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Detroit's July 4 electronic music festivals canceled

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Detroit electronic music fans have their July 4th weekend free now.

The two electronic music festivals slated for the holiday -- the free Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) in Campus Martius Park and the Federation of Electronic Music Technology (FEMT) at Ford Field -- have been canceled for 2014 according o the festivals' web site and Facebook pages. But organizers vow they will take place in 2015.

The posted statement blames this year's cancellation on "a combination of an unforeseen limitation on the festival site plan at Campus Martius Park due to the important M-1 rail construction as well as a number of exciting festival developments that require more time to ensure their proper presentation." The festivals were announced on Nov. 20 at a splashy press event and scheduled to take place July 4-6, though except for a handful of performers -- including Juan Atkins' Cybotron and Model 500 projects and Detroit's Underground Resistance -- no lineup had been announced.

Refunds will be available for those who purchased $300 FEMT tickets, which have been on sale since November. Next year's planned dates are July 3-5, and the organizers' statement said that, "We look forward to dancing with you and the rest of the planet July 4th weekend 2015 in Detroit."

The festivals were the brainchild of Carol Marvin, who launched the inaugural Detroit Electronic Music Festival (now known as Movement) in 2000. Marvin also programs events at Campus Martius Park. The Movement festival, now produced by Detroit's Paxahau organization, will be taking place as usual on Memorial Day Weekend.

Web Site: www.demf.us

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