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Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival Will Not Be Held in 2014

Photo by Mike Barrett, Loudwire

For the past two years, Metallica‘s Orion Music + More festival has hosted an eclectic mix of artists, first in Atlantic City, N.J. and this year in Detroit. However, fans looking forward to the the next fest will have to wait until at least 2015.

The festival has been held in early June, but next year Metallica have scheduled tour dates in Europe during that time. A spokesperson for the festival’s promoter, C3 Presents, tells the Detroit News that the festival may return in 2015, but it’s not clear if it would be in Detroit.

There was a three-year deal in place for the festival to be held in Detroit, but the promoter had the option to withdraw, according to the Detroit News. This year’s festival drew about 20,000 fans each day, and the band told the newspaper after the event that they hoped to return.

“I sure hope so; that is the plan,” James Hetfield said, but noted plans were not set in stone. “The festival itself is not 100-percent greenlit yet. There’s gotta be a powwow where all of us get together and make sure we’re on the same page.”

The 2013 Orion performers included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, Dropkick Murphys, Dillinger Escape Plan and of course, Metallica.
When Metallica embark on that European tour next summer, the setlist will be selected by the fans. The band will also play a brand new song.

Recap and Photos of the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival

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