21 June, 2023
Silent disco set for Mareeba
TABLELAND locals starved of a nightlife will have the chance to experience classic songs, sing-alongs, dance music and more through a special silent disco being held at Bosca’s this Friday in Mareeba by newly established entertainment company, Stoplight Silent Disco Party.
Tableland locals starved of a nightlife will have the chance to experience classic songs, sing-alongs, dance music and more through a special silent disco being held at Bosca’s this Friday in Mareeba by newly established entertainment company, Stoplight Silent Disco Party.
Event promoters and local brothers, Jared and Jordan Hohns, founded Stoplight Silent Disco Party with the hopes of reviving the nightlife in Mareeba and give people a reason to stay in town on a Friday or Saturday night instead of leaving for Cairns.
“We identified that Mareeba and the Tablelands was lacking a bit of a nightlife and we noticed the community has asked a few times to have a nightlife they could participate in,” Jared said.
They first picked up the idea after attending a silent disco in Brisbane and thought it would be a great format to bring back to Mareeba. A silent disco is a new way to party where people are given headphones and can alternate between different channels to enjoy diff erent kinds of music.
“We were down in Brisbane and went to a silent disco and the atmosphere was unreal and it was unique in its own way,” Jared said.
“We went with other people who weren’t big fans of clubs and they said they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
“We brought it back to Mareeba and thought, how can we make something unique and different compared to your typical club, bar or live entertainment.”
Jared spent roughly a year in discussions with multiple companies trying to secure the special headphones needed and in the end, he managed to get roughly 100 sets that have the capability for dual stations, meaning someone can switch between two different kinds of music depending on what they want to listen to.
“We have created a playlist for sing-along songs, 2010s songs and classics that everyone can enjoy and sing along to,” Jordan said.
“Then you have the other channel, which is more for your clubbing regulars who enjoy, dance, EDM, electronic and a bit of base.
“For example, if you’re listening to the red channel and find it isn’t your type, you can just hit the button to change channels and all of a sudden you’re listening to a song you haven’t heard in six years.”
The brothers want to make the disco as friendly and as accessible for everyone as possible so they have also modified the system to allow people to send through their own songs which can be added into the playlist.
Speakers will also be playing music on the night to cater for those people who feel uncomfortable wearing headphones or who just want to come and enjoy the atmosphere. There will also be prizes to be won on the night through a host of games and activities, prizes can include free pizza and even a free drink courtesy of hosts, Bosca’s.
Bosca’s owner Voli Della Bosca is excited to host the silent disco and hopes events like it become more common in Mareeba.
“Come along, have a burger, pizza or whatever takes your fancy from our restaurant and stay for the entertainment,” he said. “This is a good chance for people to experience some new nightlife in Mareeba.”
Jared is encouraging people to come along and support the disco next Friday night from 8.30pm until 12am. Depending on how successful the launch is, there is a high possibility of the disco becoming a regular event and expanding and developing in the future.