Credit to the author Go SIlent Disco
Silent Disco is like any other disco, with one significant difference – listening to music or not is entirely up to the audience.
The concept began in 2002 at an event which was hosted by a Dutch company called 433fm. UK’s Glastonbury Festival hosted a silent party in order to work around noise restrictions in 2005, since then, the idea took off – First throughout Europe, and later, globally.
How does silent party work?
This concept is widely used in discos nowadays where people dance wearing wireless headphones rather than using a speaker system to transmit the music. No music is heard by onlookers and those who aren’t wearing headphones – For them, a silent party may be hilarious and a little weird to look at. They will soon notice that not all participants are dancing to the same tune. Half of the crowd would, for example sing along to Katy Perry’s Fireworks while the other half dance to the beat of Flo Rida’s Right Round. As strange as it looks, curiosity fills the room turning bystanders into grooving participants.
These initially weird looking dance demographics emerge from the fact that the wireless headphones receive their music from signal that is being broadcast via a dual channel transmitter. This means that 2 DJs can play different music at the same time and compete for listeners. When boredom strikes, as it sometimes does, one can just switch the channel on their wireless headphones and listen to the other music. Volume is also adjustable so listeners can participate in a conversation without shouting at one another while risking the loss of voice.