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Happy Thursday!

It’s finally here! The annual Cruel World Festival will be back at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, May 20 with Siouxsie, Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, The Human League, Adam Ant and many more.

Last year’s event was a scorcher that had all the fans dressed in black, very drenched in sweat. This year, it looks like it’s going to be a comfortable 78-80 degrees on the sprawling grassy grounds. Festival promoters Goldenvoice put a limited number of Cruel World passes on sale when they announced the set times for the show earlier this week. Find out who is playing when and how to score those passes here.

Foo Fighters announce a free livestream concert 

San Fernando Valley-based rock band Foo Fighters will host a special global livestream event dubbed “Foo Fighters: Preparing Music For Concerts,” which launches at noon on Sunday, May 21.

The virtual performance will include the band blasting through its hits and new songs, as well as a few surprises and the reveal of who will be occupying the drumkit in place of Taylor Hawkins, who died suddenly while on tour last year. Find out how to watch the livestream here.

Bust Out The Slow Jams

The I Love RnB Festival is set to take over the grounds just outside of the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach on Saturday, May 27. It’s currently sold out, however festival producers are encouraging fans to sign up for updates on the official website in case additional passes become available.

The single-day event will include sets by Ashanti, Ja Rule, Chingy, Keyshia Cole and more. Here are five jams from the performing artists that we hope to hear live at the event.

Lightning in a Bottle Turns 20

Independent music and arts festival Lightning in a Bottle turns 20 this year. Produced by the Los Angeles-based event company The Do Lab — founded by the Flemming brothers Dede, Josh and Jesse — their once little “mountain rave” has become a major, multi-day affair with some big-name talent.

Though the festival itself has been a bit nomadic as it’s popped up in a variety of locations throughout Southern and Central California over the years, the 20th anniversary is taking place at Buena Vista Lake in Kern County over Memorial Day Weekend. Find out more about the festival and how to get passes here.

Same Same But Different Lineup

The four-day Same Same But Different Festival at Lake Perris announced the lineup for its annual event happening Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Polo & Pan, Griz, Louis The Child, Big Wild and more are scheduled to perform. Get the full lineup and find out how to get passes here.

A Look Back At Just Like Heaven

The Just Like Heaven Festival in Pasadena last weekend was, well, heaven. It was a beautiful day of music courtesy of acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Empire of the Sun and more. Read a full recap of the single-day event and see photos of fans and the artists here.

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BTS K-pop star Suga brings his solo show to the Kia Forum

Until next week, thanks for reading and keep rockin’!

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