Ministry Of Sound
21st September 1991 - a date firmly fixed in music history. Ministry of Sound, inspired by New York’s cavernous House venues, opened it's doors at 10:00 PM. Raised from what was once a bustling bus garage now derelict in the heart of ‘saff’ London, an area more infamous than famous. No alcohol, 3 flashing lights, moody security and, as a statement against it’s glitzy ‘80s predecessors, shiny trousers and disco shoes frowned upon. Unless you knew the names of at least half-a-dozen Chicago DJ’s you were never going to get past the legendary ‘pickers’ residing the right side of the menacing prison-like gates.
Despite the lack of lager and fearsome location people arrived in droves. Within a matter of weeks word had spread that something special had landed smack in the middle of London’s nightlife. This was the first club dedicated to House music, the first club inspired by rave’s ‘summer of love’ and most importantly the world’s first ever club with a dedic..