Metallica: 'We'd love to play Glastonbury'

Ulrich hopes Eavis will invite Metallica to play his festival

Metallica: 'We'd love to play Glastonbury'

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Swindells - 23 April 2012

Talking to the NME, Ulrich said: "We've never played Glastonbury. I don't know if Michael would ever invite a harder rock band to play. It's something I would love to do at some point. We love playing, we love connecting with people, and you want to try to do that in as many situations as possible. Mid May to September in Europe, it doesn't get better than that."

The metal giants tour their 1991 classic LP, the 'Black Album', this summer and will stop at Download Festival, Donington on June 9th.

Lars Ulrich previously commented, in 2008, that the band hoped Jay-Z's headline set at Glastonbury would lead to them playing the event in 2009: "Having Jay-Z headline this year, it might open doors for other people and genres - maybe us."

A handful of metal and hard rock acts have previously played Glastonbury, including Nine Inch Nails who played the Somerset event in 2000 alongside A Perfect Circle.

For the first time the band will host their own festival, Orion Music + More festival, which will take place on June 23 - 24 in Bader Field, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Joining the band for their two consecutive headline slots will be Arctic Monkeys, The Gaslight Anthem, Avenged Sevenfold, and Modest Mouse, amongst others.


Talking about the event, Ulrich said: "We're trying to get our own festival off the ground, and it's no fucking picnic. It takes five years to even really get on the map. So we're trying to get our own thing off the ground in New Jersey in June. You've got to stay with it.

"We were invited to play Bonaroo in 2008 and that was the first time we saw the European festival model work in America, the whole thing was a total mindfuck, it was great – it was us. The people were really accepting towards diversity, so it was back then we started thinking about doing our own thing. We really want to have that kind of European diversity and that sense of discovery.

"We've got the Arctic Monkeys, Gaslight Anthem, Modest Mouse, Avenged Sevenfold, indie bands like Best Coast and we've got one stage for a lot of younger harder rock bands, a comedy thing going on, the lifestyle element – which is a lot of James Hetfield's car show, that whole culture of crazy cars, Kirk Hammett bringing his whole horror film thing. It's going to be a pretty full fucking three days! But having your own festival, it's a pretty cool thing."

Download Festival tickets are available now.

Weekend Download Festival tickets with 5 day camping are priced at £200 (including booking fee). Weekend Download Festival tickets with 3 day camping are priced at £190 (including booking fee). Weekend Download Festival tickets without camping are priced at £165 (including booking fee).

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