Pemberton Music Festival
Up above Whistler in British Columbia, triumphantly returns this year for the first time since 2008. This year, the festival features one of the best overall music and comedy lineups of the year, and we are proud to provide coverage through photos and summaries all weekend.
It never ceases to amaze me how much love the Flaming Lips have to offer their fans in the live setting. Battling sound with Snoop Dogg on Saturday evening was no problem for them or their massive crowd. With each marvelous track of their extremely festival-friendly set, everything else seemed to fade away, and there was only the band, the stage, and the crowd. The Flaming Lips’ music echoed through the valley and up over the mountains and everything was grand. Wayne Coyne remarked over and over again that this was one of the most beautiful settings possible. Meanwhile, the crowd facing the opposite direction of the band agreed completely.
The Flaming Lips have shifted membership a bit in the last couple years. The addition of Derek Brown helped give The Terror fleshed out life when the band toured the record last year, and now, additional backing musicians brought songs both new and old to new levels of live realization. The Lips didn’t pull out a song past 2003 until halfway through the set. “The Abandoned Hospital Ship” and “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate” were warmly welcomed inclusions from the 90s Lips catalogue, while a rousing cover of The Chemical Brothers classic “The Golden Path” became a massive all crowd sing-along and dance party. The Lips broke into At War With The Mystics material with a Wayne-bubble crowd walk to “Vein of Stars”. Then after a stage reset, the band dived head first into The Terror with “Look… The Sun is Rising”. Bizarre and arresting visuals abounded throughout. For older material, the Lips featured a near-endless number of inflatable friends, some possessed by fans pulled from the crowd (including the cartoon hills at Wayne’s feet). For The Terror, Wayne revived the metallic blue suit and the life-giving baby routine atop a massive tower of light. And it goes without saying that all of this was covered in a small forest’s worth of confetti.
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