METALLICA Announce "Orion Music + More" Festival
- Posted by RobInjection on February 7, 2012
I guess they're not announcing their 3D movie after all. After all the hype has settled, Metallica will be headlining a two day festival in Atlantic City on June 23 & 24. It's happening at Bader Field. There will be 22 artists in addition to Metallica headlining both nights. Metallica promises to play The Black Album in full one of the nights, the first time this is happening on US soil. During the live announcement, the band also announced they would be playing Ride The Lightning in full. The range of bands is pretty interesting, in that it's not all metal bands, and yet there are some really obscure bands in the mix, all hand picked by the band. Here is the lineup:
The Gaslight Anthem
Cage The Elephant
Gary Clark Jr.
The Black Angels
A Place to Bury Strangers
Full press release:
"We've had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years," said METALLICA drummer 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, California, 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."
Orion Music + More will feature multiple live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of METALLICA's band members many personal interests. METALLICA will headline both nights of Orion Music + More and play "The Black Album" in its entirety one night "Ride The Lightning" in its entirety the other. This will be the only time the band will perform these albums in North America in 2012. The lineup for Orion Music + More will span multiple musical genres. From punk to country, over 20 bands will perform.
Regarding how the bands were selected to perform at Orion Music + More, Ulrich said, "Music, to us, is really diverse; it covers all grounds. If you took the four of ours;' iPods and scanned through those, you would find the biggest variety and diversity of music, so we're trying to bring that spirit to this festival."
He added, "A lot of the European festivals, and certainly also Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo and so on, in outside lands in America, these festivals are really about diversity and about different experiences. You go there, you go check out bands you don't know a lot about, you go check out bands where it will be the first time you'll experience them. So there's a whole big pile of stuff — from punk to thrash to country to, sort, of alternative, straight-ahead rock, blues. But it's really about diversity."
The METALLICA Met Club fan club presale starts tomorrow, February 8 at 10 a.m. (Eastern) and runs through Friday, February 10 at 10 p.m. (Eastern). Met Club members get first dibs on buying festival tickets and with a couple of options to choose from.
* A Super Special Price at $125 including all fees for a 2-Day pass OR
* The Met Club Ultra 2-Day Pass, which includes Front of Stage Viewing Area Access, Exclusive Ultra Lounge Access & More for $225 including all fees!
Tickets will go on-sale to the public on Saturday, February 11 at 10 a.m. (Eastern) for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees.
+ more TBA
Two day passes will cost $125 and the “Met Club Ultra” 2-day pass will cost $225. Met Club on-sale is February 8th at 10am est – February 10th at 10am est, public on-sale starts at February 11th at 10am est and will cost $150 for “Early Bird” and $175 for “Advanced” for the 2-day passes.