BEEN CAUGHT FLASHING?

Perry Farrell wants to do instant shows and events co-ordinated by text message...

Jane’s Addiction are planning a series of unique gigs that harness the notorious FLASHMOB phenomenon, and one of them will be in the UK.

Flashmob gatherings have begun to occur this year as groups of people gather unexpectedly at a locations at a specific time, staging stunts and protests. The time and place is relayed by a single text message.

Now, Jane’s Addiction singer and activist Perry Farrell plans to use Flashmob for his own ends. Fans who register their mobile phone number through the band’s official website [url=]janesaddiction.com

could get priority access to some exclusive small-scale gigs and parties.

Farrell 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, Perry’s taking the idea to the heart of Jane’s Addiction.

“There’s two things you can do with it,” Farrell told NME.COM. “You can have an instant protest and you can have an instant art project – we like to combine the two. Jane’s Addiction will either perform outside or we’ll have an instant reality. I’m really into the whole idea of sayings and slogans, and just showing up on streets with either artwork or slogans and having kids just trip out for a half hour or so.”

After a series of “trippy parties” at Lollapolooza, and a New Year’s show in Los Angeles, Jane’s Addiction are now planning to take 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’.”

And, says Farrell, the social potential of the Flashmob could be untold: “In this day and age I think you can get very violent and mean when you protest, it doesn’t look like something you’d wanna join. But when we’re doing art too, the artists have such clever ways of saying things. It feels exciting and like something that you’d wanna join. We don’t have to go to the news anymore to gather our information. I love that we can bypass the news, because they’re always partial, and I don’t think they’re very artistic either, so they always make you feel very bummed out.”

Keep your eyes peeled for further clues about the Jane’s Addiction UK Flashmob party.