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!