Packer Student Behind Silent Rave

Flickr photo by David Overholt

British exchange student Jonnie Wesson, an 18 year old spending a year here in Brooklyn Heights attending Packer Collegiate Institute, is the mastermind behind the massive “silent rave” held in Union Square Park Friday night:

New York Times: For 1,000 Solo Dancers: Silent raves are popular in Europe, especially London, where he grew up, Mr. Wesson said. “The basic premise is that a hundred or a thousand or a few thousand people all turn up in a public place, turn on their own headphones and dance.”

He added: “It’s always fantastic and weird to see thousands of people dancing silently. It’s always in a public space, but it’s not meant to cause disruption, but only because it’s the last place you’d expect that sort of thing.”

Flickr photo by David Overholt

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  • thepeachtree

    How bizarrely awesome.

  • Chris

    ummm….what’s with the music? Isn’t it supposed to be silent??

  • elvisIII

    turn the sound off. Then it will be silent.

    Happy 420 everyone!!!!

  • Beavis

    Lots of white people.

  • bhbabe

    Yes, Beavis, his friends are from Packer! duh…

  • Beavis

    Exactly my point.

  • Billy Reno

    Come on people! Not ONE Obama sign?!!

    These crazy kids and their wacky Pop Tart flavors!

  • konputer

    Thanks for using my vid :)
    I was dancing around and stuff, but I think it kinda added the excitement of the event more than just standing by and shooting – which I really didn’t want to do.

    Yes, I added the music that was playing in my headphones!

    But the crowdnoise was also mixed in!

  • clarknt67

    some things never change, the exchange students were trouble when I was in High School too.

  • Helena

    Hey!! that’s me with the black T- shirt!!