Metallica’s Orion Music Festival Moves to Detroit in 2013

Metallica celebrated its first (and surprisingly eclectic) music festival in Atlantic City this summer, and now the group has announced that there will be a second incarnation of the Orion Music + More Festival next year in Detroit.

The second version will take place June 8-9, 2013 in Motor City, and the venue, lineup and ticket information will be announced in February.

At this year’s festival, Metallica headlined both nights, and played the entirety of its 1984 effort Ride the Lightning one night and all of 1991’s self-titled record (often known as the Black Album) on the other night. No word yet on if the band plans to do something similar next year.

The lineup for the 2012 Orion festival featured artists from a wide variety of genres, and the lineup included Modest Mouse, Avenged Sevenfold, Artic Monkeys, Best Coast and Eric Church. Just before the festival, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about the variety with Rolling Stone.

“I always think that our fans are as open-minded as I am, as Metallica is, and sometimes in the past we’ve been proven wrong,” Ulrich said. “And that’s OK, I’m not going to sit and tell people what they should or shouldn’t embrace. I don’t walk around and think they’re all Metallica fans, I think they’re all festival fans, music fans, people out for the experience. I hope our fans are going to be open and supportive of every body that’s here, and if they’re not, I’m going to find them and kick their ass.”

Rolling Stone also reports that the group are in the early stages of recording a new album, but that it isn’t expected to be released until 2014. As of now, the group has a handful of festival appearances scheduled for next year, including the Soundwave Festival in Australia and the Rock in Rio event in September 2013. No further touring plans have been announced.