October 3, 2013 13:35
The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala offer discounted gig tickets after US government shutdown
The country is currently gridlocked after Congress failed to strike a deal on a new budget
Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips and Pharrell Williams were just some of the nine acts playing at Washington DC venues 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, Lincoln Theatre and Merriweather Post Pavilion offering buy-one-get-one-free tickets to shows this week, the Washington Post reports.
Marky Ramone, Andrew WK, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Steve Aoki also took part in the ' Affordable Ticket Act', where fans were able to purchase tickets at the discounted rate.
The US government closed all non-essential operations on Tuesday (October 1) after Congress failed to agree a deal on a new budget. According to the BBC, the shutdown has left more than 700,000 employees on unpaid leave and closed national parks, tourist sites, government websites, office buildings and more.
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