The Flaming Lips held two shows in Oklahoma this week in which with both the band and their audience were inside individual inflatable balls.
Each show accommodated 100 bubbles, holding up to three people each, with the band inside their own capsules.
Speaking ahead of the concerts, frontman Wayne Coyne said they would be “safer than going to the grocery store”.
“It’s a very restricted, weird event. But the weirdness is so we can enjoy a concert before putting our families and everybody at risk,” Coyne told Rolling Stone last month.
“I think it’s a bit of a new normal – you might go to a show, you might not, but I think we’re going to be able to work it out.”
According to the BBC:
Inside each bubble was a high frequency supplemental speaker – which helped prevent the sound being muffled – as well as a water bottle, a battery-operated fan, a towel and a “I gotta go pee/hot in here” sign.
If it got too hot, the bubble was refilled with cool air using a leaf blower, and fans who needed the bathroom were escorted by venue staff once they had put on a mask and stepped outside their cocoon.
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