SHHHHH – it’s a silent disco!

PUBLISHED: 10:27 17 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:08 25 August 2010

EAR THIS: Hundreds of people attended the first silent disco in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College.

EAR THIS: Hundreds of people attended the first silent disco in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College.

HUNDREDS of clubbers descended on a world heritage site for an outdoor disco which didn t upset the neighbours.

HUNDREDS of clubbers descended on a world heritage site for an outdoor disco which didn't upset the neighbours.

Party-goers gathered in an enclosed square for a silent disco in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich last Saturday night, with nothing but a disco ball shielding them from the weather.

Luckily the heavens didn't open at the event which was part of the Greenwich Comedy Festival and DJ OD and Deejay Flo were powering both channels of the crowd's headphones half an hour past the official 1am close.

Upon arrival, muffled singing can be heard and then: "Now your mom threw away your best porno mag" - and it becomes apparent that one of the DJs is playing the Beastie Boys' Sabotage.

The chorus is sung and then the muffled attempts of singing along but not knowing the lyrics continued.

Freelance journalist Rosie Dow, 26, from Blackheath chose the silent disco to celebrate her birthday.

She said: "It is a really beautiful setting. It is nice to be able to take your headphones off and have a conversation. And it is really nice to be outside."

One of the guilty pleasures of a silent disco is taking off the headphones throughout the night and listening to people singing along.

At one point the crowd's singing was heard above the music and then the slow realisation began to dawn on those listening to the other channel, that the others were dancing along to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Deejay Flo declared her love of all music apart from Queen and encouraged those enjoying Depeche Mode to separate from those playing air guitar.

The music, which included MGMT, The Orb, Hot Chip, Felix Da Housecat, Nirvana and Salt 'n' Pepper, was not to everyone's liking.

Acupuncture therapist Sadie Brooks, 27, from Oakwood, North London, said: "They are playing older stuff. If I was DJing tonight I would be playing more current stuff. This song was in the charts when I was 16.

"I came here because I went to a silent disco at Glastonbury and joined their group on facebook. You can't really compare the two events as at Glastonbury people have been drinking from 11am."

The end of the night was topped off with Whitney Houston's cover of I Will Always Love You and Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse Of The Heart which the audience sang with great abandon.

IT engineer Gus Osborne, 27, from Arnos Grove said: "It is the most retarded thing I have ever seen. But it is a lot of fun."

A spokesperson for the Old Royal Naval College said: "We think it was a creative and enjoyable event and something we may consider repeating in the future. We experienced no trouble."

l See Times Out for more Greenwich Comedy Festival reviews.


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