Today Metallica announced their music festival, Orion Music + More. Slated for June 23rd and 24th in Atlantic City, NJ, the Metallica boys hand-picked some of their favorite artists to support the band for two days. Artists announced so far include:
Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, A Place to Bury Strangers, Liturgy
Metallica is slated to headline both nights, and will play the Black Album in its entirety on one of the nights for the first time ever in the U.S. The festival will also have a lifestyle element showcasing Metallica member's individual interests, allowing fans to interact directly with each of them as well.
"We've had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years," said Lars Ulrich. "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."