After the postponement of gatherings like Ultra Music Festival, Glastonbury and Awakenings Festival, Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival is following suit. COVID-19 prevented the 20-year-running techno/house mecca from taking place in 2020, and it will not go on in May 2021 either.
Movement’s organizers at Paxahau broke the news to attendee hopefuls in a statement on Wednesday. “We have been looking forward to reuniting with you all on Memorial Day Weekend,” it reads, “but the ongoing pandemic and state regulations have led us to the painful realization that Movement Festival will not happen in May 2021.”
“We appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate our way through these challenging times and difficult decisions,” it continues. “Our team is working hard to provide updates about future dates and ticketing options. We will be in touch next month with more information.”
We have been looking forward to reuniting with all of you on Memorial Day weekend, but the ongoing pandemic and state regulations have led us to the painful realization that our beloved Movement Festival will not happen in May 2021. Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/ec4TUrRVfg
— Movement Detroit (@MovementDetroit) February 17, 2021
Movement Electronic Music Festival was originally branded as Detroit Electronic Music Festival when it debuted in 2000, and it was briefly called Focus Detroit Electronic Music Festival following a 2001 sponsorship with Ford Motor Company. Since Paxahau took over in 2006, it has been called some variation of “Movement.”
As the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic called for emergency restrictions in spring 2020, Paxahau had postponed Movement to September 2020. As the crisis raged on, they once again pushed the festival back to the now called-off dates of May 29th-31st, 2021.
The statement emphasized that Movement’s organizers fully intend to bring the festival back as soon as possible. “In the meantime, we urge everyone to please stay safe, follow the health guidelines and respect one another,” it closed out.