Daydream Festival Brings the Cure to Pasadena as Headliners and Curators – Variety

Daydream Festival Brings the Cure to Pasadena as Headliners and Curators - Variety

The Cure Curate New Pasadena Daydream Festival

Chris Willman Music Writer @chriswillman FOLLOW Chris's Most Recent Stories Daydream Festival Brings the Cure to Pasadena as Headliners and Curators Concert Review: Todd Rundgren Rediscovers a Pop Catalog’s Glory Everything We Know About Taylor Swift’s ‘TS7’ So Far View All Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Show more sharing options LinkedIn WhatsApp Print Pin It Tumblr CREDIT: Stephen Lovekin/REX/Shutterstock What says “sunny, bucolic, green and serene” more than the Cure? Well, possibly lots of things, given the dark and anxious undertones to much of the British band’s music. But the group will be coming to southern California in the most peaceful large-scale setting possible: the picturesque, tree-filled, golf-course grounds outside the Rose Bowl, where Goldenvoice’s Arroyo Seco Weekend found great favor with festival-goers the last two summers.

The Cure will both headline and curate the Pasadena Daydream Festival, being held at Brookside at the Rose Bowl on Labor Day weekend. It’ll be in the Arroyo Seco, but it won’t involve a full weekend: The festival goes down in a single day on Saturday, August 31, with tickets going on sale Friday at noon PT.

The Cure Tap Pixies, Deftones for Curated Pasadena Daydream Festival

Joining the group on multiple stages are such compatible acts as the Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai and Throwing Muses. The bill is rounded out by the Joy Formidable, Chelsea Wolfe, the Twilight Sad, Emma Ruth Rundle and Kaelan Mikla.

If the venue for Pasadena Daydream sounds familiar, its the location of the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival – which took place the last two years in June but has yet to be announced for a third iteration. While its demise has not been announced or acknowledged by concert promoter Goldenvoice, its hard not to consider Pasadena Daydream a replacement for Arroyo Seco.

The Cure have unveiled the lineup for Pasadena Daydream Festival, which they will headline and also curated. The one-day event takes place on August 31st at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

photograph by Neil Lupin text Kelsey Chapstick May 14, 2019 Bringing his measured and iconic taste to this side of the pond, Robert Smith and his band the Cure will both headline and curate the Pasadena Daydream Festival, a one day event in the heart of SoCal on August 31st. The impeccable lineup will include indie rock legends The Pixies, Welsh alternative act the Joy Formidable and Nineties rockers Throwing Muses, alongside Revolver favorites like Deftones, Chelsea Wolfe, and Emma Ruth Rundle. Repeating his picks from the 2018 edition of Meltdown Festival in Londons BST Hyde Park, Smith also added Icelandic post-punks Kaelan Mikla and a duo of Scottish acts with Mogwai and The Twilight Sad to the roster. 

The new event will feature Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses, the Joy Formidable, Chelsea Wolfe, the Twilight Sad, Emma Ruth Rundle and Kælin Mikla. Tickets go on sale on Friday. Each ticket sale includes a $1 charity donation that supports music and arts organizations and local charities, including Mr. Holland’s Opus, Little Kids Rock, Free Arts for Abused Children, Inner-City Arts and The Painted Turtle.

“Hyde Park was a fabulous experience,” recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Smith recalls of last years event. Meltdown was a 40th celebration for the band, who currently have their first album in 10 years in the works. “The whole day was really magical, and we wanted to create something with a similar celebratory vibe for this summer.”

The band, who also curated last year’s Meltdown Festival in London, England, celebrated their 40th anniversary at London’s Hyde Park last summer. “Hyde Park was a fabulous experience, the whole day was really magical,” frontman Robert Smith said in a statement. “And we wanted to create something with a celebratory vibe for this summer.”

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The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of their best-selling album, Disintegration, later this month with a series of performances where they will play the entire LP at Australia’s Sydney Opera House. The final Cure set from the Sydney series will livestream on May 30th via Facebook and YouTube.

The band’s Robert Smith teased the West Coast festival in an interview last week. It’s in a similar vein to last year’s BST Hyde Park concert that celebrated the band’s 40th anniversary and featured a number of other bands besides the Cure. Smith has an extended history putting together these sorts of lineups: He curated the Meltdown Festival lineup last year, and way back in 2004 they went on a Curiousa tour bringing a ton of different acts along with them.


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