Counting down to The Cure: Predicting the setlist

Predicting which tracks a band will play at its next live show is impossible. But thanks to the interwebz, we can track themes and what The Cure’s played over the past over a year to try make an educated guess as to which tracks they’ll perform in Egoli-land later this week, and the place-where-we-almost-ran-out-of-water – next week.

We’d like to think The Cure is in historic mode right now. We’ve reported on how the band will soon be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The post-punk geniuses will play a huge Disintegration tribute show in Australia. And they’re busy with their first album in yonks, with rumours suggesting it’ll release late this year.

Based on very informed thumb-sucking and search algorithms, we’re certain an SA setlist will be well over two-hours long.

Expect some obscure songs, but history tells us there’s a slim chance they’ll play “Love Cats” or “Sinking”.

  • Open/Underneath the Stars
  • Plainsong
  • Pictures of You
  • Shake Dog Shake
  • A Night Like This
  • alt.end
  • High
  • The End of the World
  • Push
  • In Between Days
  • From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
  • Burn
  • Let’s Go to Bed
  • A Forest
  • Lovesong
  • Fascination Street
  • If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
  • Closedown
  • Just Like Heaven
  • The Hungry Ghost
  • It’s Over/Disintegration


  • Why Can’t I Be You?
  • Lullaby
  • Other Voices
  • Close to Me
  • Friday I’m in Love
  • Hot Hot Hot!!!
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • Jumping Someone Else’s Train
  • 10:15 Saturday Night
  • Killing an Arab

Don’t agree? Let us know in the comments.

In the meantime, check out our playlists of The Cure’s most underrated tracks on Google Music and Spotify.

You can also get your last-minute tickets at Computicket here.