In these unprecedented times, the whole world is changing. Nothing is the same, but many fear that these new ways of living are going to become the new norm. One industry in particular that has taken a hit during this pandemic and lockdown, is the music industry. Countless festivals and gigs have been canceled due to social distancing being an issue, but that all may change as a rock band has found a new and innovative way of getting around this.
The Flaming Lips, and iconic rock band, held a concert in Oklahoma City on Monday. How though? Well, to bypass local social distancing laws, everyone, including audience and performers, were sealed in their own plastic bubble. While it may seem unusual, especially during a rock concert, they are a creative way to hold a concert during the COVID-19 pandemic without putting everyone there in serious danger. This could very well become a regular sight at concerts all over the world.
Lead singer, Wayne Coyne, can be seen serenading a crowd of bubbled audience members who while attempt to dance at times, often seem confused and not sure what to make of the concert. The dilemma that everyone is in currently is what the future is for live music. Is this what future concerts will be? Everyone restricted to their own personal bubbles?
Of course, the one question on everyone’s mind is breathing. Eventually, the oxygen will run out in these sealed bubbles so how long can each concert last? The Flaming Lips suggest that the bubbles will be a good way of getting the live music industry back up and running as each one holds enough air to last for several hours. For bands such as The Flaming Lips, who manage to fill large venues, these bubbles are a good alternative to traditional concerts. However smaller bands and acts might struggle to afford such precautionary measures.
While these bubbles are a great, creative way of temporarily getting a much-needed injection of money into the live music industry, it only really works for larger, more well-known acts and performers. That said, it seems to work and while it may seem a bit odd at first, for both audience and performers, just like everything else - we’ll get used to it over time. It might even become the only way to see live music for a long time to come!