METALLICA Drummer Says 'Orion Music + More' Festival Will Feature 'Lots Of Cool, Heavy Stuff'

METALLICA recently announced the creation of the Orion Music + More festival, a new music, arts, and lifestyle festival founded and headlined by the band. The event will take place June 23-24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Much to the surprise of many fans, the festival will feature a diverse range of music and not focus exclusively on metal and heavy rock. Drummer Lars Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio why the band made this choice. "This whole thing is kind of based more around the classic festivals that we've been playing in Europe for the better part of the last 25, 30 years, which is really about diversity and really about kind of many, many different musical experiences," he said. "So that's kind of what we're going for. Now whether anybody buys into that or not, we'll find out, but there's gonna be lots and lots of cool, heavy stuff, trust me."

Acts like ARCTIC MONKEYS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MODEST MOUSE, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, BEST COAST, GARY CLARK JR. , LUCERO, ROKY ERICKSON, THE SWORD and others are either already on board or being confirmed in the coming weeks.

Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio that the show will feature a tent devoted to smaller, up-and-coming thrash and punk acts.

Orion Music + More will feature multiple live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects the personal interests of each member of METALLICA.

The band will headline both nights, playing 1991's self-titled "black album" in its entirety one night and 1984's "Ride The Lightning" the other. This will be the only time the band will perform these albums in North America in 2012.

For more information, visit www.orionmusicandmore.com.

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