The Flaming Lips Are Prepping A Concert With A Bubbled Audience

By Katrina Nattress

October 12, 2020

Wayne Coyne's no stranger to bubbles. Aside from performing in them, The Flaming Lips frontman also got married in one! Now, he's prepping a concert where not only is the band bubbled — the audience is too.

Coyne announced the plan while speaking with Brooklyn Vegan. "I mean, it seems absurd, but we at first were just doing it as not a joke, but just as a kind of funny thing, and now it’s becoming kind of serious and real,” he revealed. “We’re starting to get ready to do an actual show where, yeah, there’s three people in each of these space bubbles, and we play… we think maybe playing two shows a night, and getting a big audience in there each time.”

According to the outlet, the show is set to go down in The Flaming Lips' hometown of Oklahoma City. Coyne further detailed his idea during a recent conversation with JamBase. "We, the Flaming Lips, already know how to do space bubbles and we know what people do when they’re in the bubbles. The part that we’re trying to get down is what does the crowd do about going to the bathroom and getting drinks?" he explained. "We don’t want this to be [a super spreader event] like that Smash Mouth [concert]. We want this to be safe and a great experience. Those are the things the venue is allowing us to set up so we can start to figure out how it will work. The part about playing in the bubble, we already have down. It’s how we get the crowd in and out without cross-contamination that we need to figure out, but they’re giving us a few weeks in this venue to figure it out. We’re thinking this will probably happen after the election."

If this goes smoothly, could space bubbles be the future of live music? We'll have to wait and see...

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