The “ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic” today led promoter Goldenvoice has pulled the plug on the rescheduled Cruel World festival in Los Angeles, which would have celebrate the ’80s alternative era with a bill topped by Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie and Devo.

The promoter posted on the event’s website that “we are disappointed to announce Cruel World 2020 will not take place.” There’s no mention of moving the lineup to 2021.

All tickets “purchased through our official ticket provider Elevate” will be canceled and automatically refunded within 30 businesses days, according to the post.

In mid-March, Goldenvoice moved the event, originally scheduled for May 2, to Sept. 12.

Cruel World, set for The Grounds at Dignity Health Sports Park, the home of the L.A. Galaxy soccer team, also was to have featured sets by Echo & The Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, 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.

Here’s the full note from Goldenvoice:

Dear World,

After much consideration and monitoring of the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are disappointed to announce Cruel World 2020 will not take place. All we want is to dance and sway to songs we love, but our number one priority is the health and safety of you and everyone involved in the festival. We appreciate your understanding, and we can’t wait to come together soon.

All 2020 tickets purchased through our official ticket provider Elevate will automatically be cancelled and refunded. Tickets will be refunded within 30 business days.

Stay safe and healthy. We can’t wait to see you soon.






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