The History of Ministry of Sound

It was the Summer of 1990 when the Ministry of Sound club was conceptualised, after Justin Berkmann had snuck into a derelict looking bus garage on Gaunt Street in Elephant & Castle, South East London.  It was here that Ministry of Sound Club was born.

Inspired by the warehouse club culture in New York, in particularly the iconic Paradise Garage, it was  Berkmann’s vision to bring this sort of positive club culture to London. With violence and crime affecting many illegal warehouse parties in London at the time, Ministry of Sound was founded to create a safe space for people to dance and enjoy one thing only….the sound.

One of the most recognisable features of Ministry of Sound club is its famous noise-insulated ‘Box’, which was created to contain and house one of the most powerful clubbing sound systems.  

In obtaining Britain’s first 24-hour music licence, Ministry of Sound launched for the first few years without the sale of alcohol, instead offering water and sports drinks. Ministry of Sound initially began drawing fans from all corners of London purely for its music and sound policy. 

Opening its doors on September 21 1991 Ministry of Sound launched with Jazzy M and Paul Oakenfold joining Berkmann behind the decks. In its opening months, Ministry of Sound hosted American house icons Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, Roger Sanchez, Tony Humphries and David Morales. Today it continues to host the world’s biggest acts from Basement Jaxx and Sandy Rivera to Marshmello and R3hab and everyone in between. The rest is history as Ministry of Sound has grown its local footprint with its own dedicated merchandise store in London, the launch of Ministry magazine and even their own gym - all while going global and operating in Australian since 1999.

Founded by Sydney DJ Tim McGee in Australia, Ministry of Sound Australia has been operating for over 18 years, putting on iconic Ministry of Sound parties across the country and releasing prestigious compilations like The Annual, Clubbers Guide, Chillout Sessions, Running Trax and Sessions.  The launch of Ministry of Sound Club Australia is a new frontier for the iconic clubbing brand which will see a brand new soundsystem and a clubbing experience like no other in Australia, carrying the same philosophies of Ministry of Sound UK: The music comes first.

“Ministry of Sound in London is a world-renowned venue and has been the destination for lovers of dance music for over 25 years. We are now going to bring that same experience and ethos to Sydney. We will be implementing a forward-thinking music policy and making Ministry of Sound Club a haven for good music and a home for both international and Australian artists to connect with their fans. Ministry of Sound Club will be the ultimate destination for true lovers of dance music.” - Tim McGee, CEO of Ministry of Sound Australia.