Celebrating 25 years of Ministry of Sound
Ministry of Sound has long been a staple of dance music culture. As both a record label and a nightclub, the Ministry of Sound brand has enjoyed 25 years of success. After recently signing over to Sony Music's UK division in August, what does the next 25 years look like to the London brand?This article originally appeared on Redbull
In the summer of 1990, Justin Berkmann snuck into a grotty-looking building on Gaunt Street in Elephant and Castle, south east London. Inside was a garage dotted with parked cars and pigeons, every surface caked in bird droppings. The sun blazed through the metal framework beneath the glass roof and the 26-year-old DJ thought, 'Oh my God'.
On September 21, 1991 the building opened as Ministry of Sound, with Berkmann joined behind the decks by Jazzy M and Paul Oakenfold. Now, Berkmann is about to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the club he founded with old Etonian entrepreneurs James Palumbo and Humphrey Waterhouse. His memory of that scouting mission remains vivid.
"It was a beautiful experience walking into that space. I'd been looking at building clubs for years and when you go into a space that's gonna be a club it screams at you, 'I can be a club, look at me!' You get this feeling of 'Oh my God, this could be incredible'."
(1996, image courtesy of Ministry of Sound)