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Last Updated: Tuesday March 29 2005 19:18 GMT

Glastonbury to host silent disco

An aerial view of Glastonbury 2004
Dance music fans at the Glastonbury festival could be in for a quieter night than usual this year.

The festival organisers have been trying to come up with a quiet way to keep the party going through the night for years, and now have a solution.

People will be given special headphones and when it's time to turn the music off they'll switch them on.

Radio signals will then transmit the tunes the DJ is playing to the crowd, letting them dance on in silence.

Festival organiser Michael Eavis - who owns Worthy Farm in Pilton where the festival is held - said his daughter came up with the idea.

Headphones may be the answer to keeping things quiet
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."

The festival has to be given a licence before it is allowed to happen, and this new silent disco may make that easier in future years.

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