Glow Up: An outdoor silent party is coming to Newark this Friday
Published August 21, 2018 | Brick City Live
When you got that glow.
A summer chock full of festivals and outdoor events in Newark will see a unique experience land in Military Park this Friday, August 24th.
The Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau (GNCVB) is partnering with Newark First Fridays to host a silent disco from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event, themed “Newark GlowUp Party,” is open to all ages and will feature four DJs–DJ Sienna, DJ Fauzi, Gonzalo Silva and DJ MD–spinning songs with clean lyrics.
“We wanted to wrap up the season on a spectacular note,” said Karin Aaron, President and CEO of GNCVB. “Silent discos are extremely popular due to their ability to bring diverse audiences together. Newark now joins the ranks of other cities around the world who have hosted similar events”.
So what exactly is a silent disco? Each party goer rents a pair of headphones (priced at $15 for GlowUp). The music can be set to four different channels, each corresponding to one of the DJs, using a dial on the headphones. A light on the headphones will change colors along with the channel, so if you want to find your “tribe”–those people listening to the same DJ as you–then you only need to look to the light.
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The four DJs will be spinning everything from AfroBeats and contemporary house to Top 40 hits that evening. And while the headphone rentals cost money, showing up is free. Just be prepared to watch a park full of people dancing to different beats, singing exuberently and working themselves into a state of euphoria that a silent disco is uniquely able to induce.
The event will also feature an interactive art experience, cash bar and food trucks, among other attractions. Proceeds will support Girls on Bikes, a Newark-based non-profit community organization that was recently featured in the New York Times, and whose mission is to encourage girls in urban communities to participate in recreational activities in the public, especially by riding bicycles.
Isaiah Little, Creative Director and Founder of Newark First Fridays, said the term “glow up,” which connotes a dramatic positive transformation, is apropos when discussing Newark at its current moment. “Newark is in the midst of a great opportunity to maintain its unique culture as our city evolves into its next chapter of growth and development,” said Little. “This is the ideal experience for folks from all corners of the community to gather in Military Park for a fun evening. Not too many events offer opportunities to bring us all together. This one will certainly change that.”