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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 March, 2005, 01:16 GMT 02:16 UK
Glastonbury to party in silence
Revellers at Glastonbury will be partying through headphones
Revellers at this year's Glastonbury Festival will be able to party through the night to music as loud as they want - without disturbing the neighbours.

The festival will host a "silent disco" in an effort by organisers to adhere to imposed noise restrictions.

After the noise curfew comes into force, music will be pumped into headphones given to clubbers, instead of speakers.

Festival organiser Michael Eavis' daughter Emily came up with the idea.

Volume control

Mr Eavis 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," he said.

"It's a first for us, and I will be interested to see how it works."

Festival-goers at the dance tent will be given a free set of headphones complete with bass, volume and treble controls, meaning they can have the music as loud as they like.

The system has been developed by a Dutch firm, which pioneered the "silent disco" at illegal parties as part of a travelling festival in the Netherlands.

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