‘Please vacate the venue immediately’

Siouxsie Sioux at their final public concert before their current comeback tour at London's Meltdown Festival 2013.

Siouxsie Sioux at their final public concert before their current comeback tour at London’s Meltdown Festival 2013. (Photo: Burak Singi/Redferns via Getty Images)

Cruel World — the post-punk festival held at the Rose Bowl-adjacent Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California — unfortunately lived up to its name on Saturday when the second annual event was cut short due to the threat of inclement weather. The plug was pulled less than 30 minutes before legendary Gothamata Siouxsie Sioux was due to headline the main stage, which will be her first US concert in 15 years. It was their only scheduled North American date on their current comeback tour, which began on 3 May in Brussels, Belgium. ,Updates: On Sunday at 3 p.m. Pacific Time, Cruel World announced via social media that both the Siouxsie Sioux and Iggy Pop shows have been rescheduled for Sunday evening, May 21.)

Proto-punk pioneer Iggy Pop, accompanied by the dancing son of Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme, was halfway through his set on the Outsiders stage when the festivities came to an abrupt end. (Ironically, he was performing “The Passenger,” a song Siouxsie and her former band The Banshees covered in 1987, and many fans were expecting a surprise pop/Sioux duet.) Two flashes of lightning had already covered the sky during the pop. Show, causing his voice to go out for about 20 seconds each time; When a third audio glitch occurred during “The Passenger” (seen at the end of the video below, shot by Minneapolis radio and club DJ Jake Rudd), a voice blared over the PA, announcing that Brookside had vacated the grounds. being “very bad weather.” Across the field on the Lost Boys stage, the set was also stopped by UK synthpop act The Human League.

Pop told the disappointed audience, “Okay, we have power. We need to clear the stage, I’m told.” Everyone filed in an orderly manner for the most part after the reality surfaced.

First, the official Twitter account for Cruel World posted, “The festival has been postponed until further notice. Please vacate the venue immediately. Use the nearest emergency exit. Stay tuned for updates.” However, that tweet was soon deleted and Replaced With one that made no mention of the postponement, simply saying: “Due to inclement weather, please exit the venue and move to your vehicles or protected areas outside the venue for safety. Stay tuned for updates.” “

A tweet was posted at 9:24 pm Pacific Time national weather service Announced: “We are tracking a severe thunderstorm moving southwest between Pasadena and Monrovia near Mount Wilson. This storm can produce strong winds, heavy rain, lightning and small hail. However, that storm never reached the Brookside area, and the threat seemed to subside shortly after the Sioux would have knocked the stage at 9:55 p.m.—thus angering the fans even more.

As of this writing, representatives for Cruel World’s promoters, AEG/Goldenvoice, have not responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for clarification as to whether or not the festival, which was advertised as being “rain or shine,” was abruptly called off. was done. However, it has been confirmed that Sioux and Pop will perform the make-up show on Sunday. “At the direction of the Pasadena Fire Department, the venue was evacuated due to unsafe weather conditions verified by the National Weather Service and lightning in the area. Siouxsie and Iggy Pop will return to Brookside at the Rose Bowl on Sunday, May 21.” performing an extended set with Siouxsie. This will be her only North American performance in 2023. All Saturday Pass types will be allowed entry into the venue,” the festival’s official Instagram account announced on Sunday morning. The Human League is apparently not a part of this rescheduling.

Sioux wasn’t the only Cruel World 2023 cast fan who didn’t get to see Saturday: Earlier in the week, both Motley and Adam Ant pulled out due to “unforeseen circumstances.” However, those performers were replaced by two solid crowd-pleasers, Berlin and Squeeze, respectively. and Saturday attendees Did Witness the thrilling return of Love and the Rockets, a seminal act that hasn’t performed live in years. The addition of British college-rock trio Siouxsie was the most anticipated act on the bill, and they dazzled with an 11-song Outsiders stage set just before Iggy’s doomed show, which included their top three Billboard Hot 100 hits “So Alive” and “So Alive”. were involved. His famous cover of the Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion”. Band members Daniel Ash, David Jay, and Kevin Haskins headlined the Cruel World festival last year as three-quarters of Bauhaus, but a reunion of that legendary gothic band was put on hold when frontman Peter Murphy entered rehab. had entered. This year’s Cruel World Festival marked the first time Ash, Jay, and Haskins played as Love & Rockets since 2008.

Other major highlights of Cruel World 2023 included a hit-packed pop ‘n’ soul revue by gold-tuxedo’d New Romantics ABC and an intense and awe-inspiring set by dance-punk trailblazers Gang Off before the festival’s abrupt and disappointing finale. Four. New darkwave acts such as Boy Harsher, Twin Tribes, Ricci, and Glass Spells also performed, along with Billy Idol, Gary Numan, Echo and the Bunnymen, Modern English, and Vapor.

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