Psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips bring their elaborate live show to Norwich

Oklahoma psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips will play the UEA in June in support of latest album O

Oklahoma psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips will play the UEA in June in support of latest album Oczy Mlody. Picture: Bella Union - Credit: Bella Union

With shows featuring costumes, large amounts of confetti and frontman Wayne Coyne in a man-sized plastic bubble, the UEA gig is sure to be a spectacle.

Grammy-Award winning psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips are bringing their notoriously extravagant live show to Norwich.

Led by Wayne Coyne, the band will play the UEA's LCR on June 26 as part of a UK tour in support of their 14th album Oczy Mlody.

Enduring, influential and unpredictable, band, formed in Oklahoma in 1983, are much acclaimed for their elaborate live shows which has made them life-affirming festival favourites.

Their shows often feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience.


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Musically they are lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles — such as Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles and Yeah, I Know It's a Drag... But Wastin' Pigs Is Still Radical.

Always unpredictable, in the past decade they have released freaky Beatles covers, 2013's darkly wondrous album The Terror and formed an unlikely musical bond with Miley Cyrus.

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Oczy Mlody, described by frontman Wayne Coyne as sounding like 'Syd Barratt meets A$AP Rocky', continues their musical adventures with meandering jams, trip-hop grooves, a narrative about 'the love generation' and an actual frog chorus.

Lighter and more whimsical and previous releases, it is no less experimental in nature, but perhaps more melodically song-oriented, recalling the best parts of their most critically applauded albums The Soft Bulletin and the gold-certified, much-loved Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.

• The Flaming Lips plays UEA LCR on June 26. Tickets go on sale at 10am on March 31.

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