Metallica Announce (Surprisingly Indie-Centric) Orion Fest With Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Gary Clark Jr.

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After decades spent headlining the biggest festivals around the world, Metallica will finally be headlining one that they can call their own. On June 23, the band will launch a two-day music and arts extravaganza at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ.

Named Orion Music + More, the festival will contain multiple music stages for at least 22 bands and a myriad array of events that the band has termed "lifestyle elements" relating to each member's particular interests. Tickets for the event, which is being put on in conjunction with promoters C3 Presents, go on sale this Saturday Feb. 11 for $150 for a 2-day pass.

Metallica will headline both nights of the fest, playing the Black Album in its entirety one night and Ride The Lightning all the way through the other. The rest of the eclectic, indie-rock-leaning lineup announced today ranges from indie rockers like Arctic Monkeys and Best Coast to blues-rocker Gary Clark, Jr. and psychedelic pioneer Roky Erickson, as well as fellow metal bands Avenged Sevenfold. How those artists will go over with dyed-in-the-wool Metallica fans should be one of many interesting aspects of the shows ...

A full list of the 16 bands announced is below.

"We've had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years," said drummer Lars Ulrich in a press release. "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... to a festival setting is so exciting we can hardly contain ourselves."

Bands Announced for Orion Music + More
Arctic Monkeys
Avenged Sevenfold
Modest Mouse
The Gaslight Anthem
Cage The Elephant
Fucked Up
Best Coast
Hot Snakes
Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark, Jr.
Roky Erickson
The Black Angels
The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers


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