Orion Festival

You’d think that when a band called Metallica books itself a weekend-long music festival, most of the bands on the bill would be metal. You’d be wrong. As Rolling Stone reports, the thrash overlords will headline and curate their very own Orion Music + More Festival, which comes to Atlantic City, New Jersey 6/23-24. And the lineup, weirdly enough, skews very heavily toward indie rock: Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Best Coast, Fucked Up, the Gaslight Anthem, Titus Andronicus, Hot Snakes, Roky Erickson, the Black Angels, a Place To Bury Strangers, Lucero, Cage The Elephant, Gary Clark Jr. The only metallic things on the lineup are stoner-thud revivalists the Sword, arted-up fight-starters Liturgy, and true outliers Avenged Sevenfold.

Also, Metallica will play both their self-titled Black Album and their stone classic Ride The Lightning all the way through, which is fucking awesome. And as indie-festival lineups go, this one is strong. Still: What? There are still more bands to be announced, which just makes me wonder what King Diamond’s plans for the weekend are. Metallica also promise comedians (Brian Posehn?) and “a lifestyle element showcasing the band’s individual interests — and allowing fans to interact directly with each of the band members.” So: Napster protests? Drag racing? AA meetings? Massive thousands-strong group-therapy sessions? Consider us intrigued!

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  1. Best Coat! Oh boy!

  2. I heard they’re doing a secret show at the HOB AC the night before where they will play Load AND Re-Load in their entirety. Stoked!

  3. Fucked Up, Modest Mouse, and the Black Angels, that sound really awesome, although completely unexpected.

  4. minus the headliner this actually looks pretty good

  5. As long as there’s no urge to play Lulu in its entirety, I’m game.

  6. Lu…cero? o_Ö

  7. I love that Fucked Up, Hot Snakes and Liturgy are playing, but — and I don’t mean to be cynical and I’m merely taking into account Metallica’s tendency in recent years to put their wallets first — I kind of get the feeling they went with an indie-leaning lineup because they know it’ll sell tickets at a faster rate than if they booked a bunch of metal bands and kept catering toward a mainstream metal audience who are probably looking at this saying, “Damn, Avenged Sevenfold is playing!… but who are the rest of these people?!”

    • I get what you’re saying, but I don’t agree.

      First; The Big Four. They just gave metal fans what they wanted in that regard. What other metal bands could they play with at a festival that would be better? Also, there are actually quite a few metal tours/festivals each year with large bills already.

      Second; Garage Days, Garage Inc., etc. Metallica has always had diverse tastes in music

      Next; the recent anniversary shows, which really did have a “festival in a box” feel. They were real loose and fun.

      Last; if Loutallica proved anything it’s that Metallica still does whatever the hell they want, without explaining or apologizing.

      The only weird thing about the lineup for me so far is just how different Metallica and the other “metal” bands are from the rest of the bill. Should make for an interesting crowd, many of whom will leave before Metallica’s headlining sets, anyway.

      • Michael_  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2012 0

        Believe me, I’m not complaining. I guess it’s surprisingly refreshing to see them branch out with a “different” audience in mind.

  8. give me cymbals eat guitars and jerseyfest will be complete

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