Metallica have announced the line-up for their second annual Orion festival and while it is well-known that they try to approach curating with surprising diversity – few would have expected the onslaught of bass-heavy electronic music scheduled for this year. Via Rolling Stone:

The biggest change in Orion’s focus is the addition of an electronic dance tent headlined by Bassnectar’s speaker-shredding low-end, along with moombahton maven Dillon Francis, French club-kid combo Dirtyphonics and a massive dubstep contingent comprising Borgore, Datsik, 12th Planet, Adventure Club and Destroid. “For that, we have to blame our kids,” Ulrich says. “Hetfield and I went with our kids to watch Skrillex at a festival we were both playing, and we were blown away by his presentation – he had 25,000 kids going insane. We thought, 'We’ve got to get that!’” Ulrich sees EDM as a natural addition to Orion, pointing out the links between the hard intensity of today’s dance music and Metallica’s genre roots. “A lot of those guys come from a background in heavy music, and you can hear it – Bassnectar is a huge metal fan,” he says. “A lot of the rock fans might be skeptical, but when they see it’s about energy and unison, they’ll relate to it.”

Sounds like a real genre-spanning love fest.

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