Metallica Announces 2-Day Orion Music Fest With Arctic Monkeys and Lucero in Atlantic City

This morning came word that Madonna would kick off her North American tour in Philadelphia, and now the heavy metal veterans known as Metallica have announced Orion Music + More, an annual 2-day music and arts fest to be held on June 23rd and 24th at Atlantic City’s Bader Field, a location that pretty much none of us had heard of until 72,000 people showed up there for last year’s Dave Matthews Band Caravan.

Metallica themselves will play the complete Ride the Lightning one night and Metallica aka “The Black Album” the other while some 20 other bands–among them, Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Cage the Elephant, Titus Andronicus and Lucero–will entertain on multiple stages. (What, no Questlove?!) Metallica fan club members can grab up discounted $125 all-fest passes or $225 VIPs during the pre-sale, which begins on Wednesday at 10 a.m., while the rest of you will have to wait until Saturday to pay more for the same thing.