Morning Music Notes – Metallica Creates new Festival, Should’ve Called it Festallica

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Lineup Confirmed

The Queen is celebrating 60 years – of reigning the United Kingdom, not of being alive, as she would look terrible for a 60-year old. To celebrate, there is a free street party outside Buckingham Palace in London. The line up includes a lot of Sirs – Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Cliff Richard, as well as Annie Lennox, JLS, and Jessie J, with more names to come (via Guardian).

There is now a ballot open, one the world hasn’t seen since Willy Wonka opened up the doors to his Chocolate Factory – wait, that wasn’t a documentary, was it? British residents can apply for a pair of the 10,000 free tickets that are up for grabs. The ballot runs between Feb. 7 and March 2. You can apply online for tickets at, or mail in a postcard, but let’s be honest – who the hell is going to mail in a postcard?

Festival Announcements: Orion Festival, and Bestival

Metallica has announced they will be headlining a new festival that they have created – Festallica The Orion Music + More festival (via Gigwise). The festival will take place June 23-24 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and will include – gasp – Metallica (headlining BOTH nights), along with Arctic Monkeys, Best Coast, Modest Mouse, Fucked Up, Titus Andronicus, and others.

Lars Ulrich explained: “We’ve had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years. Finally this year all the practical ducks lined up in a row, and we are beyond psyched to bring Orion to our fans, friends and the curious.”

Check out a promo video for the Orion festival below.

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Bestival 2012 also announced it’s lineup. The festival, which takes place on the Isle of Wight, will include the xx, Sigur Rós, Hot Chip, Justice, the Horrors, Azealia Banks, and more (via Guardian). The festival takes place September 6-9, and is curated by Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank and his wife, Josie. If you think that lineup is good – the headliners haven’t even been announced yet. I don’t have to swim to get to this festival, do I?

Jay-Z Plays Carnegie Hall

As we reported last year, Jay-Z was to headline two shows at Carnegie Hall, a place not know for hosting rappers. Jay-Z played new track Glory, dedicated (and featuring) newborn daughter, Blue Ivy. Jay-Z went up to the balcony and did an encore (do you want more?), which featured a melody of hits from Reasonable Doubt. You can check out the video for Glory below.

Jay-Z – Glory (live at Carnegie Hall)
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