Derrick May isn’t appearing at Shelter’s 30th birthday party, says their promoter – so why does he refuse to speak to this blog, then?

Back on August 9th, the mystery of whether Derrick May was playing at New York City’ Club Shelter’s 30th birthday party was solved. Despite his name being removed, he was secretly still on the lineup. But Shelter failed to explain themselves at any point.

Curiously, Club Shelter’s Robbi Walcott didn’t have time to respond to my emails on the subject. But he did speak to a few other people who sent them enquiries – Amateur’s House has been sent screenshots confirming this. Each one simply reads “He’s not playing”, along with one or two pleasantries.

His statement, if it can even be called that, is so meaningless that he might as well have kept his mouth shut. It does not explain why Derrick May’s name appeared on the first flyer, but had disappeared when the second flyer was published. It doesn’t say when May’s name was removed, nor the reasons for this decision.

It doesn’t deny my story that Derrick May himself advised them to remove his name from the flyer. But far more shameful than any of that is to show any sympathy whatsoever for May’s victims. Then again, reflection and contrition are qualities in dangerously low supply in the dance music world, aren’t they?

If May appears now, they appear indifferent to the plight of his victims. If he doesn’t, they’re going to look extremely foolish. Some people are best left alone…