The Flaming Lips
Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips is famous for his carnival-style live show extravaganzas, appearing in a Human-sized hamster ball as a staple part of the band’s live experience since 2004. I had the personal joy of seeing them at the fantastic Green Man Festival in 2010.
Last week, the band took the strangely obvious next step, staging a unique pair of gigs in Oklahoma with both the band and their audience inside these individual inflatable/space/hamster balls.
A sight that would have been very difficult to imagine a year ago rings with ingenuity, allowing their immersive shows to go ahead in a style consistent with their performances to date.
Gigs like this one demonstrate the fact that punters are not only willing but eager to attend reimagined live events, no matter how unconventional they may seem. The success and traction of these shows will likely spur more creative freedom in the sector, and we can’t wait to see what that looks like.
The Government’s announcement on the 22nd of February should bring some of the good news we’re all hoping for, particularly given the so-far remarkable rollout of the vaccine. Either way, on the other side of all of this, expectations of what live events can be will be radically altered, and if immersive experiences like the ones put on by The Flaming Lips are anything to go by, that is no bad thing.
Check out the show here.
Tune of the Week
Sailing On by Toots & The Maytals
Album: In The Dark
Released: 1973 (Island Records)
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Podcast of the Week
Science(ish) comes recommended by our last feature, Blindboy. Flâneur and irrepressible commentator, Rick Edwards, and “Indiana Jones in a lab coat” Dr. Michael Brooks, delve into the science behind popular culture.
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