The Cure play only European show of the year at Bestival

The band perform epic 32 song set

The Cure headlined Bestival last night (September 10) with a set on the Main Stage for their only European appearance of 2011.

The cult legends joined the likes of Katy B, The Village People and PJ Harvey on the bill to play hits including ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and ‘Just Like Heaven’.

The 32-song-long show even included the first live outing of ‘The Caterpillar’ in two decades and saw old keyboardist Roger O’Donnell rejoin the band.


Singer Robert Smith kept the banter to a minimum, only pausing to thank the crowd. He was the only guitarist onstage with the band last night, with Porl Thompson remaining in Sydney.

It was revealed earlier in the day that The Cure considered quitting gigging before they were offered the headline slot. The band, however, seemed pretty pleased with their set at Bestival.

Fans in the crowd said they were “chuffed” that the band had decided to continue playing live, calling them the “set of the weekend”.

The festival ends today (September 11) with performances from Bjork, Kelis and The Maccabees.

The Cure played:


‘Fascination Street’
‘A Night Like This’
‘The End Of The World’
‘Just Like Heaven’
‘The Only One’
‘The Walk’
‘Friday I’m In Love’
‘In Between Days’
‘Play For Today’
‘A Forest’
‘Shake Dog Shake’
‘The Hungry Ghost’
‘One Hundred Years’
‘The Lovecats’
‘The Caterpillar’
‘Close To Me’
‘Hot Hot Hot!!!’
‘Let’s Go To Bed’
‘Why Can’t I Be You?’
‘Boys Don’t Cry’
‘Jumping Someone Else’s Train’
‘Grinding Halt’
’10:15 Saturday Night’
‘Killing An Arab’

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