COVID-Era ‘Space Bubble’ Concerts Are A Thing And Let’s Goooooooo

Wayne Coyne Instagram

The Flaming Lips held a live performance the place everybody (together with the band) had their very own COVID-safe bubble

Remember in October 2020, after we all stated we couldn’t look ahead to the 12 months to be over as a result of 2021 was going to be our 12 months? First of all, hahahahahahahaha, second of all, 2021 has confirmed to be much more of a WTF than final 12 months. And so in the identical spirit of “anything can happen,” 2021 and Flaming Lips current: an Oklahoma “space bubble” live performance expertise tailored for our instances.

Lead singer of The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne posted photographs from the January 22, 2021 live performance on Instagram, and it seems WILD. Both band members and concert-goers have been encased in bubbles, whereas flashing lights, a disco ball, balloons, streamers, with a metric shit-ton of confetti scattered the venue.

After nearly a 12 months of sheltering in place, this seems just like the enjoyable we want.

Rappler stories there have been 100 bubbles, every able to holding 3 individuals, max. The BBC explains that every live performance bubble got here with sufficient air for at the least an hour and 10 minutes, a speaker, a fan, water, a towel to wipe down condensation, and an indication which learn “I gotta go pee/It’s hot in here.” The bubble individuals confirmed the signal to ushers who would then escort the bubblers to the toilet (masks on, in fact), or pump cool air into the sphere, relying on the circumstance.

Pre-bubble insertion, concert-goers have been required to put on masks once they have been exterior their bubbles, however have been allowed to take them off contained in the bubble.

The band had a bubble live performance final 12 months on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, form of a apply bubble, if you’ll. The Flaming Lips have carried out in plastic bubble earlier than, however these live shows mark the primary time the viewers have been bubbled up as effectively.

The Oklahoma live shows enchantment to cautious rockers and introverts alike, though the cliche “alone in a crowded room” has by no means felt so true.

I do have questions, although. Heat and toilet breaks apart, in case you are enclosed in a bubble for hours, that Eternity for Men cologne your hubby wears goes to odor like everlasting damnation. People sharing bubbles would additionally have to insist on a handshake settlement about in-bubble farting or burping.

Once we agreed on these phrases although, (no backsies), I’d be in. Anything to get out of the home and really feel like I’m a part of the world once more. Even if I’m encased in plastic.

According to an educational video posted on the singer’s Instagram feed, on the finish of the live performance everybody wanted to roll their bubbles to the exit door, the place they have been required to re-attach masks earlier than unzipping and leaving the venue.

“Safety, safety, safety,” Coyne advised followers. “But fun too!”

Wild instances we’re residing in.


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