Happy Birthday Ministry of Sound
Iconic superclub brand celebrates their 26th year in the business.
One of the biggest names in dance music and club culture turns 26 this year. From the very first party, to all the tunes, glow sticks and publicity stunts, over two and a half decades have passed and they're still going strong. 1991 to 2017, 26 years of Ministry of Sound.
Inspired by New York's Paradise Garage, MoS founder Justin Berkmann conceived the idea for the brand. As a DJ, Justin was very focused on the importance of good quality sound systems and light shows before peripheral design. In 1991 he was introduced to James Palumbo. They acquired a disused coach horse in the borough of Elephant & Castle on Gaunt Street and as they say, the rest is history.
The Ministry of Sound venue has attracted some of the biggest names in the world of dance music, has featured industry award ceremonies and even survived wth threat of closure when building plans were issued in the area. Much to the dismay of the State, while Ministry of Sound supports underground and mainstream dance music they have always leaned towards the counter culture of the scene. Their famous stunts include a risqué flyer with the late PM Margaret Thatcher, projecting a near naked Gail Porter onto the House of Parliament and the famous 1996 joke beamed onto Buckingham Palace. The brand has since hosted worldwide events, sold masses of merchandise and of course, the iconic compilations. Mixed by the likes of Judge Jules, Boy George, Pete tong and Brandon Block among others, the Ministry of Sound Annual has always been a collectors piece for the weekend reveller. Adding to their compilation and recording catalogue, the super club brand announced 2006 they acquired Hed Kandi. Other compilations included Big Tunes, Euphoria and the urban grooves of Smoove, with recent additions including the Throwback, Piano House and the I Love series releases plus many more.
As a label they have released countless club hits. As well as the main brand, MoS released under a number of offshoots covering all ranges of sound in the dance scene. The funky house of Rulin featured anthems like Static Revenger Happy People, Raven Maize The Real Life and Jakatta American Dream. Substance, the harder side of Ministry of Sound, featuring Norman Bass How U Like Bass, Cosmic Gate Exploration of Space and Trevor & Simon Hands Up. It was the Data imprint that captured the mainstream vibe of the club scene. Chart topping releases included Eric Prydz Call On Me, Zombie Nation's Kernkraft 400, Fedde Le Grand Put Your Hands Up For Detroit and the DIY video with a difference, Benny Benassi's Satisfaction. Recent releases include Duke Dumont Need U (100%) and Storm Queen's Look Right Through. The brand recently announced the recording arm of the business has been sold to Sony.
Taking place at their iconic London home on Saturday 30th September, the 26th birthday celebrations will see legendary DJ Harvey take over The Box for an all night set, while 103 Bar will see performances from Session Victim, Harvey Sutherland, In Flagranti and Justin Berkmann himself. More information and ticket links can be found here at the MoS event listing.
To date Ministry of Sound has been at the heart of British club culture and as a brand they contribute to the shaping and changes of the dance music scene, pioneering new talents and supporting fresh sounds while paying homage to the classics that helped make the brand along the way. It has been an eventful 26 years and like many we owe gratitude to the brand for our love of dance music and being part of a cultural movement of party people. Here at Ascension, we would like to wish Ministry of Sound a very happy birthday and long may they continue.
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