May 16, 2022

There was nothing cruel about Cruel World Fest!

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The festival gathered the best bands in one place!

This weekend, the legendary Rose Bowl’s Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, CA was the host of a new music festival that gathered 80’s New Wave and Goth music fans, we are talking about CRUEL WORLD FEST 2022.

Two amazing days with the same lineup were the atmosphere was full of great vibes, great people and great music.

Again, giant promoter Goldenvoice was the master mind behind this festival and it was such a success that during day 2 the rumor of a new edition for 2023 was spreading rapidly. We really hope this happens because the experience of this festival was incredible.

Despite the heat during the first evening hours, the black clothing was the predominant color among goers and others just decided to wear something fresh for the occasion. Tomorrow, we will post a new article about the amazing fashion we saw on the field.

For now, we will share with you a photo gallery of the bands we were able to enjoy this weekend in order of appearance. Hope you enjoy them! 

LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT

Some of the songs they performed:
“Kiss Pure”, “Sacrifice”, “Your Best Nightmare”, “Spider and the Fly”, “Black Cat”

London After Midnight - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
London After Midnight - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
London After Midnight - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
London After Midnight - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

TR/ST

Songs performed:
“Bulbform”, “Rescue, Mister”, “Iris”, “Bicep”, “Sulk”

TR/ST - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
TR/ST - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
TR/ST - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
TR/ST - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

BLAQK AUDIO

Some of the songs performed:
“Stiff Kittens”, “A Distant Light”, “OK, Alex”, “Cities Of Night”

Black Audio - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Black Audio - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Black Audio - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Black Audio - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD

Songs Performed:
“Public Image”, This Is Not A Love Song”, “Swan Lake”, “Shoom”, “Rise”

Public Image LTD - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Public Image LTD - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Public Image LTD - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Public Image LTD - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

DRAB MAJESTY

Some of the songs performed:
“Kissing The Ground”, “Cold Souls”, “Not Just A Name”, “Oxytocin”, “Dot In The Sky”

Drab Majesty - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Drab Majesty - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Drab Majesty - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Drab Majesty - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

THE DAMNED

Songs Performed:
“Wait For The Blacout”, “Plan 9 Channel 7”, “Street Of Dreams”, “Love Song”, “Nasty”.

The Damned - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Damned - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Damned - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Damned - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

THE CHURCH

Some of the songs performed:
“Reptile”, “Metropolis”, “Under The Milky Way”, “Tantalized”

The Church - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Church - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Church - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Church - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

VIOLENT FEMMES

Some of the songs performed:
“Blister In The Sun”, “Kiss Off”, “Gone Daddy Gone”, “Add It Up”, “American Music”.

Violent Femmes - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Violent Femmes - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Violent Femmes - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Violent Femmes - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

BERLIN

Some of the songs performed:
“No More Words”, “Metro”, “Sex (I’m A…)”, “Masquerade”, “Take My Breath Away”

Berlin - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Berlin - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Berlin - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Berlin - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

DEVO

Songs performed:
“Don’t Shoot (I’m A Man)”, “Peek-a-Boo”, “That’s Good”, “Whip It”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

DEVO - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
DEVO - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
DEVO - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
DEVO - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

Some of the songs performed:
“The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll”, “Mr Jones”, “Pretty In Pink”, “Love My Way”, “India”

The Psychedelic Furs - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Psychedelic Furs - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Psychedelic Furs - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
The Psychedelic Furs - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

BAUHAUS

Some songs performed:
“Double Dare”, “In The Flat Field”, “She’s In Parties”, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, “Stigmata Martyr”, “Ziggy Stardust”

Bauhaus - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Bauhaus - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Bauhaus - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Bauhaus - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Bauhaus - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

BLONDIE

Some of the songs performed:
“X Offender”, “Hanging On The Telephone”, “Atomic”, “Call Me”, “Heart Of Glass”, “One Way Or Another”

Blondie - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Blondie - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Blondie - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Blondie - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

MORRISSEY

Some of the songs performed:
“We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful”, “Dissapointed”, “Alma Matters”, “I Am Veronica”, “First Of The Gang To Die”, “Everyday Is Like Sunday”, “Suedehead”

Morrissey - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Morrissey - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Morrissey - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Morrissey - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza
Morrissey - Photo: Nacho DelaGarza

We really wanted to thank the whole crew of Cruel World and Goldenvoice for their invaluable support to cover this amazing festival.

Hope to see you again next year!

The Heart Sounds team

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