quality music selection, extraordinary venues, excellent sound system and efficient services all in an environmentally friendly way,” says the pre-bestie blurb, and 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. The festival actually kicks off with a house master class from Kerri Chandler that really sets a fine tone.
The crowd is a mix of people from all over Europe, which adds a nice aspect to the party as you meet new fiends who all have the same passions as you. When we head to the main event, we immediately fall in love with the venue, which is a massive aircraft hanger sized place split into many different rooms. Techno dominates but there is also a house stage off to one side and so it means that without going too far you can get down Nina Kraviz, Dixon, Derrick May, David August and DJ Sneak, and they all come up trumps.
Nina was a real highlight as the Siberian techno temptress really cooked up a storm with her textural techno offerings and smattering of acid. Dixon and Henrick Schwarz also come up trumps with cool house sets that offer something different from the main events and so in all day two was a non stop ride through killer sounds from the bets in the game.
On the third night we were delighted to catch Chicago house originator Virgo Four who played plenty of their own cuts to an adoring crowd that gave a round of applause when he finished. Given all the cultural extras and the magical setting of this festival, it really is worth a trip out – it is all about techno and is a long lost relative of the DEMF, but really it has its own personality and vibe that really is unique.