Flanked by four 20-foot tall inflatable pink robots, spending portions of the evening singing from inside a zorb ball, and even flying a remote-controlled bird around the venue at one point, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips is fully expecting the laughter he receives when he announces, “I don’t really like gimmicks.”
Because there are even more glorious gimmicks of varying levels of mania throughout a truly unforgettable evening where the band play their breakthrough, acclaimed album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in full for one of the only times in their career thus far.
Troxy, a historic East London venue, certainly earns the title of hidden London gem, located in the former docklands area of Limehouse, a stone’s throw from the capital’s financial centre.
Originally built as the largest cinema in England in 1933, it suffered damage during the Blitz of WWII, coupled with an exodus from the local area saw it closed until 1960.
After stints as an opera singing school and a bingo hall, Troxy became a live events space in 2006. And after a major rebuild project in recent years, it is fittingly stunning and quirky to provide the stage for one of the quirkiest bands on Earth.