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26 June 2021

Morrissey, Blondie & Bauhaus To Headline 2022 Cruel World Festival

Morrissey Blondie Cruel World Festival
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Morrissey, Blondie and Bauhaus will lead the line-up for the upcoming Cruel World Festival, which will now take place on 14 and 15 May next year at Brookside at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Other names on the bill include Devo, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, Public Image Ltd and more. The festival has added a second date due to an “overwhelming demand” for tickets.

After tickets for the Saturday (14 May) sold out, promoters Goldenvoice, who are also behind Coachella festival, announced that it had added a second date on the Sunday (15 May) which will keep the same line-up as the original date.

The first edition of the festival was meant to take place in 2020 but was postponed through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for Cruel World’s extra date goes on sale next Wednesday, June 30. Visit the event’s official website for further information.

In May, Morrissey unveiled details of a new album called Bonfire Of Teenagers, which he said was “the best album of my life”.

According to a press release, Morrissey will perform songs from the new album during his performances at Cruel World festival.

Announced via the former Smiths singer’s website, Bonfire Of Teenagers, which will be his first album since leaving his label deal with BMG, has 11 tracks, and will be sold to the highest record label bidder.

Bonfire Of Teenagers, which was recently completed in Los Angeles, has no release date as of yet.

Last November, Morrissey responded to being dropped by BMG in a note on his website. Responding to the news, “This news is perfectly in keeping with the relentless galvanic horror of 2020,” he said, adding: “We would be critically insane to expect anything positive.”

“My three albums with BMG have been the best of my career, and I stand by them till death”, he said. ”Recording them has been a pivotal period in my life, and I thank the previous BMG team and everyone involved for that. It’s still important to me to do music my own way, and I wouldn’t want to be on a label that dictates so specifically how their artists should behave – especially when the word ‘talent’ is notably never mentioned.”

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