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Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2011: Facts, Transportation, Who To See, Where To Stay


Fact and Figures

- DEMF is the top techno and tech-house festival in the US.
- The main festival lineup can be found here.
- There will be lots of after parties with some of the biggest techno and tech house djs. We will list all after parties on the DEMF festival page.
- This is the 12th year. It has previously been called Fuse-In and, since 2006, has been produced and organized by Paxahau.
- Last year a reported 95,000 attended the festival.
- Probably the best reason there is to visit Detroit :)
- Average high is 76 degrees and average low is 55 degrees in Detroit during Memorial Day Weekend.
- The main airport is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne (DTW) County Airport and it is a hub for Delta. It is approximately 14 miles from downtown Detroit.
- There is Airport bus that will take you to downtown Detroit. The fare is $2. Look here for more info.
- Taxi will cost you about $43 from the Airport to downtown Detroit.
- There is also a smaller airport “Detroit City Airport.”

Where To Stay

If you are coming to Detroit for Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF), you definitely want to stay close to the festival. Here are five good hotel options to consider:

The Detroit Marriott

The location of the Marriott is right next to Hart Plaza, which is where the festival takes place. The hotel itself is an iconic building and sits right next to the river. link

Courtyard Detroit Downtown

This Courtyard hotel, which is part of the Marriott chain of hotels, is also located right next to Hart Plaza. It might not be up to par with the Detroit Marriott but it is still a nice hotel. link

The Leland

For the festival-goer on a budget, The Leland is a great choice and is walking distance to Hart Plaza. link

Holiday In Express

Holiday Inn Express is located just up the street from Hart Plaza. For DEMF visitors looking for a standard budget hotel, this is also a solid option. link

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

The Westin is one of the top hotels in Detroit. This is for the festival traveler who really want to splurge. link

Who To See

Although it is really hard to choose specific acts to see from the amazing lineup of artists, I have managed to pick out five that you shouldn’t miss:
1. Fatboy Slim - A pioneer in electronic music and one of the first dance acts that I got into:

2. BeardyMan - Human beatbox champion who rarely comes to the US.

3. Sven Vath - Papa Sven throws the top weekly techno party in Ibiza - Cocoon. He has not played in the US since 2007 so here is your chance to see him.

4. Paul Kalkbrenner - Big live act with lots of video and effects.

5. Little Dragon - Swedish electronic/indie act that should provide a interesting change from the other acts.

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  1. KO PhotoVogue says:

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  1. [...] Detroit is the true birthplace of Techno music so it’s only fitting DEMF has a Techno heavy line-up during the festival and the after parties. There will be some other talent if you like other genres of EDM but be prepared for 3 days of all things Techno and that’s what makes DEMF so unique. The festival itself is held at the Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit and the various afterparties are also held at different locations downtown so it’s easy to get to any of your destinations as everything is in such a concentrated area. We at FestivalZoo have put together some fun facts on Detroit including where to stay and even who you might want to make sure you see…you can read this information HERE. [...]

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