Rock band The Flaming Lips hold two concerts with 100 protective 'bubbles'

Flaming Lips give a socially-distanced "Space Bubble" concert. PHOTO: REUTERS
Flaming Lips give a socially-distanced "Space Bubble" concert. PHOTO: REUTERS

OKLAHOMA (REUTERS) - American rock band The Flaming Lips have come up with a creative way to put on live shows in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic - putting themselves and their audience in protective "space bubbles".

The group performed two concerts over the weekend in Oklahoma, where audience members danced along while enclosed in plastic bubbles.

In pre-show posts, photographer and cameraman Nathan Poppe tweeted pictures of the venue, saying there were 100 bubbles, each capable of holding a maximum of three people.

The capsules were equipped with a speaker, fan, bottle of water, towel and a sign reading "I gotta go pee/It's hot in here" to be shown to stewards, who escorted revellers or refilled the bubbles with cool air.

Attendees had to wear masks when outside their bubble, but could take them off inside, an instructional video shared by lead singer Wayne Coyne, showed.

He had made it his trademark over the years to perform inside a giant bubble and even crowd-surf in it.

"I think we're quite lucky that the fans of The Flaming Lips kind of like this ... adventure," Coyne said.

"It's not just another concert... you're part of this thing and it's never been done before ... They're quite up for it being different."

The group had held a practice bubble show run last year, when the global pandemic forced most concerts to be cancelled or postponed.

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