Ministry of Sound began as the idea of Justin Berkmann. Inspired by New York’s Paradise Garage, Berkmann set out to create London’s first club devoted to the American house music scenes of 1980s New York City, Chicago and Detroit. As opposed to striking a balance between the typical hallmarks of a live music venue, Ministry of Sound was conceived as an arena 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 was introduced to James Palumbo, who was working in property finance at the time, by Humphrey Waterhouse to realise the concept. The site, a disused bus garage, is located in Elephant & Castle in Southwark, London. The club opened on 21 September 1991 and has remained in this location since.
With opening sets from American house DJs Larry Levan, David Morales, Roger Sanchez and Tony Humphries, Ministry of Sound grew as a clubbing venue. It now attracts around 300,000 clubbers per year and has hosted sets from popular DJs including: Adam Beyer, DJ Harvey, Dixon, Marshmello and Pete Tong. It has won the IDMA ‘World’s Best Sound System’ award four years in a row – every year they ran the category.
As a venue, Ministry of Sound in London operates 3 weekly club nights. Fridays feature Lock n Load brand The Gallery which are primarily trance music, whilst Saturdays host a number of club nights which are primarily house music. In 2016, these included Defected, Glitterbox, Rinse FM, Hospitality and Together. On Tuesday the club hosts a student session called Milkshake, established in 2002.
Featured Djs & Talents
Andy is currently a Ministry of Sound Milkshake resident as well as a tour DJ. Alongside his individual persona, Andy is part of London-based duo the SuperHero DJs, alongside close friend and fellow Ministry of Sound resident Martin 2 Smoove.
House / Tech House
In 2016, he was shortlisted as one of the three finalists of BURN Residency, and performed at world renowned clubs Café Mambo’s, Sankey’s and Privilege to name but a few. During the competition, he was mentored by the likes of Carl Cox, Dubfire and Uner, and was given a weekly radio slot on Ibiza’s very own Sonica.
House / Tech House
In 2015 Blaise signed to Get Twisted Records which he has release a host of records with, such as his stand our club anthem ‘Joy’ as collaboration with Tough Love ‘Dangerous House’ The future looks extremely bright for Blaise as many have backed him as ‘One To Watch’ & a ‘Future Star’ for 2017.
House / Techno
Chris picked up his first ever club gig in the Baby Box at Ministry of Sound and has since seen himself play many major nightclubs in the capital. While studying at University Chris created his own event brand; ‘Noise & Girls’, an underground House & Techno party which has been growing since inception in 2013.
When Dale’s not DJing he’s in the studio, and his recent track “This Game” is featured on the 2015 Ministry of Sound residents compilation.
He has since developed his own diverse style, influenced by the art of turntablism and incorporating all styles of music. Daniel has honed his skills over the past decade, showcasing his talents on radio and on the club scene, both in the UK and internationally.
House / D&B / Garage
House / Tech House
With upcoming gigs all over the Europe; Hideout Festival, Budapest, Amsterdam, Ibiza, Scotland, Germany, Malta, Jamaica in some of the most established venues 2017 is going to be his year.
House / Deep House
The London based DJ hasn’t gone unnoticed picking up gigs across Europe as well as residencies & shows for brands such as Nike and Vogue, at venues from Shoreditch House, The Royal Albert Hall to Creamfields and supporting the likes of Terry Farley, Nightmares on Wax, Joey Negro, Tensnake & many more.
House / Garage
With production work receiving support on BBC Radio 1/1xtra, Rinse FM, Kiss and more, along with more releases on the way, this is just the start of even bigger things for the south London based artist.
Martin 2 Smoove
What you won’t know with Martins ability to scratch mix and cut up any genre from house to hip hop to to Rock and Dnb he is frequently requested to fly to secret locations to play for people we can’t even name, although I am sure David Cameron and Piers Morgan could use the Kudos of being in touch with the next generation of influencers.
Matt does not like to typecast himself, with his vast knowledge of music, he is a very versatile DJ, that can fuse together multi genres from House, deep house, tech house 90’s anthems and Old Skool. Being taught the old fashioned way Matt is at ease playing from any format and possesses that rare talent of being able to read a crowd quickly and adapt.
After 3-years producing shows at Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Mike now presents the flagship new music show on Ministry of Sound Radio (Mon-Fri, 7-9pm). This has already seen him hosting the official radio broadcast for EDC Las Vegas, and fly out to Ibiza to broadcast shows from the White Isle.
The late 90s brought him from The Netherlands to London, where he started climbing council flat roofs to broadcast his shows on pirate radio and play clubs across Europe including The End, Ministry of Sound, Kaufleuten (Zurich), Basing House and underground basements around East London.