Fans say the "Orion Festival" shouldn't include so many indie acts - but the band insist it represents diversity, and there will be plenty of heavy acts to enjoy.
Posted on Feb 22, 2012 02:50 pm
Metallica have defended the festival they are launching after complaints that the lineup was too indie for their metal audience.
The newly announced Orion Festival lists the likes of Arctic Monkeys on its lineup, which some fans considered unusual given Metallica's stance in the metal world.
Lars Ulrich says there is nothing to worry about:
"This whole thing is kind of based more around the classic festivals that we've been playing in Europe for the better part of the last 25, 30 years, which is really about diversity and really about kind of many, many different musical experiences," he told The Pulse Of Radio (via Blabbermouth). "Now whether anybody buys into that or not, we'll find out, but there's gonna be lots and lots of cool, heavy stuff, trust me."
Orion will take place at an abandoned airport in Atlantic City, where Metallica will perform their "Black Album" and 1991's "Ride The Lightening" in full.
The event will be run by C3 Presents, the team behind Lollapalooza.
"I don't think any of us know what's going to happen, but it's going to be pretty cool," said Charlie Walker from C3 Presents. "Buy a ticket, f--ker!"
Watch Metallica talk about Orion Festival here:
Will you be attending Orion Festival, or did Metallica sell out to mainstream audiences with their lineup choices? Share your view in the comments.