Movement 2020 will no longer take place on Memorial Day Weekend. Instead, the event is rescheduled for September 11-13. This is largely due to the developing COVID-19 situation and restrictions. After communications with State and City officials, the festival organizers of Movement Electronic Music Festival decided to reschedule Movement 2020.
Movement festival organizers released a statement about the rescheduling. They stated the following:
While it’s hard to accept that we won’t be dancing together this Memorial Day weekend, our amazing team and city partners have worked tirelessly together to create a new opportunity for all of us. Postponing was certainly not an easy decision but it is the responsible decision. We are receiving commitments from production teams and performing artists for the new dates and have been working around the clock to share some positive news we can all look forward to.
Movement 2020 is now scheduled to take place on September 11, 12 and 13.
People who purchased tickets can exchange them for tickets for the September dates or for the 2021 festival. If those dates don’t work, the tickets may be refunded. However, the festival organizers pleaded with ticket holders to retain their festival tickets for one of the alternative show dates.
Movement festival organizers made the following statement:
As you weigh these options, please consider that we are an independent organization and this is a challenging time for us as well. Your financial investment literally creates this event. Our valued sponsors and partners help offset the cost, but the event is primarily funded by the tickets you purchase. If you are able, we ask that you keep your support with Movement as we work to create an even more special experience in September.
All current ticket holders will be notified by Friday, March 27 regarding their ticket options. Payment Plan subscribers who missed or who are going to miss a payment will have the option to reinstate their payment plans at a later date.
Movement festival organizers stated that they anticipate shifting the focus of their messaging and commitment to helping the Detroit community, due to the unprecedented times. They stated that the safety of their guests and festival organizers was their top priority.
At the time of writing this article, the state of Michigan had 334 recorded cases of Coronavirus and 3 COVID-19 related deaths. The majority of those cases were in metro Detroit. Recently, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had ordered many gathering places to close. These include all restaurants, bars, movie theaters, casinos, performance venues, and fitness centers closed through the end of March. The CDC recommends avoiding gatherings of greater than 10 people.
Movement is the largest Techno festival in Detroit. It takes place every year in Heart Plaza. Paxahau put on the festival annually since 2006. Paxahau was first established in the 1990s. Originally, the company was an underground party promoter and online resource, showcasing Detroit’s electronic music culture. During Movement, there are typically 5 stages at the festival. These are the Movement Stage, Red Bull Stage, Pyramid Stage, Underground Stage and the Stargate Stage. The techno fest typically draws three-day audiences of about 100,000 at Hart Plaza. Movement weekend also typically includes an array of afterparties and other events in addition to the main heart plaza event.