Hopes for a rescheduled Movement festival in September have gone by the wayside.
Festival organizers announced Thursday they’re instead moving ahead with the 2021 edition of the popular downtown Detroit event, scheduled May 29-31.
This year’s techno fest was postponed from its traditional Memorial Day weekend slot because of the coronavirus pandemic, initially rescheduled for Sept. 11-13.
“During ongoing discussions with our team and city officials, it’s become painfully obvious that this year’s Movement Festival must be rescheduled to 2021,” producers said in a statement emailed to fans. “Obviously this is not the situation that any of us had hoped for, but the health and safety of everyone involved remains our ultimate concern.”
Existing tickets will be valid for next spring’s fest, but refund information will be announced July 10. General admission and VIP passes for 2021 are on sale at movement.us.
The twice-bumped Movement will retain many of the artists booked for this year, including ANNA, Carl Craig, DJ Minx, Goldie b2b LTJ Bukem with DRS, Kash Doll, Maceo Plex, MK, Richie Hawtin, SAMA’, Seth Troxler, Testpilot and TOKiMONSTA.
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The Movement news comes a day after the Detroit Jazz Festival announced it will stage a four-day virtual event this September in lieu of the traditional in-person fest downtown.
The techno fest – which took life 20 years ago as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) – is the latest Michigan music festival to give way amid the pandemic, including Faster Horses, Electric Forest and Mo Pop.
Scores of summer and fall concerts have also been postponed or canceled.
“The live music industry is in a great Pause and we look forward to pressing Play again as soon as it is safe,” the Movement team wrote to fans Thursday. “In the meantime, we urge everyone to please follow the health guidelines and respect one another.”