Ministry of Sound (London)


The Ministry of Sound nightclub, located at Elephant and Castle in Southwark district in south London, was opened in September 1991, the first weeks secretly. The club distiguishes itself by the non-alcoholic bar and sophisticated sound systems
It was one of the key locations in the evolution of house music in Britain in the early 90s. Ministry of Sound has become a cult status among clubbers worldwide and is now a 'brand'. For example, in several world cities, such as Bangkok, Singapore and Melbourne offices of the club opened. It is also a music compilation CDs that produces mainly house, dance and trance music.

Ministry of Sound began as the brainchild 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, 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 realise the concept and a site, a disused bus garage was located in Elephant & Castle in Southwark, London. The club opened on 21 September 1991.

With opening sets from American house DJs such as Larry Levan, David Morales, Roger Sanchez and Tony Humphries, Ministry of Sound quickly grew in popularity as a clubbing venue. It now attracts around 300,000 clubbers per year and has hosted sets from popular DJs including: Tiesto, David Guetta, Sasha, Pete Tong and Armin Van Buuren. The nightclub was recently ranked seventh in the 2013 DJ Magazine top 100 clubs poll and has won the IDMA ‘World’s Best Sound System’ award four years in a row.

The image is taken at the Ministry of Sound in October 1991, one month after the club opened it's doors.