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A sea of people dancing in silence? Welcome to BottleRock’s silent disco

Big Boi, center, performs with White Panda at the Silent Disco at BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo on Saturday in Napa.
Big Boi, center, performs with White Panda at the Silent Disco at BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo on Saturday in Napa. Invision/AP

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rocked the main stage Saturday at BottleRock Napa Valley, but another act stole some of their thunder.

Many attendees opted to break it down to DJ music instead ... seemingly in silence, the Mercury News reports.

In a BottleRock event billed as “the country’s largest Silent Disco,” about 5,000 fans donned headphones and soaked up sounds from Los Altos DJs Tom Evans and Dan Griffith of White Panda, along with Big Boi of OutKast.

Libratone sponsored the event and offered two channels from which to choose, one featuring Big Boi and the other White Panda, according to SFGate.

To those without headphones, the scene might appear mind-boggling: No music would be heard and a sea of people would be dancing in apparent silence.

“It’s just cool because if you take your headphones off, it’s silent. I mean, I don’t know what’s happening but this is cool as hell,” Maya Magee of Memphis, Tenn., told SFGate.

Toward the end of the night, it appeared as if the event was well on its way to breaking the previous attendance record of 3,500.

Here are some of the sights and sounds from BottleRock brought to you by fans:

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