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Mo Pop 2020 features Khalid, the 1975, moves to new Detroit location

Khalid is a headliner at this year's Mo Pop.

Young R&B phenom Khalid and throwback British rock band the 1975 will headline the 2020 edition of the Mo Pop Festival, organizers revealed.

Wednesday’s announcement includes a detail that has been awaited since last summer’s Mo Pop wrapped up at West Riverfront Park in Detroit: The festival is moving 3 miles south to historic Fort Wayne, a 19th-century military site operated by Detroit Parks and Recreation.

Mo Pop will run July 25 and 26, with a two-stage, 21-act lineup that includes rising artists such as Kaytranada, Doja Cat and Phoebe Bridgers, along with Canadian pop band Purity Ring. 

The festival, which drew 33,000 over two days last summer, has established a reputation for introducing emerging acts to big Detroit audiences. Examples include Billie Eilish (2018), James Bay (2015) and Brockhampton (2018).

General admission tickets are $79.95 (single-day) and $129.95 (weekend), and passes for a new Yacht Club VIP experience are $199.95-$289.95. The general public sale will start at 10 a.m. Monday at mopopfestival.com. Registration is available for a presale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Fort Wayne will host Mo Pop this year.

Features familiar to fans during Mo Pop’s five-year run at West Riverfront Park will be intact on the new grounds, according to producer AEG Presents: two stages of music, a food truck alley, a local crafts bazaar, vintage video games and the Shipyard, featuring selections from Detroit restaurants.

Mo Pop and other summer events have been forced out of West Riverfront Park as the 22-acre site is transformed into Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park, scheduled to open in 2020 after a $55 million makeover.

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