Metallica announce The Orion Music & More Festival

Metallica today announced the creation of their own Orion Music & More Festival.

The first festival will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA on 23rd/24th June – the event will feature headlining sets from the band each evening, during which they will perform two of their most enduring albums in their entirety: their 1991 eponymous fifth release (“The Black Album”) one night and 1984’s Ride the Lightning the other.

The initial line-up with Metallica has been confirmed as:

Arctic Monkeys, Fucked Up, Avenged Sevenfold, Roky Erickson, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy, with more to be confirmed over the next few weeks.

Lars Ulrich said of the announcement ‘We’ve had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years,’… ‘Finally this year all the practical ducks lined up in a row, and we are beyond psyched to bring Orion to our fans, friends and the curious. After the most incredible of weeks ever in December 2011 celebrating our 30th anniversary at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, bringing the spirit of that week, the looseness of that week, the possibilities of that week, the fan interactive elements of that week, and the (fill in your own blank here) of that week to a festival setting is so exciting we can hardly contain ourselves.

Watch the entire press conference – well maybe not; its 23 minutes long!!

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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