Highlights From the 2024 Cruel World Festival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena

Hollywood 411
2 min readMay 16, 2024
Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor on stage at the Cruel World Festival. Photo Credit: Edgar Jacob

This year's Cruel World Festival that took place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, once again, proved to be nothing short of amazing! The 2024 lineup included Blondie, Duran Duran, Soft Cell, Simple Minds, The Motels, Adam Ant and many others.

Under a crescent moon and clear sky, 70s and 80s legends like Blondie and Duran Duran played some of their biggest hits of the decades — for dedicated fans who waited all day to catch their favorite bands hit the stage. Debbie Harry, who still to this day, looks and sounds as amazing as we remember, showcased her iconic vocals and signature shades to a packed crowd, who loved every minute.

Duran Duran’s setlist included “Come Undone”, “Wild Boys”, “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Ordinary World”, which lead singer Simon Le Bon dedicated to the current state of the world demanding “peace for all”.

Blondie’s Debbie Harry on stage at the Cruel World Festival in Pasadena, CA. Photo Credit: Edgar Jacob

Also not to be missed were the amazing special effects and visuals during each performance, and the top-quality sound system and engineers who worked tirelessly to bring us the best experience at the Rose Bowl.

The annual Cruel World Festival is an amazing opportunity to catch some of your favorite bands and relive the nostalgic moments, as well as seeing other up and coming bands in the lineup. Thank you to the team at the Cruel World Festival and Goldenvoice for the opportunity! Make sure to catch next year’s festival, you won’t want to miss it!



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