They came to dance on silent night

By Jennifer Lipman, February 3, 2011
Philippa Nisner, Melanie Wolfson

Philippa Nisner, Melanie Wolfson

It was an unusually quiet night for London's young party-goers as they raised nearly £9,000 for Magen David Adom from a silent disco.

More than 400 quiet revellers turned up for the new Young MDA committee's inaugural event at the Hideout Club, London Bridge, on Saturday night.

Rather than music blaring out of speakers, guests were given wireless headphones and the opportunity to switch between channels to suit their musical preferences.

Serious clubbers chose dance music while mainstream music fans opted for the channel offering sugary 1990s' pop from the likes of Ricky Martin and Steps.

There was the additional attraction of observing friends sing and dance to music only they could hear.

Sabrina Moss and David Sherman

Sabrina Moss and David Sherman

For a touch of colour, organisers provided glowsticks and neon face-paint and proceeds were swelled by a raffle for prizes including tickets to a West End show and a bottle of high-end whisky.

The "silent" treatment appeared to work well for most.

Sophie Kay, 23, said the concept offered a change from a typical club night.

"I'd never been to one before but really enjoyed it," she said. "Even though it's just a gimmick, it really breaks the ice.

"People were sceptical about it working, but once the headphones were on you forgot that the music wasn't playing out loud."

YMDA committee chair David Greenberg was delighted by the success of the evening."It was fantastic to see so many new people supporting MDA for the first time."

See more pictures from the Silent Disco here

Last updated: 10:50am, February 4 2011