Silent Party to turn up again in Springfield

Attendees wear headphones, listen to DJs.First local event was outdoors last summer.

The party is coming indoors for the winter.

After its Springfield debut outing late last summer outdoors in the National Road Commons Park, the Not So Loud Silent Party is moving inside.

The next phase will be 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Jan. 15, at Springfield’s Station 1, 325 N. Fountain Ave.

There is no cover charge to attend, but attendees must be age 21 or older and will need to provide a deposit for headphones.

Attendees at silent parties wear studio-style, noise-canceling headphones that tune in a DJ’s music. There will be three channels of music including 1980s, ’90s and 2000s hip-hop and dance music that the user can switch to at will.

Chris Chilton, a DJ and organizer, said Silent Parties are a sensory sensation when attendees slip on the headphones. “When you open your mind to it, you immerse yourself in the music, and other people will be singing and shouting together.”

The indoor environment may bring people together more as opposed to the larger outdoor venue the previous Silent Party was at.

Chilton said Not So Loud Silent Parties are still in their trial period, and he’s in talks to bring the activity to the Dayton area. He mixes these in with his other active schedule as DJ Chill.

He thinks Thursday’s event will be a welcome change for especially the college-age crowd looking for new experiences. And he especially enjoys offering this unique opportunity, still fairly new to the United States, to his hometown.

“I’d like to see the people try something a little different. Come on out and try for no cost.”

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