band has played what is being called 'World's First Space Bubble Concert'. psychedelic-rock group Flaming Lips played to audience who were all in giant, inflatable plastic bubbles. bubbles are called Zorb balls. band played two concerts in their native city of Oklahoma. All band members were also inside their own Zorb bubble. There were 100 bubbles at shows. Some of bubbles contained three people. bubbles may be one way for concerts to go ahead during pandemic. Each bubble has special speaker, water bottle, battery-operated fan, a towel and an "I gotta go pee/hot in here" sign. Workers refill the bubble with cool air if it gets too hot.
idea for the bubble concerts came from band's lead singer Wayne Coyne. He often uses Zorb ball to roll over crowd during his concerts. He decided that concerts would be COVID-safe if everyone was in Zorb. He said attending space bubble concert is "safer than going to the grocery store". He told Rolling Stone magazine: "It's a very restricted, weird event, but the weirdness is so we can enjoy 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 bit of 'new normal'. You might go to a show, you might not, but I think we're going to be able to work it out."