Orion Music + More 2012 came to Atlantic City this past weekend with such stellar performances by headliner Metallica, Artic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Eric Church, Cage the Elephant, Fucked Up, The Jim Breuer Heavy Metal Comedy Tour, Volbeat, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, Baroness, Soul Rebels, The Sword, Don Jamieson, Jim Florentine, Wooden Shjips, A Place to Bury Strangers, Liturgy, Ghost, Charred Walls of the Damned, Suicidal Tendencies , Sepultura, The Black Dahlia, Murder, Torche, Letlive, Red Fang, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Black Tusk and Thy Will Be Done.
Four stages took over Bader Field, which drew, in an astonishing crowd even bigger then Ozzfest. With all of the mentioned bands above, there were vendors that sold band artwork, shirts, hats and special memorabilia from the Orion Music Fest of 2012. There was also a great array of food venders from your usual hamburgers to a special vegan menu. And like with any festival there is, there was alcohol that could be purchased as well. One of the great things about the festival was their water stations which you could refill plastic bottles, even one that you bought in. However, there were only two stations which tended to have large lines and for a period of time on Saturday, one of them had went down. All and all, the sun was shining, the sea breeze was amazing and many people had a great weekend.
This was also not your average music festival with one stage and some t-shirts being sold. There was also a custom car show that showcased cars as well as motorcycles. One that really stood out was the Dragula car, which was in fact made out of a coffin. Ktulu’s Rock N Roll Emporium, which had gear and vinyl, records for sale. Kirk’s Crypt, owned by Kirk Hammett had showcased monster and horror movie memorabilia including posters, sculptures, masks, zombies and more. Kirk also did SPFX make-up demonstrations and a Chiller Q&A also shared the Krypt along with Linda Blair who was signing autographs and taking photos while promoting her WorldHeart Foundation, which recuses and takes care of animals. Hit the Light Films was there showcasing the movie Mission to Lars which was followed by a director Q&A. There was graffiti artwork, a surf competition, skateboard demonstrations and signings. There was a lot to see in just two short days.
Metallica ended both nights with a bang. The crowd was crazy for them. On Saturday night they played songs from their Ride The Lightening Album and Sunday was their Black Album. Other songs were also played off of their many albums. In between sets, a slideshow and look into how the band began played on two smaller screens with a huge screen center stage. Looking into and being a part of the crowd, it looked like it covered more then a football field. Metallica fans were so happy and grateful that they decided to do this festival. Metallica also thanked everyone for coming out and making this a great weekend for everyone. The encores lasted for almost an hour long each night. Even when it was over, the fans wanted more. Fire, smoke and fireworks ended both Saturday and Sunday.
The festival really took well care of all their visitors. Aside from two water stations, there were plenty of facilities and handicapped accessibility ramps at every stage. There were numerous information booths, trashcans, Police Officers, Security Companies and EMS all over the grounds. This was a really well put together festival and people wish for it to return again next year and the years to come.