Cruel World Festival came to an abrupt end on Saturday night when a severe weather alert and threat of lightning ended Iggy Pop’s performance with an announcement that fans should immediately evacuate the festival grounds.

Thousands of fans shouted their dismay at the announcement, primarily due to the cancellation of headliner Siouxsie of Siouxsie and the Banshees fame, in what would have been her first U.S. performance in 15 years.

There were fans in tears at the news.Steffine Aguirre of Alta Loma stood on the field shouting for a refund along with other fans. I’ve seen Siouxsie many times, and she comes out when Morrissey doesn’t even show up,” said Aguirre, who like many of the fans that refused to leave the field, was dressed in a black Siouxsie T-shirt.


Aguirre said she did not believe Siouxsie would leave her fans in the lurch. At a minimum, she said she thought the singer would say something to them even if she did not perform. We’re not going to leave until they take us off the property,” she said. “They should refund everybody’s money. The shutdown came this way: Iggy Pop went on stage at 8:45 p.m. while the Human League started five minutes later on a smaller stage across the Brookside at the Rose Bowl golf course.

But as Pop sang “Raw Power,” flashes of lightning were seen in the distance behind the main stage in the east. The singer continued his set for several more songs until 9:12 p.m. when during a jazzy version of “The Passenger” the volume from the singer’s microphone was cut and an announcement on the PA told fans they should immediately evacuate.

Pop attempted to continue until someone approached from the wings, whispered in his ear, and walked off with him. OK, we have lightning, we need to evacuate the stage I’m told,” Pop said. The field lights came up, and the stage video screens filled with red-and-white warnings to seek shelter.

Siouxsie Sets Makeup Show After Severe Weather Cancels Cruel World Gig

Cruel World 2023 will be headlined by Siouxsie Sioux in what will be her first North American performance in 15 years. The Siouxsie And The Banshees leader was previously announced as part of the lineup for the UK’s Latitude Festival in 2023, which will take place in July. Also performing are Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, and a reunited Love And Rockets, who haven’t played a show since 2008. (Love And Rockets just launched an official Instagram, so seems like a tour is likely.)

The roster also includes Echo & the Bunnymen, Adam Ant, the Human League, Molchat Doma, Gary Numan, Boy Harsher, Modern English, Gang Of Four, Twin Tribes, and more. Cruel World will take place on Saturday, May 20 at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 27 details here.

Watch Siouxsie Sioux play her first US show

Frequently Asked Questions!

How many attended cruel world 2023?

Main events included Siouxsie, Iggy Pop, Billy Symbol, Love and Rockets, Reverberation and the Bunnymen, Human Association and a lot additional extraordinary groups based on what was seemingly the greatest ten years of music from these classifications. The group was supposed to be areas of strength for 70,000 fans from California and all over the planet.

Why was Cruel World cancelled?

Savage World Celebration reached an unexpected conclusion on Saturday night when a serious weather conditions caution and danger of lightning finished Iggy Pop's exhibition with a declaration that fans ought to quickly clear the celebration grounds.

What happened at Cruel World 2023?

Lightning had been found somewhere out there as Iggy sang "Crude Power" a couple of tunes prior. That had incited the Pasadena Local group of fire-fighters, after storm alerts from the Public Weather conditions Administration, to reassess Pop and the Human Association, who were playing on a different stage simultaneously.

Did Siouxsie play Cruel World?

Watch Siouxsie Sioux play her first US show in quite a while @ Brutal World (setlist, video) After the danger of thunderstorms made Horrible World end before her featuring set on Saturday night, Siouxsie Sioux played a make-up show on the celebration grounds on Sunday night.