Just leaving this here for anyone lucky enough to be going in the future.
Motown Museum - unsurprisingly amazing. Got a proper dose of the feels when in Studio A where EVERYTHING was recorded. A new and bigger museum is due to be opening in 2025, would be very interested to see what that looks like.
Henry Ford Museum - huge. Could spend a whole day here. History of automobiles, planes and trains and more. A great to place to bring kids.
Detroit Institute of Art - def worth a visit. Got yer Van Goghs, Diego Riveras and currently exhibiting fantastic Ghanaian photographer James Barnor.
Exhibit 3000 - techno/Underground Resistance museum. Unfortunately I didn’t get to go, I emailed and filled out the form in the link but no one got to back to me. Oh well.
Record stores - I only went to two, People’s Records and Detroit Threads. Both are fucking amazing, exactly what you want in a city like Detroit. The only new stock they carry is dropped off by artists so heavy on local talent, nothing ordered from record labels or distributors. Remaining stock is all second hand at really good prices. Could spend forever and a fortune at these places. Staff were lovely too.
Detroit City Football Club - hat tip to @bgpz for this. Went to a game and it was ridiculous fun. Third tier soccer in the US so standard not great but the local supporters were giving it loads, non stop singing and flares going off. Def recommend if you have the time.
Night time bizness - didn’t get to go crazy unfortunately. Went to Marble Bar for a few hours on Friday, Luke Vibert was playing. Nice venue. Rick Whilite was playing at MotorCity Wine on Sunday, popped in for a while but had run the marathon earlier. Two big glasses of red wine and I was nearly falling asleep at the bar. I did go see John Beltran dj at a bar gig on the Saturday, went up to say hello and he was genuine lovely guy. Worth sending him a message on Instagram in advance to see where he is playing.
Other bits and bobs - Heidelberg Project, outsider art place. Worth a visit. Belle Isle Park - both the aquarium and conservatory were closed. Can imagine it would be a lovely place to visit during the summer.
And for those wondering, did the marathon in 4 hours. Considering I’m in my mid 40s and my training wasn’t great, I was bloody delighted!