Festivals — June 7, 2021 at 10:42 am

Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, Echo & The Bunnymen on board for Cruel World 2022

The pandemic-canceled Cruel World festival will rise again in 2022 at a different location in the Los Angeles area but with most of the original lineup — including headliners Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie and Devo — intact, promoters announced Monday.

The festival will now take place May 14, 2022, at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. — the site, next to the famous stadium, of The Cure’s 2019 Pasadena Daydream festival.

In addition to the headliners, the bill includes Echo & The Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, The Church, The English Beat, Public Image Ltd., Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, Berlin, Missing Persons, 45 Grave, Christian Death and more.

Acts from the original 2020 lineup that are not included in the 2022 edition are Gary Numan, Marc Almond, She Wants Revenge and Bad Manners.

Two new bands have been added, though: The Damned and Automatic.

Tickets, which range from $159 plus fees to $799 plus fees, go on sale first via a presale at 10 a.m. Pacific on Friday, June 11, and then through the general on-sale at 12 p.m. Pacific that same day.

More details and presale sign-up at the Cruel World website.

The festival originally was to have taken place May 2, 2020, at The Grounds at Dignity Health Sports Park, the home of the L.A. Galaxy soccer team, and that event quickly sold out before the pandemic upturned everything. It was moved to Sept. 12, 2020, and, ultimately, canceled by promoter Goldenvoice due to the “ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Here’s the full lineup for Cruel World 2022:

Echo & The Bunnymen
The Psychedelic Furs
Violent Femmes
The Church
English Beat
Public Image Ltd.
The Damned
Blaqk Audio
Cold Cave
Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel
Missing Persons
London After Midnight
Drab Majesty
45 Grave
Christian Death
The Meteors
Black Marble





  1. Trent Fordham

    It better happen this time or I’m young postal!

  2. Trent Fordham

    Whoops…. *going

  3. \(*o*)/ I’m in! Slicing Up Eyeballs readers should represent at the festival. T-shirts!?

  4. Great line up. Although I love Moz, for a Concert like this they should get someone Bigger to close it. Like the The Cure, or Depeche or U2 or even REM if they were playing now. To bad Marc Almond is not in yet. Hope it gets filmed profesionally for TV. Cheers.

  5. Morrissey will cancel because the people that work for the company that supplies the rubbish bins aren’t 100% vegan.

  6. Wonder why Slicing Up hasnt reported on Morrissey’s new album yet.

  7. Jonathan Wildebeest

    I’m definitely going to this! But I’m a bit surprised that Moz hasn’t been replaced as headliner since his image has been, shall we say, tarnished lately. Just for fun, I’ve been trying to think of some suitable replacements. Depeche and The Cure are too popular; they could sell out this venue just by themselves. Same goes for a REM or Talking Heads reunion. But what about a Banshees reunion? Love and Rockets wouldn’t be difficult to arrange. Personally, I’d kill to see Adam Ant and Marco together as Adam & The Ants. Lydon’s already there, Steve Jones is local and up for it, so how about the Sex Pistols? Maybe these are good ideas for Cruel World 2…

  8. Webbie Webbster

    Hopefully the headliner will shit the bed and we’ll get a decent replacement.

  9. Trent Fordham

    Got my tix. $1200. Ouch. And I’m excited about Morrissey, so up yours all you haters!

  10. Just got my tickets exited for most of the band I love echo and the bunny men 45 grave the damned pil Morrissey vf and a lot of the others too !! Can’t wait

  11. fictional

    have absolutely no time for anything with morrissey involved, sorry.

    devo, yes
    blondie, yes
    the bunnymen, absolutely
    bauhaus, yes

  12. When Morrissey cancels, Bauhaus will be the headliner, which is the way that it should have been all along.

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