What is Silent Disco and how does it work?

Silent Bob,September 29th, 2018

What is a Silent Disco? and why is it’s popularity skyrocketing, we hear you asking.

Well our guide to Silent Disco should help to explain just why this quiet craze has swept across Europe and has now arrived on the shores of New Zealand.


First let’s take a look at the history of Silent Disco:

The earliest reference we have is from 1969 when a Finnish science-fiction film Ruusujen Aika (A Time of Roses), mentions characters wear headsets during a party. Then in the 90s, the concept was used by eco-activists at outdoor parties to minimize noise pollution and disturbance to the local wildlife.

Early technology was then used at Glastonbury Festival to screen the World Cup football and music videos after the sound curfew. Into the 2000’s the technology was refined so that eventually multiple channels could be transmitted to wireless headphones worn by attendees, allowing what we now know as the modern Silent Disco to be made possible.


So how does it work?

The simple answer to this is:

Rather than using a speaker system like at a traditional party, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. So without the headphones you can’t hear any music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing.


But what happens at a Silent Disco?

Well it’s mostly just lots of people, dancing around completely free of any inhibitions. Tone deaf? Not a problem, with our headphones eliminating most ambient noise you can sing along knowing that no one will hear you hit that bum note.

Silent disco technology enables you to enjoy your party in relative peace, listening to the music you like and changing channels when you’re ready for something different.


What else can I do besides a party?

Well silent disco technology has so many applications besides a party! The most exciting being our tours of Wellington where you can dance and sing your way down the most beautiful, scenic waterfront in a roaming flashmob of fun.

Other great places to enjoy the technology are in exercise classes like yoga on the beach, for school events, in the theatre or even in retirement homes.


We offer:

Silent Disco Equipment Rental
Silent Disco Adventure Tours
Corporate hire and event planning


The only limits are your imagination! If you have a great idea, why not get in touch and see how we can make it happen.