Top Hits to Experience at Cruel World Festival 2024

Published May 6, 2024

The Cruel World festival is set to take over the verdant expanse of Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, delivering a revival of classic '80s music genres like new wave, goth, and post-punk. On the line-up for the festival are prestigious acts including Duran Duran, Blondie, and other dynamic performers that marked the MTV era such as Adam Ant, Simple Minds, and Gary Numan. Adding to this mix will be newer bands that draw inspiration from the same music vibe, such as Interpol and Dreamcar.

With the set times announced, fans are faced with the difficult choices of which acts to see. Debating between acts like the Motels, General Public, and the Mission UK, or figuring out whether to catch Adam Ant and Soft Cell or sprint to see Simple Minds can cause quite the dilemma.

Fortunately, those looking to maximize their Cruel World experience have a guide to the must-see performances. Envision this as your custom playlist for the day, highlighting the 10 essential tracks from the festival's lineup.

Duran Duran: 'Hungry Like the Wolf'

As headliners, Duran Duran promises a set loaded with recognisable hits from 'Planet Earth' to 'Girls On Film'. 'Hungry Like the Wolf' emerges as the quintessence of their alluring sound, a true crowd-pleaser.

Blondie: 'Dreaming'

Blondie's treasure trove of hits from 'Call Me' to 'Hanging on the Telephone' ensures a familiarity, but 'Dreaming' stands out with its euphoric melody and Debbie Harry's distinct vocals backed by Clem Burke's energetic rhythm.

Tones on Tail: 'Go!'

Formed by members of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail brings a dark danceable classic in 'Go!', a signature tune of their unique style.

Placebo: 'Running Up That Hill'

Mixing elements of alternative rock and '80s influences, Placebo will likely captivate the crowd with their cover of Kate Bush's hit, 'Running Up That Hill'.

Simple Minds: 'Alive and Kicking'

The anthemic 'Alive and Kicking' by Simple Minds is a track fans are sure to sing along with, encapsulating the band's iconic sound.

The Jesus and Mary Chain: 'Just Like Honey'

With their influential sounds that paved the way for noise pop and shoegaze, The Jesus and Mary Chain's 'Just Like Honey' is a landmark song that will be brought to life at the festival.

Ministry: 'Work For Love'

Ministry plans to perform early songs from albums like 'With Sympathy' and 'Twitch', and 'Work For Love' with its catchy beat is a particular highlight.

Heaven 17: '(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang'

The synth-pop duo Heaven 17 will resonate with '(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang', an anti-fascist dance hit.

Gary Numan: 'Cars'

Gary Numan will perform his seminal 'The Pleasure Principle' album, but the synth classic 'Cars' remains his standout hit that continues to captivate audiences.

General Public: 'Tenderness'

General Public's 'Tenderness' showcases the soulfulness of Dave Wakeling’s artistry, a must-hear for any fan attending the festival.

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