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10.21.20
Ball Pit

Band Plays Show With Each Audience Member Inside a Plastic Bubble

__Dan Robitzski__Filed Under: Future Society
CBS

Front Row… Seats?

On Monday, iconic rock band The Flaming Lips held a concert in Oklahoma City where everyone — audience and performers included — was sealed in their own plastic bubble.

It’s definitely unusual and seems like the kind of thing that would give me even less of an idea of what to do with my arms during a show. But as NME reports, the bubbles are a creative way to hold a concert during the COVID-19 pandemic without putting everyone there in serious danger. We’re looking at you, Chainsmokers.

Making Do

Just watch as lead singer Wayne Coyne serenades a crowd of bubbled audience members who sometimes try to dance but largely seem confused — while doing the closest approximation of a crowd surf available to him.

“I think that’s kind of the dilemma we’re all in is that are we waiting for it to go back to normal or are we starting to plot, ‘What’s the future look like? What is the future of live music?’” Coyne told BrooklynVegan of the performance.

Breathe Easy

The Flaming Lips suggest that the bubbles — which Coyne says give him enough air for several hours — could be a way to get the live music industry back on track.

While the bubbles are a good coronavirus safety measure for bands that can afford to fill a venue with hermetically-sealed bubbles, though, it’s hard to imagine how smaller venues and performers could manage.

READ MORE: Watch The Flaming Lips play gig with crowd inside plastic bubbles [NME]

More on concerts: German Scientists Are Hosting a Concert to Study How COVID-19 Spreads