Cruel World 2022

Post Author: Jeff Cubbison

Fans of goth and new wave descended on the Rose Bowl’s Brookside venue this past weekend for the inaugural edition of Cruel World. Dozens of legendary bands and artists – as well as a handful of newer acts – thew down incendiary sets, leaving fans with their mascara bleeding all day.

Devo, TR/ST, The Church, The Damned, and Public Image Ltd were among the highlights, while the reunited goth pioneers Bauhaus delivered one of the greatest performances you will ever see. Scroll through for the best of the best.

The first edition of Cruel World brought legendary acts of the goth and new wave persuasion to the Rose Bowl, much to the delight of the black shirt and mascara-wearing crowd. TR/ST, Public Image Ltd, The Damned, The Church, Devo and Bauhaus were among the many highlights.