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article imageSalzburg's 'silent disco' is too noisy

By Anne Sewell     Jul 17, 2014 in Odd News
Salzberg - In what sounds rather like a contradiction in terms, a "silent disco" in Salzburg is in trouble for making too much noise. Apparently its stopping people from being able to sleep.
Authorities from the city of Salzburg have decided to not renew a license for the silent disco in the Volksgarten, as they have received complaints that it is “too loud and wild.”
Basically, at a silent disco, everyone wears wireless headphones and the music is broadcast to them via a radio transmitter. Apparently it can be strange for those not wearing the headphones as they can hear no music but can see everyone dancing around the room, apparently to nothing.
Anyway, despite the fact that no music can be heard without said headphones, the mayor of Salzburg, Heinz Schaden, has stated that the disco is too loud for the local residents.
He said, “Especially at the weekends the young people are staying up until 4am and later… In the summer people want to sleep with their windows open, and the noise — even from a silent disco — is keeping them up.”
However, the silent disco has been running for four years now, and Werner Purkhart, the person running it, says he is not happy about the situation.
"I have seen not a single police car pull up outside the silent disco - so there can’t have been that many complaints. It seems unfair to shut down an institution like the silent disco just because of some rumors,” he said.
After he complained to them, apparently members of the city council will be meeting with them Thursday to discuss the matter. According to Purkhart, if they still refuse to renew the license, they will be holding a “silent demonstration” in protest.
According to Wikipedia, the silent disco is becoming a popular phenomenon where often, two DJs compete for the listeners attention, and which allows clubs to stay open after normal closing hours.
Austrian sources:
The Local
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