Festivals — June 20, 2023 at 12:20 pm

Darker Waves festival: New Order, Tears For Fears, B-52s, Echo & The Bunnymen, Devo and more

New Order and Tears For Fears will headline the inaugural edition of the Darker Waves music festival this November in Southern California, organizers announced, topping a bill that includes fellow ’80s alternative survivors The B-52s, Echo & The Bunnymen, Devo and more.

The Cruel World-esque festival, taking place Nov. 18 at City Beach in Huntington Beach, also will feature sets by Soft Cell, The Psychedelic Furs, The Human League, OMD, Violent Femmes, X, The English Beat, Clan of Xymox, The Chameleons, T.S.O.L., 45 Grave, Christian Death, Skeletal Family and more, including more contemporary acts such as Mochat Doma, Cold Cave and Drab Majesty.

Tickets are priced from $199 to $1,750, and a presale is set to begin 10 a.m. PT on Friday, June 23.

Sign up for a presale code at darkerwavesfest.com.

Check out the full lineup below:


Darker Waves festival lineup

New Order
Tears For Fears
The B-52s
Echo & The Bunnymen
Soft Cell
The Psychedelic Furs
The Human League
Violent Femmes
She Wants Revenge
The Cardigans
Molchat Doma
The English Beat
London After Midnight
Clan of Xymox
The Chameleons
Death in Vegas
Cold Cave
Drab Majesty
Depresion Sopnora
Twin Tribes
45 Grave
Christian Death
Skeletal Family
Glass Spells
Urban Heat





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  1. Sure it’s 2023 and not 1983?

  2. Can you please come to Boston or NY

  3. Johnathan

    Why not just call it “Crueler World” or “Another Cruel World”? Je ne comprends pas.

  4. Advertised $199 (cheapest) GA ticket is BOGUS af, because with all the bs fees and taxes it actually costs $342, so F that I’m not going. I can’t imagine how much they are piling on to the more expensive GA+ and VIP tickets. This mob are worse than Ticketmaster who are already as low as a snake’s belly.

  5. Trent Fordham

    Sold out within hours. Glad I got my ticket.

  6. Robin Booher

    Are other sites selling tickets. I live in HB and grew up with these bands. Really want a ticket or twoI tried wait list but not letting me complete it:(

  7. why will they not do this somewhere else ?? air fare is expensive ! i know i’m lucky that caterwaul is in mpls but still

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