The inaugural Cruel World music festival that boasted a bill topped by ’80s alternative stalwarts Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo and Echo & The Bunnymen appears to have been postponed indefinitely in response to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, but promoters have barely communicated anything to ticketholders.
At some point Monday, Cruel World promoter Goldenvoice posted the following statement on its website:
Due to COVID-19 all Goldenvoice events have been postponed indefinitely. At this time there is no information on new dates. However, if new dates are announced there is nothing you need to do. Your tickets will be valid for the new date and you will be notified. If the event cannot be rescheduled once the moratorium is lifted, a refund will automatically be issued to the credit card you used to purchase, within 30 business days. We will follow the recommendations of local health authorities as to when each event may be rescheduled.
Yet Goldenvoice’s event page for the May 2 festival is still up with a ticket link (though the concert sold out long ago), and Cruel World’s own website and social media accounts show no sign of postponement or cancellation. Ticketholders are in the dark about refunds or possible new dates for the festival.
Slicing Up Eyeballs emailed Goldenvoice — which made high-profile announcements last week about rescheduling its Coachella and Stagecoach festivals to later in the year — about Cruel World’s status Monday night and again on Tuesday, but received no response.
While they didn’t single out their scheduled Cruel World appearance, The Psychedelic Furs on Tuesday announced they will postpone and reschedule all of their North American tour dates planned for April and May. “It is our sincere hope that this current health crisis is brought under control soon so that we can get out there again this summer,” they wrote on Facebook.
The festival, set for The Grounds at Dignity Health Sports Park, the home of the L.A. Galaxy soccer team, also was to feature sets by Violent Femmes, The Church, The English Beat, Public Image Ltd., Gary Numan, Marc Almond, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, Bad Manners, Berlin, Missing Persons, 45 Grave, London After Midnight, The Meteors and Christian Death.
The postponement is hardly a surprise at this point, as concerts and tours are being canceled around the world as health officials urge people not to gather in crowds in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the highly contagious and potentially deadly respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
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