Music fans thinking of heading to Madrid’s Mad Cool festival on the weekend 11 – 13 July 2019 have been handed a boost with news today that The Cure are the third act to be announced. They join acts announced earlier this week The National and The 1975.
The Cure’s domination of the European festival circuit is evident as you skim through their 2019 tour dates. This is no bad thing.
With one of the most melodic back catalogues of any rock band ever, and an ear for nuance and experimentation, their live sets are a great dopamine hit for lifelong fans and passing listeners alike. From ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, ‘Close To Me’, to ‘Just Like Heaven’, ‘Friday I’m In Love’, the hits just keep coming, and the famously long sets almost necessary to keep in fan favourites. And they're on the form of their lives at the minute: they proved it at BST Hyde Park.
In terms of where each of the bands playing Mad Cool next year are at, The Cure are likely to play through their existing back catalogue as well as play new unreleased material such as ‘It Can Never Be The Same’, which they played at the Cureation 25 at Meltdown this summer. Billed as a Robert Smith presents thing only, The Cure did a secret set at Meltdown because they are rumoured to have been tied to a contract with BST that meant they couldn't play any other big shows in London around that time.
Often compared to a fine wine, The National are getting better with age and have recently aired to new songs at a show in Croatia, so we can expect an exciting new setlist when they play the festival in 2019.
Meanwhile, The 1975 are in the process of launching their third studio album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – released 30 November - so we can expect a fresh setlist there compared to past tours. We can expect them to have set new records for themselves by then too. The sheer dominance of their marketing campaign, coupled with their feverish fanbase is likely to see them top the charts in the UK and fill the seats on their upcoming UK arena tour.
Focused on rock, indie and electronic, Mad Cool is a behemoth of a festival that’s grown from strength-to-strength in its four-year existence, however, it made headlines when acrobat Pedro Aunion, living in Brighton at the time, fell to his death in 2017 in front of distressed festival goers.
The rest of the line-up will be revealed in coming weeks. Join the ticket waiting list here