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June 29, 2005
Go wild in silence – that’s what it’s all about at the silent disco!
  
It’s a scene familiar to any summer music festival – hundreds of dancing bodies
moving in time. But this one appears to be missing a vital element – sound.

At Britain’s famed Glastonbury music festival this past weekend, festival-goers
took part in a silent disco — music streamed to the audience through personal
sets of wireless headphones. The phenomenon, which looks like the dancers are
jumping around to a nonexistent beat, makes its North American debut at the 7th
Annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival on both Saturday, July 9 and Sunday,
July 10, from noon to 8 p.m. The silent disco will take place at the festival’s
Eglinton Avenue site on Yonge Street, just north of the Eglinton Avenue
intersection.

The wireless headphones, which allow partygoers to tune into a restricted radio
frequency featuring the music of DJs and bands, are the brainchild of 433fm.com’
s Nico Okkerse (a.k.a. DJ No) and business partner Michael Minten from the
Netherlands. Perfected at raves, Glastonbury has been the biggest event at
which the technology has been used.

Limited to 100 at any given time, participants are issued headphones tuned to a
wireless broadcast of a live DJ set that will give them an experience complete
with bass, volume and treble, but at levels the participant controls. The sound
quality is also reputed to be far superior to most outdoor concerts because you
have a full stereo wherever you are.

“Although it’s a very simple thing, people are so amazed the first time they
see it. They are calling all their friends,” said Okkerse. “Some people were
jumping around like crazy, while others were completely concentrating even when
others were jumping around them just feet away. It worked really nicely.”

DJ No will spin dance, house, disco and salsa and even add a little audience
noise into the mix at the silent disco’s Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
debut, so those in attendance still enjoy the atmosphere of being part of a
festival of thousands.

For more information on the Silent Disco and the complete entertainment line-up
for the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, visit www.toronto.ca/special_events
or the public can call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.


Media contact:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events
416-395-7318
gramsay@toronto.ca



 

 

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