The Cure Heats Up Lady Gaga, Thousands of Fans at Searing Pasadena Daydream Festival

Published : Sunday, September 1, 2019 | 5:13 AM

Despite blast furnace August temperatures, Saturday’s first Pasadena Daydream Festival in Brookside at the Rose Bowl drew 25,162 fans – including Lady Gaga, who rocked out to The Cure and Instagrammed the British post-punk band’s performance made her “come alive.”


Lady Gaga wasn’t the only Fest fan who traveled here from afar.

“We came to see The Cure,” said Jessica and Amy from Minnesota. “We figured it would be a fun trip on Labor Day Weekend.”

The lineup filled the festival’s two stages with a slew of alternative rock bands: Iceland’s Kælan Mikla, the alt-metal Deftones, Scotland’s double bill of Mogwai and Twilight Sad, Boston-based alt-rockers Throwing Muses, Joy Formidable from Wales, American Gothic/doom metalist Chelsea Wolfe and “somewhat creepy” but folksy American Emma Ruth Rundle.

The Deftones brought out Californians from around the state and Pixies also brought their share of fans from the Los Angeles artist ranks.

The Cure took the main stage at 8:40 p.m. and staged a most remarkable performance.

It was remarkable because Smith was not sad on this special night, and, in fact, he was smiling and happy. Smith and his band performed before a sea of adoring fans who sang every word to The Cure’s many popular songs.

“This was the best day of the summer” Smith proclaimed. “But I know how you feel. I have been here since 1:30 today.”

Smith was referring to the temperatures, which were in the 90s but felt hotter.

But The Cure brought the cool factor.

“I think Robert Smith’s voice was like it was in the 1980s, so strong and clear,” said Carlos of Denver. “I came all the way from Colorado to see The Cure and five of my friends came from Mexico.”

“I’ve seen The Cure many times but this was the happiest I’ve ever seen Robert Smith,” said Tina from Riverside. “I cried because I was so moved by his performance. He was right — it was the best day of the summer.”

The event was held on the same site as Goldenvoice’s Arroyo Seco fest which took place in June for the last two years, a cooler time of the year.

Police said the crowd was orderly in general despite long lines waiting in the heat to go through screening checkpoints. In the end, officials said only three arrests were made: two for public drunkenness and one for domestic violence.