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Glastonbury Set For ‘Silent Disco’

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — This year’s Glastonbury festival will feature a drastic measure to sidestep a noise curfew, organizer Michael Eavis said on Tuesday.

Eavis announced that instead of DJs blasting their sounds through speakers, the thousands of revelers partying past midnight at the open-air music event will be given wireless headphones with bass, treble and volume controls that tune into the stereo system directly.

“It’s a unique way for people to party without offending those who want to sleep or disturbing the villagers nearby, who have complained about the noise,” said Eavis, who founded the festival in 1970 on his farm in western England.

“We’ve been looking at a solution for ages…The system was developed by a Dutch firm and successfully used at parties in the Netherlands and we hope it works here too,” he told Reuters news service.

The idea, thought up by Eavis’ daughter Emily, is one of several introduced in recent years to improve relations with local villagers. A giant “super-fence” was erected around the site in 2002 to cut down on crime and foil gatecrashers.

The annual three-day Glastonbury festival has attracted some of the biggest names in music over the years, including REM, Radiohead and James Brown. Eavis has not yet announced all of the headliners of this year’s event, scheduled for June 24-26, but has confirmed acts such as Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson and The Tears. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers