Never underestimate man’s ability to find more obnoxious ways to make noise

Photo credit: ben dalton licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

And oh the irony that this assault on one’s senses (and sensibility) is termed a “silent disco.”  What is a silent disco?  It’s when a bunch of extroverts don wireless headphones playing pop music and dance their way through formerly delightful parts of European cities, stopping occasionally to shout out lyrics together, as a sort of fresh hell ensemble. Here’s a sample:

Fortunately, residents of Edinburgh, Scotland have a city government that understands their concerns and is responding in the only responsible way: Edinburgh to ban “silent discos.”



Comments (2)

  1. Dr Craig Knight

    How do we get a corps (i.e., Starbucks) to turn down the music and to discontinue the attack on our sensory system, specifically early in the morning when sipping on a coffee attempting to read/prepare for the work day? Loud music and influencing people to not sit in the coffee shop translates into more profit (i.e., less refills) for them. I have to wear ear plugs to … Filing complaints and asking unaware staff to turn it down has proven to be futile!

    1. GMB (Post author)

      Dr. Daniel Fink suggests asking politely and then if they say no or don’t lower the music, getting up and telling the manager why you are leaving and never coming back. I would add that sending an email or engaging the business on social media might help. One goal we have at Silencity is to influence restaurateurs and other business owners to turn down the music. You might also want to look at Pipe Down, a UK based group that works to get piped music out of public spaces.


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