Paxahau, the producers of Detroit’s longstanding underground electronic music festival Movement, have announced a partnership with streaming platform Twitch.
Beginning Wednesday (Sept. 16) the Paxahau.TV channel will stream exclusive weekly programming, along with four forthcoming Movement-themed virtual festivals.
This first virtual festival, Movement Selects Vol. 1, happens Sept. 25-26 with performances from techno pioneers Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlkes and Kevin Saunderson, the latter of whom will perform as Inner City. Ellum Audio, Maceo Plex and more will also stream sets. Dates and lineups for the three remaining events will be announced in the coming weeks.
With this announcement, Paxahau joins a growing list of festival produces who are bringing their events online during the pandemic. Insomniac, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza and more have all hosted virtual festivals in lieu of live events this season.
“The Twitch community brings a unique energy to live streaming that we didn’t find anywhere else,” Paxahau president Jason Huvaere says in a statement. “We’re excited for the opportunity to work with the Twitch team and give the Twitch community of 17.5 million average daily visitors a chance to experience what makes Movement and Detroit dance music culture so special.”
Beyond the four festivals, Paxahau will also air various streams and podcast shows including Remote, which will include DJ sets and performances streaming from unique locations; Paxahau HQ, which will stream immersive DJ sets and performances from Paxahau’s Detroit headquarters; and Paxachat, a variety video podcast show featuring live discussions, studio sessions, panels and more.
Assuming live events will be back next year, the 2021 IRL Movement festival is set to host a lineup including Anna, Goldie b2b LTJ Bukem, Richie Hawtin, Testpilot, MK, Tokimonsta and more in Detroit over Memorial Day weekend.