The Flaming Lips have held two ‘covid-safe’ gigs in Oklahoma, with both the band and their audience inside individual inflatable balls.
The concept for the show took inspiration from frontman Wayne Coyne’s own zorb ball, which he usually rolls over the crowd in during performances.
Each show accommodated 100 bubbles, holding up to three people each, with the band inside their own capsules.
In Coyne’s opinion, the ‘space bubbles’ are "safer than going to the grocery store".
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 became too hot, the bubble was refilled with cool air using a leaf blower, and fans who needed to use the toilets were escorted by venue staff once they had put on a mask and stepped outside their cocoon.