Virtual silent discos are now a thing! In this new age of social distancing, its become more of a challenge to stay connected, without actual physical connection.
But how do you go about creating your own, or taking part in one?
For a classic silent disco, you need to have the specialist headphones and some DJs spinning away in the corner.
In social distance times, that doesn’t really work.
Using mysilentdisco.club, you can get people joining in using just their own phone and headphones from anywhere (with minimal internet). All they need to do to join is download the free app, then clicking the join button on the event.
Everyone listening to the same room will be sync’d to the same place in the playlist so you can all groove alone at the same time!
Making your silent disco virtual
So if you can’t be in the same place, it needs to be online.
Cisco Webex is a lesser known tool but allows for 100 participants for an unlimited time. Its very business focused, but has great free limits so worth checking out.
Zoom is probably one of the most reliable, but for the free version, you get a maximum meet time of 40 mins. We had a member us this and our app for their birthday! Read about in our “Community events ideas” post.
Google Hangouts is free for as long as you want, but you have a maximum number of 10 participants, so this is a bit limiting also.
Skype might be the overall winner here for a more relaxed virtual gathering online. You can have up to 50 participants for an unlimited time. As Skype has been around for ages, people are very likely to understand how to use it and have it installed already. You can also run it directly from your browser!
Promoting your virtual event
Events are cool, but what are the best ways to get the word out?
If you’re hosting an event for just a small group of friends then a quick Messenger or WhatsApp group will probably be enough.
For a more structured event and to get new people involved, you might want to make an event on a different platform.
Facebook Events are a great start. Free and quick to setup they allow you to get some extra publicity for people searching for local events that are happening near them.
Meetups is another place to create events, though to create you do have to pay a monthly subscription, you do get a good amount of eyes on your event.
Eventbrite allow you to make free events. You can charge for these events too with Eventbrite but you would have to pay to have this feature.
These would be the main 3 places to advertise and promote a virtual silent disco but there are many more out there which you can use.
Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps you get your first or next event off to a flyer!
If you haven’t yet, register for a free account so that you can host your own silent discos!