Hush, silent party, what was this?
The phenomenon is known as quiet clubbing or a silent party and it’s a growing trend, where noise and other limitations have encouraged promoters to get creative.
When I first heard about silent parties a few years ago, I just didn’t pay any real attention to it. However, when my friend suggested attending Hush a masquerade silent party, hosted by DJ Tate I baulked at first, thinking, “What is this”? “How the hell will I be able to dance looking at someone moving to a different rhythm”? I just could not visually see it work, but now having experienced my first one, I would have to say that I am now undeniably hooked.
It was set to be a glamorous affair and with required masks donned, I was ready. Getting into the venue was easy; we rocked up around 11.45 pm and got straight it, no queues. The staff that greeted you were lovely and once booked in, you were each given a set of headphones with a brief instruction with regards to how to work them. Basically, you had a choice of two channels with the ability to switch channels (DJ’s), which coloured the headset red or blue, depending on the channel chosen and a volume button. The headphones are connected via radio wave to the DJ’s, who could then play live to those listening to the channel. My quick conversation with DJ Tate on the night told me that this was his 3rd event, having launched last year. The tickets were available on DJ Tate’s site and were competitively priced at £8 for the early bird, £12 for standard; thereafter final tickets were sold at £15. The club had a capacity of just over 300 and this event sold out, selling 311 tickets. Held at the Draft House, Chancery Lane, London, it was a little gem, in terms of the venue and location. The venue was indeed attractive, ambient, plush vibes, a dance floor with lots of seating areas, a well-stocked bar and he had a good range of DJ’s. All the essential components for a good feting experience.
To be honest, I loved the vibe of the venue and it had just the right capacity to enjoy the experience. I have to admit, it was weird at first listening to music through a headset in a club. I normally associate that with my train journeys in the morning, now I am in a club with a pair of headphones? So just how was I supposed to chat with my friends when I wanted to? That was not a problem, as you simply took the headphones off when you wanted a chat and you didn’t have to contend with the blare of music in the background. Nevertheless, the second you took the headphones off, it literally sounded like a noisy bar. While the music continued to blare through the headphones, you could actually hold lengthy conversations, or have them on and sing along to music that no one could hear, or wuk up with those that were on the same channel.
The Hush DJ Line up
With the essential DJ’s in place, you could actually judge them by the people around you, depending on the majority channel colour the people had chosen. I truly believe this makes the DJ more aware of the crowd in this type of fete, as at a glance you can see the crowd preference, so you know the challenge is on for you to keep the crowd, your colour and vibe. Everyone has their own personal choices, but my particular shout outs are to Prince Vern, DJ Triple M, DJ NuffGuff (not on the billing) and of course DJ Tate who rocked their sets and had us all switched on to them. Supa Nytro is ardently an acclaimed DJ, but who I feel specialises in dutty DJ tune spinning, if you like them bashment nasty tunes, then this was your DJ and channel. However, this was the beauty of the silent party, you don’t have to continue listening to a tune or DJ you don’t appreciate or have to push through crowds to switch rooms, you flicked a button and bingo! New DJ, no switching rooms, no leaving your mates, moreover there is the introduction of new vibes.
Are there any downsides?
The contentions were minor but the headphones could not actually deal with heavy baselines, it literally made the sound distort. I love music and clubs provide the essential sound system and bass lines that contribute to the quality and tonality. I also overheard conversations that the club was too bright and was in agreement that it needed a lot less light.
Hush or not to hush?
I cannot praise this event enough. I went with a view that clubbing with headphones would not work and now, I just can’t wait for the next experience. This is truly a unique way of experiencing a fete as guests wear wireless headphones and a silent atmosphere instantly transforms into an energetic “quiet” performance. When the Hush silent party headphones were on, the sound was available anywhere in the venue – whether you were at the front, at the back or even in line for the restroom (just because you need to take a break, doesn’t mean the music has to). You can hear the music exactly how it is intended to be heard, regardless of your position in the venue.
Are silent parties the way forward? I am not sure, but based on this event, yes! DJ Tate put on a spectacular event with an array of DJ’s that worked for all the crowd genres.
I would definitely go again, in fact when is the next one DJ Tate?