‘The Flaming Lips Space Bubble Film’ now streaming on Criterion Channel

The Flaming Lips have long been known for their grand experiments, and one of their most ambitious were their 2020 space bubble concerts during the height of the Covid pandemic, where the band performed and the audience watched in individual inflatable "space bubbles" like the ones Wayne Coyne has been using at shows over the last decade or so. Staged in the band's hometown of Oklahoma City, the shows were filmed, and there's now a concert documentary, The Flaming Lips Space Bubble Film, which was co-directed by Coyne and Blake Studdard, and mixes concert footage along with the story of how the shows came to be. Here's the synopsis:

This blissful concert documentary tells the story behind an ingenious spectacle devised by psych-roch legends the Flaming Lips in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the Space Bubble Concerts, in which band and audience members alike were encased in individual, transparent orbs. Starting simply as an image that Wayne Coyne, the leader and visual artist of the band, drew as a funny reflection on life in 2020, the idea captured the imagination of fans and media alike and the band soon proceeded to make the COVID-safe space-bubble concerts a reality. THE FLAMING LIPS SPACE BUBBLE FILM chronicles the myriad logistical challenges of putting on the show at the height of the pandemic and the glory of music created by a band connecting to an audience in a joyous, safe, and socially distanced way never tried before.

The Flaming Lips Space Bubble Film is currently streaming exclusively on the Criterion Channel and subscribers can watch that here. There hasn't been a trailer released for it but you can watch video of the band performing "Assassins of Youth" from American Head, and watch the post-premiere Q&A with Coyne and Studdard and Stephen Jenkins from July, below.

In other news, The Flaming Lips will release the Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots 20th anniversary box set on November 25. Read our anniversary piece on the album here.

You can pick up Flaming Lips vinyl in the BV shop.