Detroit’s Belle Isle to host Orion Festival by Metallica

on June 7, 2013


While Detroit’s eardrums are still recovering from the Detroit Electronic Music Festival two weekends ago, there’s a new beast rolling into town—more specifically, onto Belle Isle. This Saturday and Sunday, the 985-acre park will be hosting the second annual Orion Music + More Festival, started by none other than the metal band Metallica.

Even if you’re not a metalhead, there’s still plenty to enjoy at Orion this year. The lineup features an eclectic mix of artists, with headliners Metallica (duh) and Red Hot Chili Peppers, along with Bassnectar, Death Grips, Foals, Deftones, Japandroids, Dropkick Murphys, and many others. Other attractions to keep you entertained in between sets are pretty much what you’d expect from a Metallica festival: a car and motorcycle show, a series of films (all by people who have contributed to the 3D film “Metallica Through the Never”), a skateboarding ramp, and a Metallica Museum, to name a few.

Inevitably, you’ll get hungry at some point after x amount of hours headbanging, lighter-waving, and attempted crowdsurfing. Head to the Feed ‘Em All Food Court (wordplay on the album Kill ‘Em All by, you guessed it, Metallica), where you can get local favorites from restaurants like Detroit’s Slows BBQ, Hamtramck’s Srodek Deli, and Trenton Ice Cream Shoppe. And you’re surrounded by some of the best scenery in Detroit, so if all else fails, take some time to rejuvenate by the riverfront.

Orion tickets sell for $90 for a day pass, $150 for the whole weekend, and $750 for VIP. For updates and more information, visit the Orion website at