5-speed listening (Space Bubbles - Level 2)

Fans get inside space bubbles for rock concert






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A band played the 'World's First Space Bubble Concert'. The audience of the rock group the Flaming Lips were all in giant, plastic bubbles called Zorbs. The band played two concerts in the city of Oklahoma. All band members were inside their own bubble. There were 100 bubbles at the shows. Some bubbles contained three people. The bubbles may allow concerts to go ahead during the pandemic. Every bubble has a special speaker, a water bottle, a battery-operated fan, a towel and an "I gotta go pee" sign. Workers refill the bubble with cool air if it gets too hot.

The idea for the bubbles came from lead singer Wayne Coyne. He often uses a Zorb to roll over the crowd at his concerts. He thought Zorb concerts would be COVID-safe. He said a space bubble concert is "safer than going to the grocery store". He told a magazine: "It's a weird event, but the weirdness is so we can enjoy a concert before putting our families and everybody at risk." He added: "You see people excited, people being happy, and people really having fun....I think it's [the] 'new normal'. You might go to a show, you might not, but I think we're going to...work it out."

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