Quiet clubbing – in which revellers listen to soundtracks piped through headphones – is spinning off exciting activities free from background noise.
Back in 2002, Dutch DJs Nico Okkerse and Michael Minten came up with Silent Disco, a concept that allowed clubbers to listen to their choice of music – from different live sets – via personal headphones. The innovative idea quickly took off around the world, allowing music lovers at nightclubs, festivals and even weddings to dance with wild abandon to whatever tunes that took their fancy.
More popular than ever, quiet clubbing has taken on various guises. In London, global media brand Time Out organises parties in standout locations that include the last surviving tea clipper, the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Clubbers tune in to one of three resident DJs at a party on and below the deck of the 146-year-old ship.
In Australia, comedian Guru Dudu takes a playful approach with his Silent Disco Walking Tours (above) of Melbourne city. Walkers are treated to the funnyman’s unique commentary piped through their headsets, as well as a stream of retro tunes that will have them breaking out into flash mob-style dance and song.