Cruel World Festival Returns In 2024, Duran Duran To Headline
Cruel World Festival, renowned for its nostalgic new wave line-up, announces its return in 2024 with a stellar roster, headlined by British rock legends Duran Duran. Scheduled for May 11th at Pasadena’s Brookside at the Rose Bowl, the festival, organized by Goldenvoice, promises a day of musical revelry with a blend of classic and contemporary acts.
Joining Duran Duran are significant names like Interpol, Blondie, Simple Minds, Placebo, Soft Cell, and Adam Ant to name a few. Ministry is set to perform tracks from With Sympathy and Twitch‘ while Gary Numan will revisit his debut album The Pleasure Principle. Tones On Tail, a Bauhaus offshoot featuring Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, and Diva Dompe, are billed as special guests, promising a rare performance.
The line-up further includes bands such as DREAMCAR, TR/ST, The Faint, Heaven 17, French Police, The Mission (UK), The Stranglers, General Public, Lol Tolhurst x Budgie, Model/Actriz, and more, catering to fans of new wave, goth, punk, and original scene music.
Cruel World Festival stands out for its intergenerational appeal, seamlessly blending the charm of 1980s new wave with the vitality of modern acts. Duran Duran’s participation, following their recent release Danse Macabre, adds a contemporary edge to the festival’s classic vibe.
Watch Duran Duran’s “Black Moonlight” music video below
The festival’s previous editions have seen performances by icons like Billy Idol, Gang of Four, and Love and Rockets, with memorable moments like the lightning-interrupted set of Iggy Pop. This year, Ministry’s Al Jourgensen’s decision to revisit early works from With Sympathy and Twitch adds an intriguing twist to the event.
Passes for the Cruel World Festival go on sale on December 8th at noon PT.