Metallica and Beck are among the acts playing during the Experience Music Project's first weekend...

Metallica, Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, JAMES BROWN, EMINEM, DR DRE, SNOOP DOGG and PATTI SMITH are amongst a host of artists scheduled to perform during the opening weekend of Seattle’s new music museum – EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT – between June 23-25.

No Doubt, Alanis Morissette, the Eurythmics, Filter, Screaming Trees and Built to Spill will also feature on the bill. Up to 30,000 music lovers are expected to attend over the three days.

The museum is the brainchild of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and conceived initially as a shrine to his hero and Seattle native Jimi Hendrix. It will hold the world’s largest collection of Hendrix memorabilia, including guitars, stage outfits, lyrics and rare recordings.


However, it has extended it’s remit to include a look at the grunge scene which grew out of Seattle with an entire exhibit area called ‘Northwest Passage’. It will feature handwritten lyrics by Kurt Cobain and a wide range of other memorabilia donated by Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and the Sub Pop label.

In total 12,000 exhibits will be housed in the museum.