Along with Metallica, this year’s lineup includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Death Grips, Japandroids, FIDLAR, FLAG, The Orwells, Rise Against, Dropkick Murphys, Tomahawk, Foals, Silversun Pickups, Gogol Bordello, The Joy Formidable, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
This year also marks the debut of a new electronic tent headlined by Bassnectar and featuring Dillon Francis, 12th Planet, Dirtyphonics, Datsik, Adventure Club, and more.
Unlike last year’s festival, Metallica will only headline one of the festival’s two nights, as they’ll alternate slots with Red Hot Chili Peppers. What’s more, the band has yet to decide whether they’ll play one of their albums in full (last year featured full performances of Ride The Lightning and the Black Album).
“It’s the 30th anniversary of Kill ‘Em All, so that would be an option, and it’s also the 25th anniversary of …And Justice For All– but if you’re in a band for three decades, you can find an anniversary for anything,” Ulrich told Rolling Stone. “We haven’t made a decision, but if I was a betting man, I’d guess that us getting stuck playing an album in its entirety isn’t going to happen.” Ulrich also said not to expect any new material from the band’s upcoming releases.
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