1. Every silent disco I’ve ever attended has been a bust: bad music, lethargic crowd, poor execution. If you’re unfamiliar, attendees use headphones instead of hearing the music out loud, giving the appearance that everyone is dancing in silence. It’s like having a DJ in your head. It sounds cool on paper, but in my experience it never worked—until this week. Monday night’s silent disco inside the Library at Marquee was a total hit. And if you missed it, the nightclub’s lounge hosts a new disco on the first Monday of each month.
2. It succeeded because of the DJ lineup and the option to switch through three different channels on your headphones, which lit up with a different color to let others know your jam. Inside the Library, Lisa Pittman (green) was spinning R&B, rap and old-school hip-hop. Somewhere inside a secret location (red), a mystery DJ was spinning everything from indie to R&B to classic rock. The last channel (blue) synced listeners to the main floor inside Marquee, where Carnage was in control.
3. Not a dancer? That’s okay; there’s enough entertainment jammed inside this little room for everyone. Knowing what folks are listening to and watching them dance will keep you occupied for a while, plus there are go-go dancers. For less shy participants, the color-coded headphones are a fun icebreaker for making a new friend (or fling). And while “Dancing With Myself” never came on (too easy?) I can’t complain about hearing “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Pony” followed by Men at Work’s “Land Down Under” and a remix of “Forever Young,” all in the span of 30 minutes. My partner put it best: “You can choose your own experience and don’t have to be tied to one genre or DJ.” Could this be the future of clubbing?