Festivals — March 17, 2020 at 9:44 pm

Cruel World festival appears to be postponed indefinitely — but details are scarce

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.





  1. Pissed but not at all surprised

    They want to collect and hang on to every last penny from the payment plans they set up as well as avoid issuing refunds. It SUCKS. Lest we forget, Goldenvoice is owned by Philip Anshutz, who is reprehensible, so you shouldn’t be surprised. The bright spot is that if it *is* rescheduled, Moz miggt be unavailable.

  2. Harvey Cervantez

    Funny how they made the announcement after the second payment for tickets were charged earlier this week. There’s no way they will ever get all these bands rescheduled for later date. They will keep our money as long as they possibly can.

  3. Note how nearby La Mirada Theatre in Los Angeles County dignifies their clientele:

    –Keep the tickets and seat locations you currently have now. Your tickets will be valid on the new performance date to be determined after we consult with the Artists.
    –Receive a credit in the form of a gift certificate that never expires and is valid for any upcoming performance at La Mirada Theatre.
    –Donate the tickets and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value.
    –Or if you prefer, receive a full refund for the event.

    It would be a show of respect if Goldenvoice follows a pattern like this.

  4. It’s been rescheduled to September 12.

  5. Sounds like a pledgemusic type of flim-flam

  6. Madeline Ramirez

    I can’t make it on the that day because I will be out of town , can i get a refund ?


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