'I went to Battersea Power Station's first silent disco and danced to cheesy pop bangers next to a Levi's'

Battersea Power Station's Turbine Hall B was transformed into a dance floor over the weekend as the landmark hosted its first-ever silent disco.
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Battersea Power Station has finally hopped on the silent disco hype, holding its first event on Friday (February 16).

Already a popular experience to many in the city because of the regular themed nights at the National History Museum, I was excited to hear that Battersea Power Station would be the latest London spot to welcome music fans for a silent disco event.

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While a shopping centre may not be some people's first thought for a silent disco location, the former power station, which opened to the public as a retail destination in October 2022, welcomed Londoners to have a boogie between some of its familiar branded shops including Levi's and Abercrombie & Fitch on Friday.

Set on the east side of the venue in its Turbine Hall B, the silent disco space had plenty of space for dancing and even a pop-up bar for guests to hydrate at after busting some serious moves.

Kicking off at 9pm, guests collected their headphones for the evening, which were tuned into the event's three DJs who represented their own coloured music channel - red for pop, blue for rock and green for party classics. Guests were able to change up which mixer they wanted to listen to by adjusting their headset, which would glow with relevant colour.

I had mine switched to red for most of the night for its cheesy pop bangers, but the classic rock of blue did make me switch over one or twice.

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Despite the venue's main lights being on and other spots across the building still open, including the Control Room B bar, which had a mezzanine overlooking where the silent disco was held, the headsets also meant guests could, in a way, separate themselves from their surroundings.

While I did feel a tad like a fish in an aquarium as people looked down in fascination from above, especially with the lights being on, the disco tunes blasting through my headphones soon got me back in the party vibes and dancing along with those around me.

Initially set to wrap up after two hours of music at 11pm, the event was eventually extended by half an hour and ended with each of the music channels syncing up to play the same farewell tune. 

With the Battersea Power Station underground station basically on the doorstep of the venue, it wouldn't surprise me if silent discos became a regular evening event.

I would certainly love to see the event in the future take over the whole of the building's ground floor with its DJs spread across both turbine halls.