DEMF Postponed Until 2015
by Mikey Lavery
This year's July 4th celebrations in Detroit are set to a little quieter than expected, as the organizers of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival sent out a statement announcing this year's party will not go ahead as planned.
It was only five months ago that the event, seen as a "reboot" of the original Detroit Electronic Music Festival, was billed to be one of the biggest techno parties to be seen in Detroit in recent years. However, citing a mixture of problems with construction plans on the event site and the time it's taking to develop certain aspects of the festival, the DEMF production team announced it's postponement until 2015, promising to return as "one of the most spectacular electronic music experiences ever created."
The Detroit Electronic Music Festival held it's first ever party back in 2000 and hosted it as a free event. As the years progressed, it found itself at the center of various controversies, including serious financial losses and was at risk of ending until some of Detroit's pioneering techno DJs, such as Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, stepped up and saved the event and at the same time, secured it's future. Continuing to run under various guises and keeping the city known for where techno was born firmly on the map, it wasn't until 2006, when it became known as Movement Festival, that techno and house lovers across the world would descend on the city of Detroit every Memorial Day Weekend for one of the biggest, and most popular events, on the clubbing calendar.
Last year, the original DEMF management team announced plans for the return of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival as a free-admission event at Campus Martius Park, hoping to bring back the magic of the original parties. As yesterday's news confirmed, that wasn't to be.
Everyone who has purchased a ticket has been offered a full refund or a ticket to the Federation of Electronic Music Technology (FEMT), a concurrent conference and music showcase at Ford Field the day before (July 3rd).
Movement is still set to go ahead as planned on Memorial Day Weekend.
Read the full statement below:
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