This past weekend, New Yorkers gathered in NYC’s boho Union Square park for a SILENT rave.
No, it wasn’t a party for E-popping hearing-impaired.
More than 1,000 people showed up, danced in place and grooved to the tunes coming out of their own iPod headphones.
The “mastermind” behind the silent rave was Jonnie Wesson a British exchange student.
Silent raves are popular in Europe, especially London, where he grew up, Wesson told the NY Times. “The basic premise is that a hundred or a thousand or a few thousand people all turn up in a public place, turn on their own headphones and dance. It’s always fantastic and weird to see thousands of people dancing silently. It’s always in a public space, but it’s not meant to cause disruption, but only because it’s the last place you’d expect that sort of thing.”
One of the largest such silent raves occurred in London in 2006 at Paddington Station, when 3,500 people turned up at the height of rush hour, 7:18 p.m.
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