The Cure Curates A Pasadena Daydream With The Pixies, Deftones And More  

Pasadena Daydream
– Pasadena Daydream

The Cure is the latest to enter the artist-curated festival derby, with the announcement today of the inaugural Pasadena Daydream Festival, taking place August 31 at Brookside at the Rose Bowl and featuring a roster of Robert Smith’s 1990s indie-rock favorites.

In addition to The Cure, the lineup is filled out by Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses, The Joy Formidable, Chelsea Wolfe, The Twilight Sad, Amma Ruth Rundle and Kaelan Miklan.

The Cure, which was recently inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, has been instrumental in shaping the global, post-punk musical landscape with such albums as Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers. The band has also been responsible for pop hits like “Friday I’m In Love,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Just Like Heaven,” and many more.

If the venue for Pasadena Daydream sounds familiar, it’s the location of the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival – which took place the last two years in June but has yet to be announced for a third iteration. While its demise has not been announced or acknowledged by concert promoter Goldenvoice, its hard not to consider Pasadena Daydream a replacement for Arroyo Seco.

But it’s a completely different type of vibe and event. Rather than classic rockers like Neil Young and The Promise of the Real or Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – featured artists from the two Arroyo Seco Weekends – this party will likely feature more black T-shirts and guyliner than leather fringe and flip-flops.

Robert Smith of The Cure
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– Robert Smith of The Cure
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md.

The Cure will head to Pasadena after its 40th anniversary appearance at BST Hyde Park in London, and now the beloved band is bringing some of their favorite artists in tow to Pasadena Daydream, in the shadow of the famed Rose Bowl.

“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,” Smith said in the announcement.

Tickets go on sale Friday (May 17) as noon local time at General admission will set you back $149, plus and fees; and VIP passes are available at $299 plus fees. One dollar from each ticket and VIP pass sold goes to music and arts education organizations and local charities including Mr. Holland’s Opus, Little Kids Rock, Free Arts for Abused Children, Inn-City Arts and The Painted Turtle.