Reviewed: Movement Torino

Club Review

Italians are famously passionate about their techno, and so a techno festival in their Motor City of Turin is always going to be a passionate affair. Once again, it was, with the new two-day event welcoming ravers to get down to some of the biggest names in the scene. Of course, Movement Torino is the European cousin of the original Movement in Detroit, so brings with it a healthy dose of 313 legends from Jeff Mills to Octave One, as well as offering a smattering of house and plenty of talent from across Europe.

The venue for all this is the Lingotto Fiere, a truly vast building that’s like a conference centre-cum-aircraft hangar. It is divided into a couple of different arenas that range from vast to slightly more intimate. Some great production, LED screens and lights all add extra dimensions to the music which booms from huge speaker stacks that are more than sufficient to fill the place with sound.

In all, there are more than 15,000 people in attendance. Most of them are locals, but there is a mix of people from the UK, Spain and Germany, too. And they are a feisty bunch, who smile and are not afraid to get stuck in at any point. Day one for us was characterised by local man Luigi Madonna serving up visceral cuts that duck and dive through sweeping filters and swooshing synths. This was on the visually impressive techno stage, which on day two became the Detroit Stage.

Some of the biggest hitters make the biggest impression here, such as when live supremos Octave One drop their own anthem ‘Blackwater’ and get the whole place bouncing as one. It’s shivers-down-the-spine kind of stuff that sticks long in the memory. Also on the second day on the Tuesday, there is the chance to get down to some more supple and subtle sounds from the likes of Romanian minimal masters RPR Soundsystem, while Swedish first lady Sonja Moonear does a fine job of rolling out the drums and building on that warm groove with ever more flailing percussion and tribal tracks from the likes of Danny Tenaglia.

If sweating to techno gets all too much you (why are you at Movement, it’s a techno festival?!) then there are some smaller stages that offer more house leaning vibes. Lil Louis also plays a high energy blinder, smashing through Chicago cuts with real skill and energy. It is a nice alternative to the main action, but frankly, there is so much variation in the techno on offer that you can never grow tired.

Photo credits: Simone Arena / SimPol Lab