Duran Duran performs live in 2015.

Cruel World 2024

MAY 11, 2024


Dust off your Doc Martens, practice your best Siouxsie Sioux scream and get ready for Cruel World's day of nostalgia-fueled mayhem at the Rose Bowl.

Trade in your flower crown for ripped fishnets, because Cruel World festival in Pasadena, Calif. throws it back to the edgy side of the 80s. This one-day sonic rebellion, taking place across two stages at the Rose Bowl, is like a mosh pit meets a high school reunion for goths and punks. Picture eyeliner darker than your soul and enough black clothing to make a crow jealous.

This year, Cruel World nabbed headliners like Duran Duran and Interpol, keeping the dark wave vibes rolling, as well as legends like Soft Cell and Adam Ant. The cashless event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., which are considered peak party hours by people who once used Tumblr as the cornerstone of their identity. Closer to the event, food vendors will be listed — but don’t worry, they’ve already made it clear that there will be vegan options available (because, Los Angeles). If moshing isn’t for you, there will be a picnic space to enjoy a meal. 

So, dust off your Doc Martens, practice your best Siouxsie Sioux scream, and get ready for a day of nostalgia-fueled mayhem (and Interpol). 

The Specs

  • Nearly 100,000 people attend the festival each year. 
  • General Admission tickets start at $209, and Clubhouse tickets start at $949. 
  • While you’re there, explore California’s wide range of activities. 


What is the closest airport to Cruel World 2024? 

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the way to go. It takes about 45 minutes to get to Pasadena from there — depending on traffic (we are talking LA, here). 

What’s the bag policy?

Bags smaller than 8’’13’’8.5’’ are permitted and subject to inspection.  

Is the event ADA accessible?

There’s limited accessible parking available for those with valid Disabled Person Parking cards or license plates.  

Where should I stay? 

There are a ton of hotels and home rentals available in the area. There is no camping at this festival. 

Which artists are on the Bottlerock Napa lineup?

The full lineup for the festival is Duran Duran, Blondie, Interpol, Simple Minds, Placebo, Soft Cell, Adam Ant, Ministry, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Gary Numan, Dreamcar, TR/ST, The Faint, Heaven 17, French Police, The Mission UK, The Stranglers, General Public, Lol Tolhurst x Budgie, Model/Actrix, The Alarm, Adult, The Motels, Nuovo Testamento, Hard Symmetry, Body of Light, Zanias, Patriarchy, Leathers, Balvanera and Tones on Tail.


Duran Duran, Interpol, Simple Minds to Headline 2024 Cruel World Fest


BY Logan Davis