Neo-psychedelic pioneers The Flaming Lips come to Birmingham

The Flaming Lips come to Birmingham's Rainbow Venues, joined by Public Service Broadcasting for a summer celebration of psychedelia and post punk.

Lorna Gray

Last updated: 18th Jul 2017.
Originally published: 7th Apr 2017

Image: The Flaming Lips (credit Rubato Photo)

Crashing down to Earth from their unworldly alien habitat, The Flaming Lips are to grace Birmingham's Rainbow Venues this summer. With a musical career spanning over three decades, the neo-psychedelic outfit have an album list that includes more than ten releases. 

The quirky collective, fronted by the ever eccentric Wayne Coyne, blend a number of genres and influences into a multi-layered arrangement of melodies and space sound elements, the final result being an extraordinarily obscure modern psych composition. 

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Equally as obscure are their live shows, which have become widely renowned for abnormality and antics. With impressive light shows, vibrant costumes, puppets and the lead singer inevitably clambering over the crowd in a zorb, witnessing this band live creates a completely immersive full sensory experience. 

Joining them are the experimental and instrumental alt rock band, Public Service Broadcasting. Including a theremin in their set up among more traditional and classical instruments like the guitar, piano and banjo, the band fuse together contrasting styles to create their noise. The London music makers take influence from krautrock and electronica and will bring their unusual sound to Birmingham to support The Flaming Lips on Saturday 12th August. 

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