Beckoned by the alluring movements of a diverse pack of fenced in dancers, I wandered my way up past the Hardly Strictly festival crowds into a eucalyptus grove lending its shade to the HUSH Silent Disco. With bluegrass at full swing below us, we slapped on luxurious headphones and stepped into a different world reminiscent of some futuristic science fiction film. Like clockwork, festival goers similarly were transformed from mere folk spectators into aggressively enthused dancers.
Silent discos became popular in Europe in the early 2000s, but it wasn’t until Robbie Kowal started Silent Frisco, now HUSH, that said quiet dance parties started to be received with a shimmying embrace by young and old alike in the States, according to DJ Uplift.
The way it works: Up to three DJ’s spin, headphones bump through a non-disrupted registered FM band, disco goers dance, switch between channels and control volume to their liking. Otolaryngologists and neighbors approve.
DJ Uplift rejoices over the solution to the long-felt problem of the inevitable noise ordinance that ends any good forest rave. Some obvious benefits: longer parties, sleep for those who are into that sort of thing.
Uplift has discovered why Silent Discos are so unique. “It’s a different connection