The Cure headline Optimus Alive with epic three-hour-set

Mumford and Sons, Big Deal and Katy B also impress on the second day of the Portuguese festival

The Cure played an epic three-hour set at Portugal’s Optimus Alive festival last night (July 14), closing the main stage at 3am after coming back for three encores.

The band, who were forced to kick off with an acoustic performance at Spain’s BBK festival earlier this weekend after their equipment failed, maintained a huge crowd throughout their epic set.

Robert Smith and bandmates drew from their entire back catalogue and ended with a string of big-hitters including ‘Close To Me’, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and ‘The Caterpillar’. After a lengthy wait, they returned to the stage for a final encore of ’10:15 Saturday Night’ and ‘Killing An Arab’.


The Cure played:

‘Pictures Of You’
‘The End Of The World’
‘Mint Car’
‘In Between Days’
‘Just Like Heaven’
‘From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea’
‘The Hungry Ghost’
‘Wrong Number’
‘The Walk’
‘Sleep When I’m Dead’
‘Friday I’m In Love’
‘Doing The Unstuck’
‘Play For Today’
‘A Forest’
‘One Hundred Years’
‘The Same Deep Water As You’
‘Dressing Up’
‘The Lovecats’
‘The Caterpillar’
‘Just One Kiss’
‘Close To Me’
‘Let’s Go To Bed’
‘Why Can’t I Be You?’
‘Boys Don’t Cry’
’10:15 Saturday Night’
‘Killing An Arab’

Earlier, Mumford and Sons had played a well-received slot on the same stage, delivering a selection of tracks from their upcoming second album before ending with a crowd-pleasing rendition of ‘The Cave’. Morcheeba also performed, having been drafted in as last-minute replacements for Florence and the Machine, who was forced to pull out of the festival due to illness.

Throughout the day, the Tent Stage witnessed performances from Katy B, Big Deal and The Antlers, who performed the whole of their forthcoming ‘Undersea’ EP alongside tracks from their back catalogue. LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy rounded off the festival’s second day with a late-night DJ set on the Clubbing Stage.

Optimus Alive concludes tonight (July 15), with performances from The Maccabees, Warpaint and The Kills among others. Radiohead are set to headline, returning to their planned tour schedule following the tragic stage collapse at their recent Toronto show.