Taunus Disco – Dancing in the station for the over 40s

When the station in Oberursel re-opened in May, a new event was created: the Taunus Disco.  The disco is aimed at the over 40s in the town and was held for the first time in June this year, with the music a mixture of  a groove, jazz, latin, house and contemporary music, all put together by DJ Param.  And even if I don’t technically qualify for the age group (yet!), this month I went along to take a look.

Getting there is not a problem, neither is finding somewhere to park on a Saturday night because there is a large car park next to the station itself.  But then being at the station means that there are other ways of getting there, as the S-Bahn and U-Bahn run until the early hours of the morning.

When I arrived it had already turned dark and the station building was lit up, with a purple glow coming from the main ballroom windows.  The disco itself is held in the part of the building normally used by the dance school (Pritzer), but the organisers stress that it is not a dance school event.

Once inside it became obvious that the clientele was going to be different than in, say, a nightclub in Frankfurt.  For a start there is no bouncer on the door, just someone to welcome you and hand you your ticket and drinks card (you pay for everything at once when you leave).  And there doesn’t appear to be a dress code, although “smart casual” might be a good way of putting it.  Maybe there is no need for one?  Most of the guests were dressed for what you might call an “after-work” type of party.

Passing past the bar, some guests had gathered in the foyer seating area, whilst most were in the main ballroom, where tables and chairs had been placed around the end of the room.  There was even a waitress serving drinks at the tables.

The atmospheric lighting gave the room a purple sort of look, with the roof bathed in colour and rows of blue and red LEDs all around the gantry and wall-mounted lights adding a touch of white.  Apparently there is not a single old-fashioned light bulb in the room!

The music coming from the multitude of speakers (the 6 main ones have 700W each) was being controlled by DJ Param’s laptop, mounted on an elaborate mixing desk, and was a mixture of well known but also lesser known artists.  So the playlist during my visit included Amy Winehouse, Melanie Thornton, Alice Francis, Parov Stelar and Gotye.

And then as the night progressed slowly the dance floor started filling up, with around 100 guests coming in total.

The Taunus Disco takes place once a month – sign up to our newsletter to receive our weekly events list and be notified of future dates.

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DJ Param can also be found on the first Saturday of each month at the Brotfabrik in Frankfurt.  He’d also like to hold an open air disco in Oberursel next summer.  If you have any suggestions where that should be, please leave a comment below and we will pass them on.

About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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