6:00pm Thursday 7th April 2011
By Rachel O'Connor
Rachael O’Connor gets a taste of Eastern (European) promise as she tries out Polish Disco at Oxford’s Coven II.
The Coven II in Oxpens Road is a venue that you won’t forget in a hurry, believe me.
Often described as one of the city’s most loveable underground music venues, the 500-capacity club regularly presents a colourful spectrum of unusual nights that you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
For instance, Mentalist Monthly’s psy-trance party night, Oxford’s famous gay night, Dirty Angel, and the fantastic Baraka, which has been running for seven years.
Last Friday was no exception in breaking the clubbing mould. To create an event that compares with Warsaw’s nightlife credentials is no easy task, but Polish Disco makes a good attempt. Primarily designed as a night that can be enjoyed by Oxford’s large Polish community, it can also be enjoyed by all.
The night is only in its second week, but already has an enthusiastic following – as well as a thirsty clientele. The evening’s drink of choice was most definitely Poland’s fine Tyskie Gronie beer which was being merrily consumed on balcony, podium, stage and, most importantly, on the dancefloor.
Kicking off at 10pm, all are welcome, but lovers of Euro-Disco-Tec are greeted with open arms like an old friend at the door.
For only £5 you can roam The Coven’s UV rave in a cave until 3am.
Resident DJ Scoobi fully captures the essence of a Euro-disco experience – pumping freshly mixed ’90s classics through the club’s remarkable Funktion One sound system and transporting you in a torrent of enthusiasm to a place where glow sticks and face paint are still high fashion.
Polish Disco simply oozes potential and – as the disco balls spin and the night gains a foothold on Oxford’s busy clubbing scene – will no doubt grow and grow into the riotous rave these Polish punters are certainly mad for.
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