Live music in bubble: Flaming Lips play to packed house amid coronavirus pandemic

Live music in bubble: Flaming Lips play to packed house amid coronavirus pandemic
FILE PHOTO: Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performs at Bourbon and Beyond Music Festival at Kentucky Exposition Center on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Bubbles like Coyne's were used recently so the band could perform in front of a live audience. The audience was housed in individual bubbles. (Amy Harris/Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

The show will go on now that one band has come up with a unique way to play to an in-person audience.

The Flaming Lips held two concerts in Oklahoma filled with 100 bubbles.

But the bubbles weren’t floating in the air and made of soap; instead, they were plastic globes that could hold up to three people.

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The idea was inspired by the bubble that is used by the band’s frontman, Wayne Coyne, who uses it to roll over the crowd during a concert, BBC News reported.

Coyne and the rest of the Flaming Lips also performed in similar enclosures during the Oklahoma City dates, Billboard reported.

The bubbles have a high-frequency supplemental speaker so those inside the barrier can hear the music clearly. It also has a water bottle and a sign that can be held up if the bubble gets uncomfortably hot or if the concertgoer has to run to the restroom.

If the air gets stifling, the bubble will be refilled with cool air from a leaf blower.

If a person inside needs a bathroom break, they don their mask and are allowed out to be escorted to the facilities.

A test concert was held with the bubble system in June during an appearance on “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” BBC News reported. It was also featured in live videos for “Assassins of Youth” and “Brother Eye,” Billboard reported.

The bubbles were to be rolled out in December, but a COVID-19 spike caused the concerts’ rescheduling, Billboard reported.

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