Cruel World Festival performers return after Saturday's evacuation at Rose Bowl

The stars are back at the Rose Bowl Sunday after thunderstorm moving through the Pasadena area forced evacuations the day before.

Cell phone video from an attendee captured punk icon Iggy Pop "We have lightning we need to evacuate the stage." The venue would then Tweet, asking for concertgoers to leave the area and head to their cars. 

It was a result of what the National Weather Service called a "strong thunderstorm moving southwest from near Mt. Wilson to between Pasadena and Monrovia. This storm may produce strong gusty winds, heavy downpours, lightning and small hail."

In an update Sunday, the festival issued a statement saying in part "at the direction of Pasadena Fire Department, the venue was evacuated due to unsafe weather conditions and lightning strikes in the area."

Headliners Siouxsie and Iggy Pop returned to Brookside at The Rose Bowl Sunday with Siouxsie performing an extended set. 

"All Saturday pass types will be allowed access into the venue. Doors open at 5 p.m.," the statement added.

FKOA/Goldenvoice founded the Cruel World Festival in 2020 as an annual music event at Brookside at the Rose Bowl featuring top new wave, post- punk, gothic rock and alternative rock performers.

City News Service contributed to this report.