The first headliner show of the festival was, in short, an unforgettable performance from a band long past their prime.
Recent years have not been too kind to fans of The Flaming Lips, with unnecessary covers of The Beatles and that abysmal collaboration with Miley Cyrus.
Still, the band have not forgotten how to give a magical performance. The stage was vibrant with lush lighting and beautiful colors. Wayne Coyne, boasting an eccentric outfit with a flower on his crotch, made a remarkable effort to get the audience involved. Giant balloons were launched into the crowd, along with confetti, creating an unforgettable sight. At one point, Coyne even stopped the song to tell the audience that they were not getting into the motions of the song enough and proceeded to instruct them on how to do a correct karate chop. Coyne’s interruption was playful and relaxed, promoting the casual and fun environment he had created throughout the venue.
The setlist they played was interesting. The majority of the songs came from The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, which were released in 1999 and 2002, respectively. In fact, recent Flaming Lips’ albums made no appearance at the festival. The decision to play nothing but songs from their prime made for a very interesting show. It would not have nearly been as effective if they had played their more recent albums.
You can check out photos of the entire set below.