Ok, so not technically an afterparty. Movement begins on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, but more often than not, people kick off the partying the night before. This year, the afterparty choices have proven to be no-brainers, and Friday is no exception.
Yel 3 @ St. Andrew's Hall
What is probably the most exciting lineup on an "official" kick-off party in years, Yel 3, presented by Paxhau, promises to have something for everyone, as it nearly runs the gambit of sounds that techno has to offer.
Headlining in the main room will be the prolific Speedy J, with an unprecedented five-hour live set. If his Rotterdam-bred dark and gritty sounds aren't your bag, then head on over to the Burns "Chill Out" Room. There, Matthew Hawtin (brother to megastar Richie), will be covering the opposite end of the spectrum, with minimalist ambient soundscapes all night.
If that still doesn't hit the spot, perhaps you will find satisfaction in the warm center with the lineup in the Shelter. Consisting almost entirely of Detroit natives, this room will be a showcase for Spectral Sound (sublabel of Ann Arbor-based Ghostly), featuring the trendier house-flavored sounds of some of today's brightest young stars in the scene, such as Matthew Dear, and Seth Troxler.
If you're wondering about the name, some of you might remember the previous iteration: Yel 2, from six years past. Despite the lengthy gap, return appearances by Speedy J, Ryan Elliott, and Matthew Dear, as well as using the same venue, tie the two together.
More info & ticketing here.
Recommendations by: Reuben Sweeney.