The Cure close second night at Leeds festival with epic 33-song set

Bombay Bicycle Club and Crystal Castles both play new material on the Main Stage

The Cure brought the second day of Leeds Festival to a close tonight (August 25) with an epic 33-song set.

“Hello again. It’s been a while,” singer Robert Smith told the crowd, as he took to the stage for the band’s second appearance at the festival in two days, after having not played Reading and Leeds festivals for 33 years.

“I thought yesterday maybe I should say things between songs,” Smith said before ‘The Walk’. “But it breaks a spell in my head. So just imagine I’m saying things to you.”


Reeling out a series of hits, including ‘Friday I’m In Love’, ‘Just Like Heaven’, ‘The Lovecats’ and ‘Close To Me’ – which did not appear in last night’s set, Smith closed the two-and-a-half hour show with ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. You can watch video footage of ‘Friday I’m In Love’ (performed at Reading, not Leeds) by scrolling down the page.

Liam Stainsby, 18 ,said: “I thought The Cure were…brilliant, sorry, I was going to swear…ok, they were FUCKING insane. They were the best band so far, they’ve got so many years of so much good music. Amazing.”

Tamsin Daisy Reece, 18, from Durham added: “I thought they were just lovely. They’re a band that’s really comforting. I loved ‘The Lovecats’ and ‘Friday I’m In Love’, they were so good.”

The Cure played:

‘The End Of The World’
‘Sleep When I’m Dead’
‘In Between Days’
‘Just Like Heaven’
‘Pictures Of You’
‘The Caterpillar’
‘The Walk’
‘Friday I’m In Love’
‘Doing The Unstuck’
‘From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea’
‘Play For Today’
‘A Forest’
‘The Hungry Ghost’
‘Wrong Number’
‘One Hundred Years’
‘Dressing Up’
‘Close To Me’
‘Just One Kiss’
‘Let’s Go To Bed’
‘Why Can’t I Be You?’
‘Boys Don’t Cry’


Taking to the stage before, The Cure, Bombay Bicycle Club showcased a new dance orientated track titled ‘Carry Me’. “I think it’s time to step it up a gear,” guitarist Jamie MacColl told the crowd, “Yeah it’s time to get down and dirty,” singer Jack Steadman added before the band launched into ‘Ivy And Gold’.

Earlier in the day, Crystal Castles opened on the Main Stage with their new track ‘Plague’, before a rendition of ‘Baptism’ which saw Alice Glass launch herself into the crowd before throwing herself to the ground in front of the stage. Playing a nine-track set spanning across their two albums, the duo finished on Platinum Blonde cover ‘Not In Love’, which they previously released as a duet with Robert Smith.

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