Ministry of Sound London
Inspired by New York’s Paradise Garage, Ministry of Sound’s London nightclub was the brainchild of DJ Justin Berkmann, who set out to create London’s first club devoted to the American house music scenes of New York, Chicago and Detroit, with a room purely dedicated to sound. Berkmann stated: “My concept for Ministry was purely this: 100% sound system first, lights second, design third (in that order); the reverse of everyone else’s idea.”]Berkmann partnered with James Palumbo and Humphrey Waterhouse to bring the concept to life and a site, a disused bus garage, was located in Elephant & Castle in Southwark, London. The club opened on 21 September 1991.
Today, the club remains at the forefront of the global dance music scene, with DJs playing mix sets every Friday and Saturday night. Since April 2008, Fridays have been hosted by The Gallery, with sets from leading hard house and trance DJs. Saturdays are Ministry of Sound’s long-standing Saturday Sessions with house, electro and techno sets from popular DJs including Tiësto, Sasha, Erick Morillo, Pete Tong and David Guetta. Ministry of Sound London also hosts a range of other parties and events during the week and is available for private hire
The club comprises five main areas;
-The Baby Box
-The VIP loft
-The latter housing the club’s primary sound-system, with a specially-built roof to contain sound and a sprung floor intended to enable clubbers to dance for many hours without tiring, inspired by the dance floor at the Paradise Garage.
In 2005 Ministry of Sound expanded its network of own-brand venues with nightclub franchises starting with the Ministry of Sound Egypt. The venue was opened by Marc Hughes, one of the leading London club’s resident DJs, where he was joined by up to 2500 revelers all celebrating the New Year.
Aside from this, Ministry of Sound run 600 international events per year which span across The UK, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe. Events range in size from intimate 500 capacity spaces to a yearly European Festival in Malta, which is 5000 capacity. Annually these events are attended by up to 600,000 clubbers.
Ministry of Sound America
In 2008 Ministry of Sound launched its American operations after ending its relationship with Ultra Records. Its first release under the Ministry of Sound America imprint was Clubber’s Guide America. In the same year, the company launched HARD2BEAT records with Basshunter’s “Now You’re Gone” as its first single and Bigtunes 2008 as its first compilation. Ministry of Sound won the Music Week Award for “Independent Record Company Label of the Year