Billed as its “only European show of 2011,” organizers of the U.K.’s Bestival this morning announced The Cure will headline one of the festival’s four nights next September alongside Crystal Castles, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, DJ Shadow and Primal Scream performing its 1991 album Screamadelica.
Barring further touring plans, the Sept. 10 performance by Robert Smith and Co. at the four-day fest on the Isle of Wight will be the band’s first live gig since an infamous headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April 2009 that had festival organizers pulling the plug mid-song after the band blew past curfew.
Smith, in a statement posted on The Cure’s website says, “I am delighted and excited that The Cure’s only European festival performance in 2011 will be at Bestival… We will do all we can to help make it a weekender to remember!” (Note that Smith calls it the “only European festival performance” — perhaps leaving the door open for a tour — while Bestival’s organizers simply say it’s the band’s “only European show” of 2001.)
With The Cure and Crystal Castles sharing the same bill, of course, it raises the possibility that Smith will join the electro duo on stage to perform their much-buzzed single “Not in Love,” which arrives in U.K. stores next week. The lineup, curated by BBC DJ Rob da Bank, also includes former Cure opening acts 65daysofstatic (who also feature Smith on their recent track “Come to Me”) and Cranes.
See initial Bestival lineup after the jump…
Bestival, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight, UK, Sept. 8-11, 2011
The Cure (headlining Sept. 10)
Primal Scream presents Screamadelica
65daysofstatic (Live film score)
Pantha du Prince
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
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