The 2013 Recap

Jun 12, 2013

To kick off the week of Orion, the Metallica guys hid 2-Day Passes at several of Detroit’s famous landmarks and local businesses so that the festival faithful (who followed us on Instagram) would play along, find the passes and join us on Belle Isle.

On Saturday, everyone seemed curious about this new band — dehaan — that had no information online and no past performances…

Those in the know gathered at the front of the stage early and were rewarded when Metallica came on stage to perform Kill ‘Em All from start to finish, a true Metallica first and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of that album’s release.

The weekend ended with the set thousands of fans knew they were going to see — a rip-roaring, pyro-burning two-hour set of Metallica classics.

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#orionfest Tweets From The Weekend

Once fans reached Belle Isle, there was nothing stopping them from taking in all five stages and each of the lifestyle areas around the festival grounds.

Each screening at the Hit The Lights film tent was sold out with Lars on hand to introduce the films and host Q&A’s with Hollywood insiders who are all involved in producing the upcoming Metallica film “Through The Never.” Fans got a super secret preview of that film as well. James visited the Custom Car + Motorcycle Show each day, revving rides, taking in the Globe of Death and personally handing out awards at The Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Inside Kirk’s Crypt, Kirk was not only greeting and talking with fans each day, but he also hosted multiple panel discussions with some of the most famous names out of the horror genre — while his zombies, creatures, and other interesting characters entertained fans outside of the tent. When Robert wasn’t jamming with Infectious Grooves, Trujillo Trio, dehaan or Metallica, you could find him high above the crowd at the top of the Vans Vert Ramp as he scoped out the Vans Pro Team as bands performed on the Vans Damage Inc. Stage.

Custom Car + Motorcycle Show

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Hit The Lights Flims

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Kirk’s Crypt

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Vans Damage Inc. Stage + Vert Ramp

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While Metallica put on almost every aspect of the festival, there was plenty going on outside of their two performances and self-curated lifestyle areas. Local favorites, BATTLECROSS and DEATH, started and ended the weekend in the Frantic Tent to a capacity crowd and showed us all why Detroit is still the home to great metal.

Feed ‘Em All Food Court served great local fare (with signature items from Slow’s To Go) and fans stayed hydrated and fed with only the best of Detroit all weekend long. While both Ktulu’s Emporium and My World Village both had fans purchasing memorabilia and helping out great causes in between sets.


BASSNECTAR closed the insanity that was The Sanitarium Tent — an all-day celebration of dance and dubstep that shook the windows of our friendly Canadian neighbors to the north. Then the Red Hot Chili Peppers, shirtless and all, performed two hours of their most famous hits to the capacity crowd on Saturday night.

We’d like to thank the city of Detroit and all the thousands of fans who joined us on Belle Isle to make this another successful year for Orion!

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