It’s been 40 years since Robert Smith and The Cure entertained fans at Hyde Park in London. In honor of that show, The Cure has created another summer’s end festival of epic proportions. Robert Smith says of his new Pasadena Daydream Festival, “Hyde Park was a fabulous experience, the whole day was really magical and we wanted to create something with a similar celebratory vibe for this summer.” Well, there’s no better place than sunny Southern California! The Brookside at the famous Pasadena Rose Bowl will be the backdrop for this fantastic festival on Saturday, August 31st, 2019 all brought to you by Goldenvoice. The city partners with radio stations Jack 93.1FM and 106.7 KROQ to contribute $1 from every ticket sold to go towards local music and arts education organizations, including Mr. Holland’s Opus, Little Kids Rock, Free Arts for Abused Children, Inner-City Arts and The Painted Turtle.
It’s been 40 years since Robert Smith and The Cure entertained fans at Hyde Park in London.
As one of the most influential bands of 80s modern rock, emerging from the post-punk era in West Sussex, UK, The Cure took the scene by storm parenting the birth of gothic rock. Their early gothic sound produced songs like “Boys Don’t Cry”, while they reached commercial success with songs like “Let’s Go to Bed” and “The Love Cats”. It wasn’t long before the band achieved mainstream popularity with the release of the double LP, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, and the album Disintegration. The follow up album, Wish, reached number one in the UK and number two in the US, winning a GRAMMY for Best Alternative Music Album. The band then found themselves in transition, releasing an album and singles on movie soundtracks. After signing with Geffen Records, the band released their twelfth self-titled album in 2004, the same year they received the MTV Icon award. Since 2011, the group has been touring consistently, playing albums like Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds and Faith in entirety as they go. In April of 2018, Smith announced the plan to record and release a new album at the same studio where Queen recorded “Bohemian Rhapsody”, hinting at an October 2019 release date. Could we possibly hear a few new Cure songs at The Pasadena Daydream Festival?
Bringing with them some of their favorite bands, The Cure has handpicked an impressive lineup. Boston based Pixies bring back their alt-rock sound that was so familiar in the late 80s and early 90s. The band split in 1993, but came back together in 2004 and is noted for their punk/surf rock sound that influenced the likes of Radiohead, Weezer and even later Nirvana with their popularity growing post break-up.
The alternative metal band Deftones from Sacramento is known as one of the most experimental groups for the scene joins the lineup. Their new album on the way is being compared to their 2000 album White Pony, with singer Chino Moreno revealing that they are experimenting with sounds on this particular record. Maybe the band will drop a new tune or two during the show, as well!
Scottish post-rock band Mogwai from Glasgow is another band invited by The Cure to perform. The bands’ name, derived from the movie Gremlins, equals the tenacity with which the band tours. Recently being nominated for the 2018 Scottish Album of the Year, Mogwai has successfully established its place as truly influential artists. Be sure to catch them and their undeniably unique sound.
Reuniting for their first shows in five years, Newport, Rhode Island alternative rock band Throwing Muses bring their candid writing style and unconventional song structure to the lineup. Currently recording their follow up album to their 2013 album Purgatory/Paradise, the band is sure to continue touring and entertaining fans that have been waiting with bated breath to see them again.
Adding to the influential women-led bands, Welsh alt-rock band The Joy Formidable has also been chosen to perform at The Pasadena Daydream 2019. Having released their fourth studio album last year and joining Foo Fighters on a brief tour, fans can look forward to hearing their new songs, as well as old favorites.
Bringing modern gothic rock meets doom metal meets folk sound to the festival is the American singer-songwriter, Chelsea Wolfe. Her songs have been featured on television series, such as Game of Thrones, Fear of the Walking Dea, and How to Get Away with Murder. Wolfe recently announced her new album Birth Of Violence, with the first single “The Mother Road” to be released this September.
Scottish post-punk/indie rock band, The Twilight Sad, are set to join the fun following their January release of the new album It Won’t Be Like This All the Time. Known for their “ear-splitting” performances, self-described “folk with layers of noise” and having supported The Cure on a few tour dates over the years, it’s no surprise to see this intense, emotional and entertaining band on the lineup.
Visual artist and musician Emma Ruth Rundle joins the day on the heels of her On Dark Horses 2018 album release and tour documentary. Having released records with Red Sparowes, Marriages and The Nocturnes, Rundle’s solo album showcases her vocals and guitar riffs that will leave fans mesmerized.
The Pasadena Daydream Festival is sure to be memorable for Cure fans and beyond.
Robert Smith’s choice as the opening artist for the Pasadena Daydream Festival is the incredibly talented Icelandic synth-punk trio of ladies, Kaelan Mikla. Bringing to the festival their new album Nott Eftir Nott mixed with hints of punk and dance beats, sweet tender voices and high-pitched screams, Kaelan Mikla will surely captivate the crowd from the get-go.
The Pasadena Daydream Festival is sure to be memorable for Cure fans and beyond. Don’t wait to get your tickets to one of the most highly anticipated festivals of the year!