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Psychedelic Rock Legends The Flaming Lips Are Coming to Australia

Expect confetti canons, elaborate costumes and the highly acclaimed 'The Soft Bulletin' album in full — in both Sydney and Melbourne.
By Samantha Teague
June 04, 2019
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Psychedelic Rock Legends The Flaming Lips Are Coming to Australia

Expect confetti canons, elaborate costumes and the highly acclaimed 'The Soft Bulletin' album in full — in both Sydney and Melbourne.
By Samantha Teague
June 04, 2019
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Twenty years after releasing their ninth and most celebrated record, The Soft Bulletin, Oklahoma rock legends The Flaming Lips are heading back Down Under. They're coming to Melbourne and Sydney to play the highly acclaimed album in full, as well as some of their greatest hits.

Taking over the Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall (the latter as part of Melbourne International Arts Festival), The Flaming Lips will bring their signature technicolour shows to life  across four nights. Expect elaborate costumes, confetti cannons and even neon unicorns to fill the stages as the seven-piece band performs hits such as 'Waitin' for a Superman', 'Race for the Prize' and 'A Spoonful Weighs a Ton'.

Released in 1999, The Soft Bulletin is widely accepted as the band's greatest album, named by NME as the Album of the Year and by Pitchfork as a 'masterpiece' and the third best album of the 90s. As well as playing this seminal album in full, The Flaming Lips will also perform some of their other greatest hits, including 'Do You Realize??' and 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1'.

George Salisbury

The Flaming Lips — The Soft Bulletin 20th Anniversary will take place at the Sydney Opera House on September 30 and October 1, and at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne on October 3 and 4. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, June 7, with pre-sale starting at 9am on Wednesday, June 5. To sign-up head to the SOH or Melbourne International Arts Festival website.

Top image: George Salisbury.

Published on June 04, 2019 by Samantha Teague

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