Cruel World’s 2023 edition came to an early and abrupt end tonight in Pasadena, California, as festival organizers were forced to evacuate the crowd over safety concerns about severe weather and lightning before headliner Siouxsie could take the stage for her first U.S. performance in 15 years.
Sirius XM DJ Richard Blade, who is at the festival, tweeted that a severe weather alert was issued during Iggy Pop’s and The Human League’s sets — the last two performances before Siouxsie was to close out the day — which led police to order the festival closed to ensure attendees’ safety.
According to the Orange County Register newspaper, Iggy Pop was performing “The Passenger” when his microphone was cut and an announcement over the PA alerted attendees to leave. “OK, we have lightning, we need to evacuate the stage I’m told,” Iggy told the crowd, according to the newspaper.
Iggy Pop “The Passenger”
This is when the concert abruptly ended due to a severe weather warning. Which never seemed to happen.#SiouxsieSioux was set to go on directly following Iggy.
— Jake (the ‘80s never ended in my world) Rudh (@JakeRudh) May 21, 2023
Cruel World’s Twitter account first said, “The festival has been postponed until further notice. Please evacuate the festival site immediately. Use the nearest emergency exits. Stay tuned for updates.”
That tweet, though, was deleted and replaced with one that said, “Due to severe weather, please exit the event site and move to your vehicles or protected areas outside of the event site for safety. Stay tuned for updates.”
The Cruel World headlining slot had been the only U.S. date on Siouxsie’s summer tour, which is largely focused on Europe.
Promoter Goldenvoice’s ’80s alternative festival took place today at Brookside at the Rose Bowl and featured sets by the reunited Love and Rockets, Echo & The Bunnymen, Squeeze, Berlin, Gary Numan, Modern English, Gang of Four, ABC, The Vapors and more.
The performance at Cruel World was to be Siouxsie’s first live appearance in the United States since a 2008 tour in support of her solo debut Mantaray. She played her first show in 10 years earlier this month in Brussels.
Oh no! A severe weather alert was just issued for Pasadena – right in the middle of Iggy Pop and The Human League's sets, and the police have ordered the festival clised to ensure everyone's safety. Lost for words pic.twitter.com/CZ6uuOF6E1
— Richard Blade (@richardblade) May 21, 2023
Cruel World Festival was a great time until this happened pic.twitter.com/gJiwAiENNd
— Michael Escalante (@Magic_Mike777) May 21, 2023
Cruel World fest cancelled 5 songs into the Human League due to possible lightning strikes. No Siouxsie for me, but better that she didn’t get fried I suppose. Still got to see ABC, Love & Rockets, Boy Harsher, Echo & the Bunnymen, and Billy Idol ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/1w3yfIQdJm
— Meni (@MeniTsirbas) May 21, 2023
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