Digital Music, Festivals — August 24, 2012 at 7:09 am

The Cure plays Reading tonight for first time in 33 years — hear band’s full 1979 set

As they near the end of their summer run of European festivals, The Cure tonight plays the U.K.’s venerable Reading Festival — exactly 33 years to the day since Robert Smith and Co. last played there. To mark the occasion, we present this tape of The Cure’s 1979 set at Reading, courtesy of YouTube uploader (via Chain of Flowers). The audio’s admittedly a bit rough, but it’s great to hear the band — featuring drummer Lol Tolhurst and bassist Michael Dempsey — rip through a 13-song, Three Imaginary Boys-era set.


Setlist: The Cure, Reading Festival, UK, 8/24/79

1. “10.15 Saturday Night”
2. “Accuracy”
3. “Grinding Halt”
4. “Another Day”
5. “Object”
6. “Subway Song”
7. “Foxy Lady” (Vocals by Michael Dempsey)
8. “Plastic Passion”
9. “Three Imaginary Boys”
10. “Boys Don’t Cry”
11. “Fire in Cairo”
12. “Killing an Arab”
13. “Do the Hansa”







  1. Batshiz Crazay

    Gooood stuff!

  2. Saw them on BBC 3 last friday, first hour was a boring greatest hits set, second half was a brilliant mixture of album tracks and b-sides, enjoyed that i must admit. 9 songs from Wish, i smell another trilogy show..

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