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June 11

MIISTA FEST PART 1: MOVEMENT FESTIVAL IN DETROIT

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Here is the first part of our new feature MIISTA FEST! Friend and fellow Miista lady Kirsten Campbell hits up music festivals and concerts all over the world and she offered to and she offered to document her journeys for our blog! You can also check out what goes on with Kirsten at the Tumblr she's taken over for us miistafest.tumblr.com. Enjoy! Movement Festival in Detroit takes place on Memorial day weekend, this year from 26-28 May 2012. Detroit is a pretty fascinating place these days, and that combined with the city's musical history and the fact that Resident Advisor named this festival the top one for the month of May meant that this wasn't a party I was going to miss. Check out the festival website and full lineup here [caption id="attachment_9606" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="station"][/caption] We got there the day before the festival and did a little bit of exploring. Downtown detroit is about 80% vacant. Entire office buildings stand empty, and if you stand in the middle of the street on a weekday afternoon, it will take minutes for a lone car to pass you by. Michigan Central station was closed in 1988. Its future remains uncertain. [caption id="attachment_9607" align="aligncenter" width="768" caption="detropia"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9608" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="motor city"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9609" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="bbq"][/caption] We went to Slows BBQ to fuel up before the weekend's grueling schedule. [caption id="attachment_9610" align="aligncenter" width="768" caption="mgm grand detroit"][/caption] I have to say it... Detroit doesn't have a lot in the way of nice hotels. We managed to wangle rooms at the MGM Grand though, which have officially the Most Comfortable Beds I Have Ever Slept In. [caption id="attachment_9611" align="aligncenter" width="768" caption="playing some slots"][/caption] We also unwound by playing some girly slots. [caption id="attachment_9612" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="breakfast"][/caption] Next day, Saturday, we got our accreditation and toured the site to get our bearings. Before that though we gassed up on room service. [caption id="attachment_9613" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="brenmar"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9614" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="crowd"][/caption] Red Bull programmed a fantastic stage down by the water, with a view of Canada behind the boat. Check out Brenmar going in. This guy makes the girls dance. You can't see them in the crowd there but they are ALL dancing. [caption id="attachment_9615" align="aligncenter" width="768" caption="ladiez"][/caption] People got dressed up but these two were my faves [caption id="attachment_9616" align="aligncenter" width="768" caption="gumby"][/caption] I also got to meet gumby. Who knew!! [caption id="attachment_9617" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="beatport"][/caption] This is the view from the Beatport Stage. Such a great vibe at this stage... people were dancing the whole time to the likes of Maceoplex and Maya Jane Coles. If you have the chance to catch these artists this summer, I highly suggest you do. [caption id="attachment_9618" align="aligncenter" width="768" caption="casualty"][/caption] It started to get dark and casualties started to appear. Twilight is always a funny time at festivals. Your eyes are adjusting now that you've finally taken your sunglasses off. You've been dancing in the sun and now it's getting dark! [caption id="attachment_9619" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="SBTRKT"][/caption] Love SBTRKT [caption id="attachment_9620" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="rest"][/caption] After a hard weekend (it really is tough being me), we relax a little by the fire before heading to the Old Miami party at 8am. I have a policy about not taking photos when you haven't been to bed, so you can use your imagination on that one!
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