On February 7, METALLICA, in conjunction with friends C3 Presents, announced the creation of Orion Music + More, a new annual music, arts, and lifestyle festival founded and headlined by the band, a natural progression for a group which has headlined legendary festivals around the world for years. Orion Music + More will take place June 23–24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Speaking to Billboard.biz, C3 partner Charlie Walker stated about the festival’s indie-centric lineup, “I’m sure some people have a vision of what they think it is because it’s METALLICA, but I think they’ll have a different understanding of what it is after they come and see it.”
When asked if more metal-leaning acts be added to Orion Music + More, Walker said, “I think we’ll try and stick with diversity. You’ll see some more hard rock bands, you’ll see some more alternative bands. We’re certainly not consciously trying to lean it hard rock or indie — we’re trying to make it balanced.”
The METALLICA members explained that Orion was named in honor of the band’s late bassist Cliff Burton. “Orion” is also the name of the instrumental song from METALLICA‘s 1986 album “Master Of Puppets“, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest metal LPs of all time.
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.
Atlantic City was a prime location for the event because it is central to other major cities and could draw concert goers from all over the East Coast and even Canada and Europe.
Tickets are available for $150 for a 2-Day Pass, including all fees.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
CAGE THE ELEPHANT
GARY CLARK JR.
THE BLACK ANGELS
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
For more information, visit www.orionmusicandmore.com.