Carl Craig, the artistic director of the upcoming Detroit Electronic Music Festival, has been asked to step down, but will remain on the job through May 30, two days after the festival ends. Carol Marvin, president of the festival’s producer, Pop Culture Media, told the Detroit Free Press that Craig failed to get signed contracts from 18 of the 73 performers playing this year. Craig, who received a faxed dismissal on May 10, has countered with a lawsuit against Marvin and Pop Culture.
Marvin has said the decision to terminate Craig’s contract followed talks with city officials and other Detroit techno musicians. “I’m confident the decision we’ve come to is for the benefit of all,” she said.
Craig said the firing was meant to undermine his role in creating the festival. “Marvin acted recklessly, damaging the integrity of the DEMF and my own reputation by acting with only two weeks left before the festival,” he said.
The free festival is scheduled to go on as planned May 26-28, featuring performances from Derrick May, Tortoise, LTJ Bukem, Kid Koala, and Autechre, among others. Last year’s debut event drew more than a million people to Detroit’s Hart Plaza. For more information on the festival, visit its official Web site.
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