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Metallica to headline Orion + More festival in Atlantic City in June

Was Dave Matthews a little too soft for you, Atlantic City? Last summer, the jazzy jam band kingpin brought his Caravan festival to Bader Field. This year, on the same June weekend, the music will be considerably more, shall we say, aggressive, when Metallica headlines a two-day festival at the same decommissioned airport turned rock venue.

Metallica to headline Orion + More festival in Atlantic City in June

Was Dave Matthews a little too soft for you, Atlantic City? Last summer, the jazzy jam band kingpin brought his Caravan festival to Bader Field. This year, on the same June weekend, the music will be considerably more, shall we say, aggressive, when Metallica headlines a two-day festival at the same decommissioned airport-turned-rock venue.

The line-up is a good one, and impressively varied. Besides Metallica, who will headline both June 23 and June 24, the other acts on the bill include Arctic Monkeys, F---ed Up, Modest Mouse, Titus Andronicus, Lucero, Gary Clark Jr., Roky Erickson, Cage The Elephant, A Place To Bury Strangers, Best Coast, Liturgy and more.

Metallica will do 1984's Ride The Lightning in its entirety one night and 1991's Metallica (known as "The Black Album") the other. "There’s a lot of f— off space,” drummer Lars Ulrich was quoted as saying in Loudwire. “I believe it is an abandoned airport.” Guitarist James Hetfield said, “We wanted the biggest space possible because we don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the day.”

Weekend passes are going for $125, and go on sale February 11. More Orion + More info here. Below, go ahead and "Ride The Lightning."

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