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Keep the noise down, everyone. It’s about to get wild in here.

The quiet clubbing trend officially tip-toed into Ottawa last weekend, but we couldn’t blame you for not noticing. It all went down at Mooney’s Bay Park on Friday, where about 75 people turned up to shake their stuff in complete silence. OK, it’s not totally silent. Quiet clubbing differs from regular clubbing in the sense that participants are all given headphones upon arrival. Those headphones allow them to listen (or alternate) between whatever DJs are spinning during the event–they’re even colour-coded to indicate what you’re hearing at the time so you can sync up with a dance partner.

So if you’re among the people wearing the headphones, it will feel like a relatively normal experience. But as soon as you take them off, well, it’s definitely weird to see a mass of people doing their best twerk and nae nae to absolutely nothing. Here’s an idea of what it looks like:

Sunday Funday has just started!!! #LIC

Posted by QuietEvents on Sunday, July 10, 2016

The event was hosted by the aptly named Quiet Events, which, according to the CBC, has plans to expand across the rest of Canada. While the idea might seem odd at first glance, part of the benefit to silent clubbing is that it allows organizers to get around some of the strict noise bylaws present in many cities.

Plus, people really seem to be enjoying it:

Think quiet clubbing is for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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