Morrissey and Blondie to Headline Los Angeles’ Cruel World Festival

Published on February 24, 2020

When it’s summertime, it’s music time. Major acts are on the road and the most prominent music festivals are in full swing. This summer is already stacked with classic acts, including a few we’ve covered on the site: Pearl Jam, Alicia Keys, Roger Waters, among others. Music fans can now add another must-see event to their schedule this summer, the Cruel World Festival, based in Los Angeles. 

The Cruel World Festival

The festival is scheduled for May 2nd at the Grounds at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles, where Los Angeles Galaxy plays. The Sports Park is a hassle to get to for a lot of Angelenos, but it’ll be worth the ride considering the acts the Cruel World Festival has booked. They’re going old-school with Morrissey, Blondie, Echo and the Bunnymen, English Beat, Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, English Beat, the Church, Public Image Ltd., Berlin, and Marc Almond. The impressive list of new wave music goes on. Expect a very hip and probably more mature audience at the festival. 

Golden Voice 

Golden Voice is behind the festival. They’re also the name behind Coachella, Stage Coach, and Hangout. Considering their successful track record with festivals, expect big things for the Cruel World Festival. It’s wonderful they’ve crafted a festival not all about the newest and hottest acts in music, but instead focusing on music and musicians that continue to endure. While it costs an arm and a leg for people to attend Coachella, there reasonably priced tickets available for the Cruel World Festival. Not only that, they’re allowing payment plans to cover tickets. For anyone who doesn’t have $150 to immediately spare, that’s fantastic. 

Don’t Miss Blondie

Who doesn’t want to witness the almighty power of lead singer Debbie Harry, guitarist Chris Stein, and the rest of the gang on stage? Last year, they did an excellent tour with Elvis Costello. Blondie’s music hasn’t aged a day. It’s still as poppy and as inventive and as fun as ever. While some classic bands hit real lulls when they play their new tunes live, that’s not true of Blondie.

While the band mostly plays the classics, their new songs are every bit as energetic and heartfelt as their most famous hits. They’ve done far more than tour with their explosive reunion, like releasing their excellent comeback album, “Pollinator.” No Blondie fan will leave their show without a smile on their face, as Harry is still the coolest person to walk in a room or grace a stage. 

Oh Morrisey 

Of course, the main draw for most Angelenos is the main headliner, Morrissey, who recently had a fantastic residency on Broadway, released a solid album of cover songs, and as always, continues to outrage the Internet and letdown his fans with his ugly comments that go viral. Morrssiey, the man, is a disappointment, while Morrisey, the singer, is still a killer showman…if he decides to show, that is.

When you buy a ticket to a Morrissey concert, you know to go in with tempered expectations. He’s a risky artist to have headline a festival considering his tendency to cancel and, of course, his politics and personal beliefs. The City of Los Angeles, however, still loves their Moz. There’s even an official Morrissey day in Los Angeles. He’s huge in East L.A. especially, where karaoke nights are dedicated to the former frontman of The Smiths. There’s definitely no question when Morrissey is on his game and in good spirits, he’s remarkable. Moz’s name will no doubt bring his fans all the way to Carson for the Cruel World Festival, which sounds like a spectacular day in the making.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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