Keeper of the Plans

The Flaming Lips will bring their crazy show back to Wichita this summer

The Flaming Lips are coming back to Wichita, and that leaves only one question.

Will there be more hamster-ball crowd surfing?

Popular alternative rock band The Flaming Lips will perform at 7 p.m. July 23 at Wave — part of the band’s summer tour — the venue announced Tuesday.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium will support, alongside Particle Kid.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at, by phone at 316-260-5141, or in person at the box office, 650 E. 2nd Street.

They are $45 for general admission and $80 for VIP packages.

The Flaming Lips appeared as part of the Wichita Riverfest lineup in 2017, and thrilled the crowd when its lead singer surfed over it in a human-sized hamster ball. The band drew 18,000 at Riverfest.

Wave can hold 3,300 people max.

The Flaming Lips’ 15th studio album, “King’s Mouth: Music and Songs” is expected to be released on July 19, just a few days before the Wichita show.

The show is open to all ages.

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Matt Riedl covers arts and entertainment news for the Wichita Eagle and has done so since 2015. He maintains the Keeper of the Plans blog on Facebook, dedicated to keeping Wichitans abreast of all things fun.