Glastonbury: 1, Amplified Noise Ban: nil

Glastonbury: 1, Amplified Noise Ban: nil

29 March 2005

In accordance with its license, this year's festival will be adhering to ever more strict noise pollution rules designed to avoid disturbing villagers living near to the Pilton Farm site in Sommerset.

However, sympathetic to punters wanting to 'reach for the lasers' all night, event organisers have unveiled plans for a 'Silent Disco' where festival-goers will be given special headsets to hear the DJ play as loud as they wish while the speakers are turned off.

According to a BBC interview, festival organiser Michael Eavis credits daughter and co-orgniser Emily as the idea's brainchild.

He said: "By using headphones the music in the venue can go on well into the night. We have been toying with this idea for years, trying to think of ways to combat the noise limits.

"Now Emily has finally got something together so the party can go on later into the evening without infringing the noise curfew. It's a first for us, and I will be interested to see how it works."

People will be handed a free set of headphones when they enter the tent, complete with bass, volume and treble controls, meaning they can have the music just as they like it.

The system was invented by Dutch company who used it to stage undetectable illegal parties in the Netherlands in the early '90s. Aphex Twin also used the system at his show at the Barbican in London in 2001.

It is also expected that crowds of people at the festival will take it upon themselves to combat the restrictions by engaging in 'acoustic flashmobs', using mobile phones to organise massive gatherings of singers, unplugged guitarists and percussionists to stage spur-of-the moment jams across the festival site.

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