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Silent disco

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A silent disco or silent rave is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones.[1] Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing.

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Silent disco party in New York on April 8, 2016

In the earliest days of silent discos, before 2005, music was transmitted on a single channel. Later a second and a third channel were introduced, transmitting different music.[citation needed]

Silent discos are popular at music festivals as they allow dancing to continue past noise curfews. Similar events are "mobile clubbing" gatherings, where a group of people dance to the music on their personal music players.[citation needed]

A series of silent discos taking place in cathedrals and historic buildings around the UK and Europe was organised in 2024.[2][3]

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