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Eric B., Paul Oakenfold, The Crystal Method And Other Reasons To Head To The Silent Disco Stage At BottleRock

By Ashlyn Davis

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5 reasons to head to the Lagunitas Stage At BottleRock This Year.

Technology is transforming music culture as we know it. From staging and light displays to sound design, the capabilities and innovations are rapidly redefining the way we experience festivals and concerts. In the case of silent discos, the advancements in RF (radio frequency), Wireless and Bluetooth headphones have allowed the awkward-looking craze to forge its own space in the industry.

HUSHconcerts’ silent disco stage is a case in point–the company has been in the BottleRock mix for the last 7 years. The sold-out festival is known for showcasing the hottest talent around the world, let’s take a look at why the Lagunitas Stage (the silent disco stage) is sounding better than ever this year.

1. The lineup

 

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Eric  B. & Rakim, widely considered one of the greatest hip-hop duos of all time, have recently released The Complete Collection which features all their classics like “Don’t Sweat the Technique” in one expansive catalog. Not only would this be an incredible act to see live, but now you get to listen to an unfiltered version without inane conversations and yelling compromising the experience.

On top of that, the lineup includes Paul Oakenfold, The Crystal Method, The White Panda along with a curated list of local DJs.

2. No curfews

 

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There’s nothing worse than someone pulling the plug when you’re in peak festival mode. It’s just outright rude. That’s where the silent disco stage comes in. While silent discos still aren’t completely silent, they do manage to skirt the licensing limitations of your standard performance.

3. You’re plugged straight into the decks

 

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Consider the beauty of listening to an album on an expensive pair of headphones. Distracting sounds are silenced, your pulse seems to synch with the beat and you feel fully immersed in the music. That’s what happens at a silent disco; you have a direct channel with the artist which means the artist has more scope for creativity and you can pick up the intricacies that would otherwise be lost.

4. Everyone gets to sing along, but no one has to actually endure it

 

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The best thing about a festival is losing yourself in a crowd of people all belting out a number. While the sentiment is great, it comes at the cost of the music. So audiophiles, if you’ve been plagued by the idea of your favorite artist losing you

5. You’re in control

 

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With the rise of Tik Tok and the proliferation of karaoke bars in the past few years, it’s fair to say that audiences are looking to play more of a role in the music they listen to and silent discos are no different. Here you’ll be able to listen to multiple channels and you’ll have full control over the volume, so you don’t have to leave with a mild case of tinnitus unless you really want to.

BottleRock Napa Valley Festival takes place 24-26 May at the Napa Valley Expo. Find more info visit the site here

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