Festivals, Video — June 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

Video: The Cure plays ‘The Top’ for first time in 28 years at Sweden’s Hultsfred Festival

The Cure’s run of summer festival appearances continues to delight the band’s longtime fans, as Robert Smith and Co. mix up their sets and trot out songs not played in decades, if ever. The latest uber-rarity to creep into The Cure’s set: the title track of 1984’s drugged-out The Top, a song not played live since that year’s tour.

The band trotted out that obscurity Friday night during its set at Sweden’s Hultsfred Festival; you can see video of it above, and the night’s full setlist below, both via Chain of Flowers. So far this summer, The Cure has performed 1982 B-side “Just One Kiss” for the first time ever, “Bananafishbones” for the first time since 1984, “Fight” for the first time since 1987 and “Cold” and “Same Deep Water As You” for the first time in a decade.

And there are still 15 dates to go this summer.


Setlist: The Cure, Hultsfred Festival, Sweden, 6/15/12

1. “Open”
2. “High”
3. “End of the World”
4. “Lovesong”
5. “Push”
6. “Inbetween Days”
7. “Just Like Heaven”
8. “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”
9. “Three Imaginary Boys” (Partial during sound problems)
10. “The Hungry Ghost”
11. “Play For Today”
12. “A Forest”
13. “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”
14. “Pictures of You”
15. “Lullaby”
16. “Bananafishbones”
17. “The Walk”
18. “Friday I’m in Love”
19. “Doing the Unstuck”
20. “Trust”
21. “Want”
22. “Wrong Number”
23. “One Hundred Years”
24. “End”

25. “The Top”

26. “Dressing Up”
27. “Lovecats”
28. “The Caterpillar”
29. “Close To Me”
30. “Just One Kiss”
31. “Boys Don’t Cry”


The Cure tour dates:

June 22-24: Hurricane Festival, Scheeßel, Germany
June 22-24: Southside Festival, Tuttlingen, Germany
June 28: Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
June 30: Les Eurockéennes, Malsaucy, France
July 5-8: Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
July 7: Heineken Jammin’, Venice, Italy
July 9: Rock in Roma, Rome, Italy
July 12: Bilbao BBK Live, Bilbao, Spain
July 14: Optimus Alive, Oeiras, Portugal
July 18: Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland
July 20: Festival des Vieilles Charrues, Carhaix, France
Aug. 18: Frequency Festival, St. Polten, Austria
Aug. 24: Reading Festival, Reading, UK
Aug. 25: Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK
Sept. 1: Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Ireland







  1. In think they’ve played SAME DEEP more recently than 10 years ago – it was included in their FESTIVAL ’05 dvd. Even still, they don’t play it nearly enough.

    Be great if they played The Crow’s BURN.

    • actually, it isn’t :) maybe you thought from the edge of the deep green sea.
      it was performed last time on trilogy concerts in 2002

  2. The only songs they have played on this Euro tour which haven’t seen much action:

    The Top
    Just One Kiss

    The Caterpillar was brought back last year. Dressing Up was played on many prior tours. Same Deep Water as You has been out of the set for awhile, but was a standard in 2000, and 2002.

    So really, 4 songs – which is great, but most of the set is the same standards they have been playing for years. Either way, every night fans are getting a big dose of The Cure!

    Either way it looks like they are breaking out these songs from the 1983 – 1987 period for the inevitable trilogy show featuring The Top/Head/KMKMKM

  3. Just One Kiss!!!! aaaaaahhhhh

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