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Mobile Clubbing is an event where 2 or more people meet in a public place to dance, each listening to their own music using a Portable audio player such as an mp3 player while wearing headphones. To an observer it would appear that the participants are dancing for no apparent reason. Mobile Clubbing has been alikened to, but is distinct from Silent disco, and Mobile Clubbing events are organized using mass-emails, word-of-mouth and/or social networking websites such as Facebook.


Mobile Clubbing was founded in 2003 by London based artists Ben Cummins (also founder of Pillow Fight Club) and the artist Emma Davis. Since 2003, such events have taken place in many cities all around the globe, most commonly in public spaces such as train stations.

While each of these events are different, all incidences of Mobile Clubbing share these common rules:

  • Dance to the music of your own audio device
  • Use the entire space
  • Be aware of the safety of non-participants

There is still some dispute over whether Mobile Clubbing are a type of Flash mob, however, mobile clubbings are not limited to a specific time-frame, with some sessions lasting up to 12 hours. There have been flash mob occurrences with mobile clubbing as the basis, i.e. "spontaneous" 5-minute dance sessions.

Mobile clubbing may allow for development of new dance styles. For example, one can try dancing on trees or other objects (as people did at Loveparade). With more space than most clubbers enjoy in normal clubs dancing is generally more expansive. Success of mobile clubbing is based on the fact that little if any sound is produced, reducing the possibility of the event being closed down. If perchance authorities do not approve, as the name indicates, participants are mobile and moving to another location is a simple task.

In Vienna, Austria, the mobile clubbing scene has become a regular occurrence with monthly (and often bi-monthly) meet-ups at random (indoor and outdoor) locations and has even developed to regularly include themed events such as wearing costumes to celebrate Carnival or elegant wear for fake Prom Night.

Optional equipment

Using multiple splitters along with a small battery-powered amplifiers such as the Boostaroo, small to medium groups (2-20) may also be formed which include many people listening to the same source of music. This is especially useful for several reasons:

  • If an audio device runs out of battery power
  • Facilitates meeting of new people, as all listeners are in very close proximity
  • Discovering new music
  • If a passer-by wishes to also join in, assuming (extra) headphones are available

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