Arctic Monkeys, Best Coast, Gaslight Anthem to play Metallica’s Orion festival

Metal titans are putting on their own festival in New Jersey this June

Metallica have announced that they will be putting on their own festival this summer and that Arctic Monkeys, The Gaslight Anthem and Best Coast are among the bands who they’ve booked to play the event.

The event, which is titled the Orion Music + More festival, will take place on June 23 and 24 in Bader Field, which is near Atlantic City in New Jersey.

Metallica will headline both nights, with Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy also booked to play the event.

The metal titans will play their 1991 self-titled album, widely known as ‘The Black Album’, in its entirety for one of the headline shows and their 1984 LP ‘Ride The Lightning’ from start to finish for the other.

You can watch the band launching the festival with a press conference by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

The event has been put on with the help of the organisers of Lollapalooza. For more information about the event, visit