Europop is an acquired taste, but one thing that’s universal about the Europop life is living it up — indulgently. Frankfurt is a bubbling city with the means to fulfil your inner superstar desires. We hang out with Christopher Haul of German stage act Boybands Forever to find out how to do Frankfurt the VIP way.
Fly it fancy
Luftansa is the largest German airline, so when travelling to and fro the land of bratwurst, Chris does it first or business class. The flights around Germany are short, so most of the fun comes from the airport lounges which are available in First, Senator and Business. These are stocked with entertainment materials, a buffet of beverages and snacks around the clock, and spacious showers. “We often have to land and go straight to work, so using lounges pre-flight mean we arrive looking and feeling sharp” says Chris.
Ride like you’re on MTV
The fun doesn’t have to end when you hit tarmac. Limos4 Frankfurt is the city’s leading limousine service, providing premium transportation in the area, as well as neighbouring cities and countries. They offer airport transfers, city tours, and rides to venues of your choice; for us it was a Mercedes-Benz sedan, reaching Chris and co at Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt Stadium in shiny style. Chauffeurs are suited and booted; after all, you wouldn’t want to turn up at a premiere with a scruffy Uber driver, would you?
Retreat in glamour
With an army of fans hot on his heels, Chris usually retreats to secluded hotel a little outside the city. The Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt is a five-star resort in the woods full of country villa charm, with that showbiz rehab type feeling when checking in and closing off from the world. It’s located on a 15-hectre park on the shores of its own private lake, and has a massive spa (where all floors are heated!) for some true A-List pampering. Rooms all have a view of the park or the lake, with designer furnishings and high-tech bathrooms including electronic showers that run water at the perfect temperature. There is no better place to find your Zen than on these grounds, and the beds are crazy-soft too so expect the perfect sleep.
Whether you’re staying at The Kempinski or not, add The Torschänke to your must-eats. The rustic and cosy restaurant is situated in a historical building established back in 1586. It offers traditional German dishes and food from the Hesse region of Germany (including Frankfurt). Our choice starter is the Frankfurt Grüne Sauce with baked poached egg and potatoes. This traditional cold sauce is made of sour cream and seven special herbs, and is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Mains include a very warming lamb knuckle in a clay pot, which can be paired with a delicious glass of apple wine from the wine cellar Höhl. Bravo.
Ever wondered what stars carry on tour? Chris gives us the low-down: “There are a few things I always make sure to take with me. First of all, it’s a good neck-pillow. I got mine from Cabeau and it makes journeys on the plane and the bus where I don’t lie down a lot more comfortable. The final two things are to do with sleeping and waking up, as my sleep patterns are so variable on tour. I have a Dodow Sleep Aid which is a dish-like thing that helps control your breathing speed and calms you down till you nod off. It’s pretty cool and very futuristic. And then to wake up; sometimes we don’t get access to great coffee at venues just like you might not at certain airports, so I have a coffee machine on the go – it’s from Soda Shop and it’s a Wacaco Minipresso that fits in my backpack. All I need is to add hot water before a decent cup of coffee is ready to kick start the day”.