The stage is set once again at the historic Rose Bowl as the stars return to captivate the eager crowd after an unexpected interruption. On Saturday, as the beats pulsed and excitement filled the air, a sudden thunderstorm swept through Pasadena, prompting a swift evacuation of the venue. Cell phone footage captured the moment punk legend Iggy Pop announced, “We have lightning, we need to evacuate the stage,” sending concertgoers scattering towards their cars.
The National Weather Service had warned of a potent storm system moving southwest from Mt. Wilson towards the Pasadena-Monrovia region, with the potential for gusty winds, heavy downpours, lightning, and small hail. Heeding the advice of the Pasadena Fire Department, the festival organizers swiftly prioritized the safety of attendees and initiated the evacuation.
With the storm passing and a fresh day dawning, the Cruel World Festival issued an update to fans, expressing gratitude for their understanding and resilience. The statement confirmed that the venue was cleared and declared safe, allowing the highly anticipated event to proceed as planned. Headliners Siouxsie and Iggy Pop, revered icons of the music scene, made a triumphant return to the stage at Brookside in the heart of the Rose Bowl. Siouxsie wowed the crowd with an extended set, captivating fans with her mesmerizing presence and timeless hits.
Addressing the loyal festival-goers, the organizers announced that all Saturday pass holders would be granted access to the rescheduled event. The gates would swing open at 5 p.m., marking a new chapter in the festival’s journey and reaffirming its commitment to delivering an unforgettable experience.
Founded in 2020 by FKOA/Goldenvoice, the Cruel World Festival has quickly established itself as an annual celebration of music’s diverse genres. Held at the scenic Brookside location within the iconic Rose Bowl, the festival showcases the best of new wave, post-punk, gothic rock, and alternative rock performers. It serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of these genres and the deep connection between artists and their passionate fanbase.
As the sun sets and the music fills the air once more, the artists and audience join together in a collective embrace of resilience and shared passion. The Cruel World Festival rises above the temporary setback, emerging stronger than ever, ready to deliver an unforgettable experience that will resonate in the hearts of music lovers for years to come.