Movement Detroit has cancelled its annual Memorial Day weekend festival this year.

After postponing 2020’s Memorial Day weekender back in March 2020 due to growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, and re-scheduling as an online event in September, Movement Detroit has announced that the 2021 weekender will be unable to take place.

In a statement on the event’s website, addressed to the Movement family, organisers said: “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.

“We appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate our way through these challenging times and difficult decisions. Our team is working hard to provide updates about future dates and ticketing options. We will be in touch next month with more information. 

“Big thanks to those who have held onto their tickets, your unwavering support will not go unnoticed. We promise that we will always look out for your safety and will work to bring you the greatest experience possible when we can all gather again in Techno City. 

“In the meantime, we urge everyone to please stay safe, follow the health guidelines and respect one another.”

Read the full statement via the Movement Detroit website here.

Last week, Detroit legends Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite and Marcellus Pittman released a 3 Chairs retrospective compilation.

In October last year, a new Detroit photo exhibition =opened at the Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery, celebrating 20 years of Movement Festival. ‘2000/2020: Celebrating 20 Years Of the Electronic Music Festival In Detroit’ is curated by Rita Sayegh and Tim Price, and charts the history of the foremost dance event in the city that created techno. The exhibition includes professional images and fan shots of the Hart Plaza Memorial Day weekender back to the first edition in 2000. 

On the eve of the 15th anniversary of J Dilla’s death, BBE released a special edition of his debut album, ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’ pressed over 12 discs. In a recent DJ Mag feature, we run an excerpt from the book that lands with the release where some of the album’s key contributors discuss album track, ‘B.B.E.’, where Dilla distilled the sound of Kraftwerk and Detroit techno into a cut of tech noir.