Who are The Cure, when did they first headline Glastonbury and are they still touring?


THE CURE, fronted by Robert Smith, became the poster boys for emerging Gothic rock when they first made their debut in the 1970s.

Now, they will close Glastonbury festival when they take to the Pyramid Stage on Sunday, June 20, 2019. We take a look back at their history and what you can expect from their performance.

The Cure are playing Glastonbury 2019
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Who are The Cure?

The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley in 1976.

The group have had several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys (1979).

This, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the UK’s punk rock revolution.

During the early 1980s, the band’s increasingly dark music became the backdrop for the emerging Gothic rock era.

The ban’s line-up has changed a lot since the 80s
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What can fans expect from The Cure at Glastonbury 2019?

The band will headline Glastonbury on Sunday June 30, meaning they will close the festival.

In 2018 The Cure celebrated 40 years at British Summer Time in Hyde Park.

The setlist for this gig will probably give you a good idea of what they will play at Glasto.

Songs they belted out included everything from In Between Days, Friday I’m In Love and The Walk to the quirky Caterpillar, Close To Me to the weepy song Pictures Of You.

The Hyde Park set ended some of The Cure’s earliest songs, which included Boys Don’t Cry, Jumping Someone Else’s Train, Grinding Halt, and their first single, Killing An Arab.

So expect a trip down memory lane at Glastonbury 2019.

The last time The Cure headlined Glastonbury was in 1995
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When did The Cure first headline Glastonbury?

Following the success of their 1985 album The Head On The Door and its singles Close To Me and In Between Days, the following year saw The Cure’s first headline appearance at the famous festival.

Next time they headlined was in 1990.

But the last time they were at the big event was in 1995.

The Cure have been a band for 40 years
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What did The Cure play at Glastonbury in 1986?

The band played these songs in this order:

  • Shake Dog Shake
  • Play For Today
  • Kyoto Song
  • Primary
  • Charlotte Sometimes
  • A Strange Day
  • In Between Days
  • The Walk
  • A Night Like This
  • One Hundred Years
  • Push
  • A Forest
  • Sinking
  • Encore 1: Close To Me/ Let’s Go To Bed
  • Encore 2: Give Me It / Boys Don’t Cry
  • Encore 3: Faith / Pornography

Are The Cure touring?

The Cure are just performing at European festivals in 2019.

The closest to home is Glastonbury and then the Glasgow Summer Sessions on August 16, 2019.

You can find out more on their website.



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