The ’80s-alternative-themed Cruel World festival was supposed to happen in L.A. in 2020 but was postponed then canceled due to the pandemic. They’ve just announced that it will be back in 2022, happening May 14 & 15 at Brookside at The Rosebowl in Pasadena.
Most of the 2020 lineup will still be playing, including headliner Morrissey (who has spent the last couple years opening his bigmouth to say a lot of unfortunate things). Also carrying over: Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, The Church, The English Beat, Public Image Ltd, Berlin, Missing Persons, Christian Death, 45 Grave, and Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel.
The Damned have been added to the lineup, while Gary Numan and Marc Almond have dropped off.
There are also a bunch of newer acts who fit into the festival’s gloomy vibe, including Cold Cave, Black Marble, TR/ST, Automatic, Drab Majesty, and more. You can check out the full 2022 Cruel World lineup below.