In its 33rd year, the Melbourne International Arts Festival will host psychedelic-rock band from Oklahoma the Flaming Lips.

Rather than play the band’s best-known record, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, the band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough record The Soft Bulletin, playing the album in full. The Soft Bulletin featured heavy use of synthesisers and drum machines and was often compared to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds for its orchestration and harmonics.

The band is known for its extravagant stage shows featuring giant plastic orbs, confetti canons and balloons, as well as experimental recording techniques. Its 1997 album Zaireeka, for example, was released on four separate CDs designed to be played simultaneously on separate sound systems.

The full Melbourne International Arts Festival line-up will be announced on July 16.

The Flaming Lips play as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival on October 3 and 4 at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall. Tickets start at $99, pre-sale tickets go on sale at 9am, Wednesday June 5. General tickets go on sale at 9am, Friday June 7.

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