Independence day weekend is transforming Detroit back into America’s music capital with two festival offerings scheduled to coincide on July 4th through 6th and one of them is free. That’s right – FREE.
The resurrection of Detroit Electronic Music Festival (D.E.M.F) has it gripping to its roots under the festival’s original visionary Carol Marvin’s guidance, stating ““I wanted to preserve the DEMF as a free global dance party,” Marvin said. “I wanted to always keep the integrity of that brand as that beautiful gift.”
Marvin produced the festival from 2000-2002 and plans to cover the cost of her no-barrier-to-entry city-wide event vision with the formation of a second festival: the Federation of Electronic Music Technology (FEMT). More than 50 artists will hold “special presentations” at the new co-festival and revealed so far on the roster are Detroit legends Juan Atkins and the début of his live-act Cybotron project as well as feature performances by the enigmatic techno group the Underground Resistance.
Paxahau, the promoter’s behind the Memorial Day weekend festival Movement, welcome the return of their brethren and are themselves busy scheduling their Memorial Day weekend festival held in Hart Plaza.
Tickets go on sale this Friday for FEMT,with prices for a 3 day general admission running $250 at pre-sale and $1,200 for VIP.