Duran Duran Ignites a Nostalgic Spark with Hits at Cruel World Festival

Published May 13, 2024

The Cruel World music festival held in Pasadena has built a reputation for celebrating the nostalgic beats of new wave, goth, and post-punk music, typically closing with more somber performances. Prior years saw Morrissey and Siouxsie as headliners, but this time, attendees were treated to a more vibrant end-of-day show thanks to Duran Duran. As headliners, the English new wave icons delivered a joyful setlist at the festival, embracing their resurgence in popularity following their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a series of popular performances, including two sold-out nights at the Hollywood Bowl.

Duran Duran’s Hit-filled Performance

The band energized fans with a blend of their stylish presence and memorable tunes. Opening with 'The Chauffeur', they quickly transitioned into fan favorites like 'Wild Boys', 'Hungry Like the Wolf', and 'A View to a Kill'. The evening continued with a mix of rowdy anthems and slower tracks, ultimately ramping back up with hits 'The Reflex' and a 'Girls on Film' slash 'Psycho Killer' mashup.

Eclectic Mix across Three Stages

The festival's dynamic lineup on three stages included a rare reunion by Tones On Tail, fresh performances by Dreamcar, and consistent energy from Interpol. British music had a strong presence with Simple Minds, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and Heaven 17, all of which were first-time performers at the festival. Gary Numan returned with a set that highlighted his successful classics, as opposed to the previous year's focus on newer material.

A Festival of Various Musical Shades

It wasn't just about the throwback acts; newer bands inspired by the veterans also graced the stage. Emotional moments were witnessed as crowds sang along to Simple Minds' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)'. The festival also saw innovative musical collaborations, including offerings by Lol Tolhurst, Budgie, and Jackknife Lee, indicating a fusion of old and new tunes that resonate with both young and mature audiences.

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