The clever idea for the socially distanced concert stemmed from the famous clear orb Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has used for years to roll across crowds during the band's festive concerts.
In addition to audience members, both Coyne and the other band members were enclosed in their own plastic bubbles during the Oklahoma City concerts. At one point during the concert, Coyne is seen holding a shiny silver-lettered balloon that reads "F--- YOU COVID19."
The "Space Bubble" concerts were originally scheduled for early December, but had to be postponed because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the Oklahoma metro area.
The Lips did a test run for the "Space Bubble" concert at the Criterion last October. Footage from the event can be seen in the band's live videos for "Assassins of Youth" and "Brother Eye," from their 2020 album, American Head.
See footage from the Flaming Lips' most recent "Space Bubble" concert on YouTube, other clips from the show on Coyne's Instagram account, as well as this photo of the not-yet-inflated bubbles taken from above the concert floor.