As home to Juilliard, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Lincoln Center frequently produces performances with inspiring music. However, the Manhattan-based arts organization is currently busy coordinating a major production in Queens that will feature dancing, synchronized beats and hip urban fashion, but there will be no sound.
On Thursday, Lincoln Center Local will present the second annual Silent Disco at Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City. Party-goers will put on wireless earphones and listen to live music by DJ Rimarkable and Eric Silvey Entertainment being broadcast via a radio transmitter. They will then be able to shake their groove things in the outdoor space, which is leased by LIC Landing by Coffeed, without bothering the neighbors. (The earphones are free, but a credit card or ID is needed to borrow them.)
A massive lesson on the Hustle and other smooth moves from the era will kick off the fun at about 6 p.m. If the weather is amenable, participants will boogie until 10 p.m. with stars above and the Midtown Manhattan skyline to the west. Organizers expect at least 1,200 attendees.
The term “silent disco” probably dates back to the 2005 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee, although the first headphones-only concert took place at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales in 2000.