Metallica has announced the Orion Music + More Festival, a two-day event full of music, entertainment and culture named in part as a tribute to bass legend Cliff Burton. (“Orion” was the instrumental hit penned by Burton featured on the group’s Master of Puppets album.)
The band itself will be headlining each night’s festivities with performances of their classic albums in their entirety – their self-titled “Black” album on June 23rd and Ride the Lightning on the 24th.
“We’ve had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explained. “Finally this year, all the practical ducks lined up in a row, and we are beyond psyched to bring Orion to our fans, friends and the curious.”
The band, which is anchored by bassist Robert Trujillo, will decidedly be one of the heavier of the bands for the weekend as promoters put an emphasis on diversity. Other groups slated for the festival include The Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage the Elephant and others.
The Orion Music + More Festival will be held June 23rd and 24th at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Early Bird general admission weekend passes are $150, while VIP access tickets will go for $750. The VIP passes include “exclusive access to the Orion VIP Lounge… non-stop beverages & catering, & other special amenities.” For more, check out the festival’s website.