Jane's Addiction Soundwave Festival 2010
Dave Navarro and Perry Farrell performing at the 2010 Soundwave Festival in Perth.

Jane’s Addiction are planning a series of unique gigs inspired by the notorious Flashmob phenomenon, and one of them will be in UK.

Flashmobs are groups of who people gather unexpectedly at a location at the specific time, staging stunts and protest. The time and place is relayed by a single text message.

Now, Jane’s Addiction singer and activist Perry Farrel plants to use Flashmob for his own ends. Fans who register their mobile phone number through the band’s official website could get priority access to some exclusive small-scale gigs and parties.

Farrel has already used text messaging in the US with interactive ‘Lollatron’ boards at this summer’s Lollapolooza festival. Seeing the potential in the Flashmob phenomenon, he’s taking the idea to the heart of Jane’s Addiction.

“There’s two things you can do with it,” Farrel told. “You can have an instant protest and you can have an instant art project – we like to combile the two. Jane’s will either perform outside or we’ll have an instant reality. I’m really into the whole idea of sayings and slogans.”

After a series of “trippy parties” at Lollapolooza, and a new-year show in Los Angeles, Jane’s are now planning to bring the Flashmob, and its peculiar ways, to the UK.

“We invite people to dress in what I call ‘riot chic’, which is like a combination of riot gear with S&M, because I feel like the world’s in bondage. It also speaks volumes when people see the people that are down there. They’ll wear these icons and logos and things, and it might say ‘SPOIL’ but the ‘OIL”s in red. You’ll drive away thinking, I don’t know what the hell that was, but I think I wanna pull over.”

Jane’s Addiction is usually regarded as one of the most influential acts in alternative music.

© NME October 25, 2003

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