The Cure played an epic three-hour set at Portugal’s Optimus Alive festival on Friday (July 14), closing the main stage at 3am after coming back for three encores.
The band, who were forced to play an acoustic set at Spain’s BBK festival earlier this weekend after their equipment failed, were on top form, maintaining 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”.
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.
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