DJ magazine is launched and promoters like Fantazia are pulling in 10,000 people to their New Year's Eve rave. Spiral Tribe start their run of legendary free parties. The rest of the country did the Bartman and Bryan Adams did it all for you for 16 weeks. Desert Storm kicks off, the USSR dissolves and the Cold War comes to an end. Over in a converted bus garage in Elephant & Castle, a little bit of New York lands in London; James Palumbo, Justin Berkmann, Humphrey Waterhouse, Graeme Park, Jeremy Healy and a fresh-faced Paul Oakenfold are joined by the likes of Larry Levan, Bert Bevan and Kenny Carpenter as the first real "dance club" in the UK (and it really is a club, with rules and membership forms) is launched.
The Royal Family suffer an "Annus Horribilis" as Charles and Diana separate and the recession continues to bite, with Black Wednesday neatly coinciding with our birthday weekend and the Conservatives win a record fourth term! Still no alcohol licence for us but the line ups keep getting stronger at the club. The Italians arrive en masse as we bring Ralf, Claudio and Francesco over for the first time and the booth moves down onto the main floor. On a more serious note we mark Larry Levan's passing, whilst Castlemorton and the first rumblings of the Criminal Justice Bill signal the end of the free party era. Cream and Renaissance open and take over the mantle of historic club Shelleys in Stoke and Quadrant Park in Liverpool as the bastion of club culture up North. Mr C and The Shamen tell clubland (and the country) that "'Eezer Goode, 'Eezer Goode, he's Ebeneezer Goode" and enjoy four weeks at the top of the charts, and whilst Snap, SL2, 2 Unlimited, Ce Ce Peniston and a new act called The Prodigy (with everybody in the place) all feature in the top ten, Shakespeare's Sister hold the number one.
Tribal Gathering takes place and there's widespread opposition to the Criminal Justice Bill as the likes of Fantazia and Universe try to adjust to the rapidly emerging new world order. The very first Gatecrasher event is held in a former canal pump engine house in Worcestershire. Our logo makes the news when it's projected onto the side of the Houses of Parliament and Battersea Power Station ("no idea what you are talking about officer..") to promote the launch of our first ever compilation album - Sessions Vol. 1 mixed by Tony Humphries and our very own record label, Sound of Ministry.
Take That are rewarded for Praying with their first number one in July and their next two singles also reach number one. 2 Unlimited are back again telling us there are No Limits, however with Mr Blobby making it to the top spot twice and securing the honour of being 1993's Christmas number one, it would appear there was a definite limit to some people's taste in music. Michael Jackson is accused of child abuse, the World Trade Centre is bombed, IRA bombing continues and whilst officially the recession is over, there's not much to shout about as England fails to qualify for the World Cup (our very own football cards from last year proving a lot more popular than the usual Panini specials...).
We put out that Maggie flyer, Rulin' gets rollin' and our twisted friends from Torture Garden come out to play. Despite two years of protests, the Criminal Justice Bill is passed as law by the Crown. The KLF burn £1 million in the name of Art. Whigfield reassures us that Saturday Night's alright, and we certainly didn't need Marti Pellow and Wet Wet Wet to tell us that Love Is All Around. East 17 and Jimmy Nail remind us why we're in the club dancing and not at home listening to the radio! The Channel Tunnel opens, the Church of England ordains its first female priest, we all have a flutter on Saturday night as the National Lottery launches, and Sundays stop being just about recovering as Sunday trading becomes law (and following a little chat over dinner in Islington, Tony and Gordon agree that Tony should be the next leader of the Opposition).
Dance music makes itself felt across the board and we unleash Volume 1 of The Annual compilation series, mixed by Pete Tong and Boy George. Muzik magazine launches, Glastonbury introduces the "official" Dance Tent, and Manchester brothers Mike and Andy take Manumission to Ibiza. Even though 1995 was seen by many as the year of Britpop, with Blur and Oasis slugging it out in the charts, it wasn't all guitars and haircuts. From selling almost 2 million singles to Extreme Fishing on Channel 5, Robson Greene has done it all, and 1995 was the year he and Jerome Flynn made the move from the small screen (Soldier, Soldier) to the studio and spent eleven weeks of the year at number one. Nick Leeson takes a rather larger gamble than most of us would feel comfortable with and brings the UK's oldest merchant bank to its knees as he loses 1.4 billion dollars. Damon Hill gets fined £350 for being clocked at 165mph on the M40, whilst Eric Cantona is fined £20,000 and sentenced to fourteen days in prison with a six month ban from football for that kick...
Charles and Diana get divorced, and we celebrate our 5th birthday with another one of those stunts, this time at the Palace (and manage not to get nicked in the process!). Things get a little Frisky down the club, ex-Housemartin Norman Cook introduces the world to Fatboy Slim, Godskitchen pulls in 1,500 a week and after three years of partying in various locations around Yorkshire and the West Midlands, Gatecrasher moves to a permanent home at The Republic in Sheffield with Judge Jules in residence, heralding the dawn of the euphoric era of trance. We all shouted "Lager, Lager, Lager" thanks to Trainspotting and Underworld and Drum & Bass arrived at the club with the launch of Logical Progression, whilst the rest of the country was listening to Spice Girls and Oasis and worrying about Take That splitting up. Todd Terry and Roger Sanchez celebrated NYE with us and Florence from The Magic Roundabout made it onto a flyer. We rounded off the musical year with the second volume of The Annual, with Messrs. Tong and George taking the mix credits again, shifting an unprecedented 700,000 copies.
Junior Vasquez played his first ever London show at the club. It all gets a little bit glamorous in Elephant & Castle as Pushca comes to stay, we get our first taste of feather boas and Jason Brooks and we hit the headlines with our hard hitting ad campaign for Use Your Vote. Carl Cox is crowned number one in DJ Magazine's first ever top 100, Godskitchen move to Milton Keynes and sell out 4,000 in a single night, whilst at Turweston Airfield glowsticks still rule as Helter Skelter pull in 10,000. Oasis kick Blur into touch as Be Here Now becomes the fastest selling album in UK history, Spice Mania continues to sweep the country as they enjoy three number ones and Spiceworld: The Movie appears in cinemas. Richard Ashcroft tries to convince us that the Drugs Don't Work (and Brian Harvey tells the world Ecstasy is safe and is sacked from East 17 for it), whilst the Prodigy are enjoying living off the Fat of the Land (and playing their biggest ever gig in Moscow's Red Square to a reported half a million people). Dolly gets a twin as the world's first cloned animal is born. The Conservatives lose to a landslide Labour victory and things really can only get better (thanks Prof. Brian Cox) as we win the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in over fifteen years. Diana's death brings the nation to a standstill and over in Miami, Versace is killed outside his home in South Beach.
Deep Dish join us for New Year's Eve; FSUK finds its stride, as the likes of Freestylers and Bentley Rhythm Ace introduce a new sound to the scene. Super clubbing in a field as Creamfields launches outside Winchester, with corporate investment flooding in from PlayStation and Red Bull and we team up with Gatecrasher at Lotherton Hall in Leeds for Radio 1. Paul Oakenfold is crowned number one for the first of two years running in the DJ mag top 100 (only seven years ago he was warming up for Graeme Park and Jeremy Healy for us on Friday nights!). We launch our own magazine, giving the UK a total of four dedicated dance music monthlies. Thanks to Spike Jonze's magic touch, the Fatboy gives us a truly original dance music video and scores his first number one record with Praise You. All Saints edge The Spice Girls out of the charts as Sporty, Scary, Baby, Posh and Ginger start thinking about their solo careers (all together now, ahhhhh). The country gets to grips with a whole host of girl groups and boy bands from B*witched to Westlife, Boyzone to Cleopatra and whilst Stardust is one of the biggest tracks of the summer, the foundations for some of the greatest moments in music video history are set as Geordie Gunter stars in Spacedust's Gym and Tonic. The Good Friday Agreement marks the beginning of the end of the armed struggles in Ireland. We make it through to the second round of the World Cup (having failed to qualify last time) and Spice Mania stages one last push as someone pays £41,320 for Geri's Union Jack dress.
It's all about New York, baby - from David Morales to Ray Roc, Rulin' brings London a little closer to true house music on a Saturday night (though we do make a detour to Rimini every now and again for Rulin' Italia) and we score our first ever number one single on our new trance label, Data Records, with ATB's 9PM ('Til I Come). James and Darren split, Creamfields goes home to Liverpool, London gets a new "super club" on Leicester Square in Home and Homelands launches in the UK and Ireland with the support of brands like Ericsson and Bacardi. Before Life on Mars, John Simm was also helping bring our weekends to the silver screen as one of the stars of Human Traffic. Even legend-in-waiting Mr Oizo and his fluffy yellow friend Flat Eric, Fatboy Slim, Chicane and the Wamdue Project can't do anything to halt the advance of Europop in the charts as the Vengaboys score 5 hit singles in a year and make sure everyone knows they're on their way to Ibiza (little did we suspect the doors to the White Isle's best clubs could be thrown quite so far open!). The new Scottish Parliament and the Welsh National Assembly sit for the first time. The Euro is launched, and back home the London Eye and the Millennium Dome open and unemployment falls to a 20 year low. Down on the Lizard Peninsula it's 1991 all over again as 50,000 turn up for an Eclipse Party.
Move becomes S'moove as we start the new millennium (and everything still works, thank f***) and just how far club culture has evolved becomes clear to all. From underground to overground, Kevin and Perry Go Large makes it official - dance music is mainstream. Back home it all gets a little bit progressive as Sasha knocks Paul Oakenfold into second place in the 2000 edition of the DJ mag top 100. With Sonique, Groovejet and Modjo all flying the flag for dance music in the charts and downloads starting to really make themselves felt, 2000 sees over 43 records charting at number one and the likes of Eminem and Dr Dre all making an appearance in the charts and on our playlists. In a sign of things to come the Royal Bank of Scotland takes over NatWest and becomes one of the biggest banks in the UK. The Millennium Bridge opens, and then rapidly shuts again. The Queen Mum makes it to 100, Madonna marries Guy and goes a little cockney and Ewan Blair has a little bit too much to drink, so we invite him along to join us for a few more down at The Dome as we see in 2001 with a rave for 16,000.
Things get a little bit punchy for Labour's John Prescott, 9-11 changes our lives forever and pop takes over the charts, with S Club 7, Atomic Kitten, Blue, Hear'Say and Westlife dominating the airwaves, though we manage to squeeze in a number two hit with iio's Rapture and shift half a million copies of our first Chillout Session album. Meanwhile we bring a bit of Ministry of Sound magic to the festival circuit with 35,000 at Knebworth, our friends over at Godskitchen launch Global Gathering, Norman invites everyone down to Brighton for a beach party and the first Big Beach Boutique. We're all still going at 9am on a Sunday thanks to Rulin', whilst Smoove celebrates its first birthday and we let Trevor Nelson look after the club for us on New Year's Eve as we round off the year by taking over The Dome with 55,000 partygoers turning Tony Blair's white elephant into a proper palace of rave - a truly unforgettable night and our biggest ever event.
Cream closes its doors up in Liverpool and a quarter of a million people turn up on a sunny Bank Holiday weekend to party with Norman Cook down in Brighton (that'll be the end of that then...). The Dutch start to flex their muscles as Tiesto knocks Digweed off the number one slot in the DJ mag Top 100. Dave Pearce gives us all a glimpse of things to come with Euphoria and Future, whilst Smoove goes from strength to strength. Tribalism brings a taste of the underground to our Saturday nights and Soul Heaven and Rulin' remind us of our roots. The Queen Mum passes, there's a party at the Palace (not related, it's the Golden Jubilee) and we only make it to the quarter finals of the World Cup thanks to the sort of Brazilian no one likes...The charts become obsessed with reality TV shows, as a new show called Pop Idol opens the proverbial Pandora's Box and paves the way for Gareth Gates and Will Young. Westlife score their tenth number one (as many as Madonna at the time!). Only Junkie XL and his Elvis Mash up of A Little Less Conversation provides any respite from the onslaught. Once again, we take to The Dome for New Year's Eve, this time with Mauro Picotto, Judge Jules and Groove Armada leading the charge in the main arena and Rulin', Smoove , Drum & Bass Arena and the Bacardi BBar making sure the punters dance 'til dawn in the world's biggest 'dance tent'.
Tiesto's still the number one DJ in the world according to DJ magazine. Muzik magazine publishes its last issue, Ibiza comes to Elephant & Castle as legendary night Circoloco starts its Ministry of Sound residency, and Smoove is officially recognized (by us) as "purveyors of the finest urban music by appointment to the UK's most discerning clubbers". The age of supersonic travel comes to an end as Concorde is grounded, we enjoy one of the hottest summers on record, Dirty Den is back on our screens, and the oligarchs start making themselves felt as Abramovich buys Chelsea for £150M and ushers in a new era of Premier League football. Whilst Black Eyed Peas managed six weeks at number one in the charts, selling over 500,000 copies, The Darkness & Fatman Scoop and two school girls from Russia brought a few surprises, as did the use of power tools in our memorable video for Benny Benassi's number two hit Satisfaction. The power of the movie soundtrack started to make itself felt with number ones from Donnie Darko and Austin Power's Goldmember.
Tiesto's still at number one, making it three years in a row and the longest ever run in the DJ mag charts; he also ends up playing a 90 minute set at the Athens Olympics and seals his place in history (with nine golds, nine silvers and twelve bronzes; we didn't do too badly either). Back at the club, Kenny and Louie keep things soulful and very heavenly, Defected's most definitely In The House with Martin Solveig and Dimitri from Paris keeping everything very glamorous, and Smoove celebrates its fourth birthday.Piers Morgan is sacked from The Mirror (and somewhere in the heavens the fate of TV is changed forever), London gets the
Piers Morgan is sacked from The Mirror (and somewhere in the heavens the fate of TV is changed forever), London gets the Gherkin and all over the country foxes breathe a sigh of relief as hunting is banned...
We get another taste of chart success with five weeks at number one for Eric Prydz with that video; and the pop onslaught of Britney, Brian McFadden, Girls Aloud, Peter Andre and McFly is further staved off with a little help from the only other dance track to make it to number one, from The Shapeshifters.
Finally Tiesto's grip on the readers of DJ mag relaxes and Gallery favourite Paul van Dyk makes it to the top of the pile. Another Ibiza institution gets introduced to London thanks to Ministry of Sound, as David and Cathy Guetta bring their F*** Me I'm Famous party to the club, and we swap Smoove for Switch and add the likes of Grandmaster Flash and Killa Kela into the mix.
Meanwhile back on the White Isle, the Manumission boys continue to ensure that Ibiza Rocks. Between Tony Christie (with a little help from Peter Kay), that bloody Frog and a right James Blunt, musically it all seems to go out of the window, despite the best efforts of the Gorillaz and Arctic Monkeys. Prince Harry takes things a goosestep too far at a party, Charles remarries, 24 hour licences are introduced and the war on terror creeps ever closer to home as the 7th July bombings claim the lives of more than fifty people in London.
Borat introduces the world to the mankini, the Hamster stacks it and we turn 15! Along with Fedde Le Grand, we invited the whole country to "Put Your Hands Up For Detroit", scoring us another chart-topping number one and it all went a little bit Crazy with Danger Mouse and Cee Lo as we battled with The X Factor factor. In the club it all went veryveryverywrongindeed with Mr C and Tim Sheridan, we got a little bit rock and roll with XFM and Switch crossing over, and Sander Kleinenberg started his residency, the year "This Is" was born. Soul Heaven draws to a close and everyone from Deep Dish to Osunlade and Wally Lopez helped remind us why we started the club in the first place.
We lose the Ashes, Wembley reopens ("budget, what budget?" we hear them say) and the smoking ban is introduced across the country. Tony steps aside to let Gordon have a play with his train set, and no one pays the slightest bit of attention as some guy called Nick Clegg is made leader of the Liberal Democrats. Daft Punk blow our minds with the sort of visuals and high-end production (a pyramid!) that is now expected of every big artist with their Alive tour and headline in Hyde Park at Wireless. Remember where you saw it first... Detroit's finest, Derrick May and DJ Rolando, return to the club to deliver a dose of Hi-Tek Soul and Pete Tong's Wonderland lands (tassels and all). All downloads count towards the singles chart (finally) and The Proclaimers are back. Rihanna and that bloody Umbrella burst onto the scene, whilst yawn, yawn, The X Factor continues to dominate the charts as Leona Lewis manages a total of 9 weeks at the top of the charts. We release our first compilation in the Anthems series, which turns into one of our biggest ever albums, shifting over 650,000 copies, proving there's still a lotta love for 90's club classics.
Cream may no longer be open every week up on Parr Street but Liverpool is made the European City of Culture. The hangover from the Noughties finally begins to kick in as Northern Rock is nationalised and everyone asks where the f*** has the money gone. Boris kicks Red Ken into touch and the UK manage the biggest haul of gold in 100 years at the Olympics (just a shame Gordon sold most of the stash we had at home years ago). Utah Saints make it back into the charts (thanks to us) and Dizzee and Calvin are the sound of summer (and some Scandinavian bloke named Basshunter knocks Coldplay off the top of the album chart). Sander Kleinenberg's This Is keeps things a little edgy, and the S Man is invited back again (17 years after he first played at the club!). However, perhaps most importantly of all, Clerkenwell's loss is our gain as Turnmills closes its doors and The Gallery makes its way south of the river. Friday nights will never be the same again.
Wonderland continues to deliver glamour and glitz (and the occasional gimp). Renaissance hosts a couple of amazing events at Gaunt Street and things get a little bit cheeky (as you would hope) on our 18th birthday. We're invited back to the Dome (well, the O2 Arena now) with the biggest dance artist of the year, Deadmau5.
The recession (and the weather) continue to bite when it all gets made official and the Office of National Statistics confirms the UK is in recession for the first time since 1991. All in all, between the driving snow, running out of cash and the fact that it's an X Factor start and finish to the year as usual (with the exception of a rather severe Poker Faced young lady bursting on to the scene), it's not the greatest of years for most...
Danny Tenaglia goes buck wild at our 19th birthday bash (just check out the photos); Fedde forgets about Detroit and concentrates on taking over London whilst we hook up with We Love and set our sights on getting back onto the White Isle and kick off the year with Sidney Samson's Tupac-sampling anthem Riverside, Motherf***er reaching number two in the charts. Only a couple of weeks into the year and thanks to freezing snow the country's brought to a standstill. Fast forward a couple of months and just as we thought things were getting back to normal, a volcano with a name we couldn't pronounce, in a place we never thought about, f***ed everything up again. Finally its "bye bye, Brown", as the promise of power proves too much for Clegg, as he gives Ravey Dave (did you see that video?) the support he needs to take power. Meanwhile the charts get rapped up with Roll Deep, Dizzee, Professor Green, Plan B, our own label signing Example, and man-of-the-moment Tinie Tempah waking the country up to the sound of the streets but still nothing can stop the inevitable Cowell comeback (not even Cee-Lo literally saying F*** You, or a Take That reunion) as Matt Cardle, 2010s X Factor winner, sells nearly 750,000 singles in 2 weeks!
Charlie Sheen becomes viral after coining those catchphrases ‘tiger blood’ and ‘winning’ (we all remember the viral video), Adele storms onto the scene with album 21 and we celebrate turning 20! Roger Sanchez returns to Ministry for a seven-hour set for part of our three-day birthday party and we launched the 2020 exhibition. In this year we also launched the ‘Save Our Club’ campaign to stop the building of flats nearby that could force us to close! (sad face) On a happier note our very own DJ Fresh had a massive No.1 with ‘Louder’. Prince William shut down the nation in an extra bank holiday when he married Catherine Middleton. Funny women made their mark with the hilarious Bridesmaids film while the most popular franchise in history, Harry Potter, came to an end. Beyoncé announced her secret pregnancy on the MTV VMA’s and the News of the World was at the centre of scandal leading to the Leveson Enquiry. David Guetta dominates the DJ Mag Top 100 while Adele dominates the charts sitting at number 1 for four weeks. The tragic death of Amy Winehouse rocks the music industry and further turmoil ensues when, sparked by the police killing of Mark Duggan, UK youth rise-up and engulf cities in looting and violence for five nights.
Example released his platinum No.1 selling album Playing In The Shadows, containing two No.1 singles and DJ Fresh continued to dominate the charts with No.1 hit ‘Hot Right Now’. We teamed up with Nissan for the Juke with Ministry of Sound limited edition cars with thrilling Juke Box sound system. Armin Van Buuren tops the DJ Mag Top 100 in the same year ‘Gangnam Style’ and ‘Call Me Maybe’ swept across the nation. The Queen celebrated her diamond jubilee along with the rest of the UK and the Prince and Princess announced the imminent arrival of a new royal. Mummy porn became a real thing when 50 Shades of Grey captured minds (and other body parts) the world over. Our beloved Instagram set pace in the world of apps, Drake had everyone screaming YOLO and Tupac made a dramatic return from the dead at Coachella. On our home turf the capital city welcomed the Olympics, Britain rejoiced as Andy Murray became the first male Grand Slam singles winner in 79 years and Red Bull completed the highest sky dive ever – from space! Andrew Weatherhall, a stalwart of British music since the early 90’s mixed a triple-CD for our Masterpiece series. Along with this however, 2012 brought tragedy with the death of Whitney Houston and the brief fame of Honey Boo Boo.
We faced the prospect of closure after plans to build a housing block next door were revealed, London Grammar release their debut album If You Wait reaching platinum sales in the UK, our first album away from dance music. Baauer dominates the airwaves with the Harlem Shake and the words ‘twerk’ and ‘selfie’ are added to the Oxford dictionary. Candy Crush takes the world by storm while Miley Cyrus stirs up a storm of her own at the VMA’s. ‘Kimye’ became a thing and Dusky’s ‘Careless’ knocked Hardwell out of the Beatport top spot as soulful deep house, from Look Right Through to Disclosure, encountered a revival. Defected In The House join us at Ministry for Saturday Sessions, Daft Punk release their first album in seven years, Paris Hilton got a DJ residency at Amnesia(?!) and Deadmau5 temporarily ditches twitter. Robert Sillerman re-emerges, and SFX Entertainment starts buy up festivals the world over, and even adds Beatport to the EDM empire.
We won our ongoing battle to remain open despite the housing development commencing next door and the late, great, inventor of house Frankie Knuckles performed his last ever set within our walls. Kraftwerk gets the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys, London Grammar are nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at the BRITS and techno grandee, Surgeon, supports Lady Gaga on tour. Everyone starts tipping buckets of ice cold water over their heads, Diplo and Skrillex form Jack Ü and Calvin Harris tops the Forbes’ wealthiest DJ list. Over on the White Isle, Gatecrasher crashes and our very own Glitterbox spectacularly asserts itself into the Balearic psyche. Back on home turf Erick Morillo joined us for an all night long set at Ministry. After 13 years of silence, Aphex Twin blessed our ears with a new album (finally!) and we wish U2 would give us 13 years of silence as they forcefully download their new album onto everyone’s iPhones. Pharrell Williams dominated the charts in 2014 with the most downloaded song of all time – ‘Happy’.
We hosted Larry Levan’s Birthday Bash with former Paradise Garage DJ’s, had a 22 channel sound-system installed and saw Joey Negro perform live in the Box. We established our music publishing business, taking on future Kendrick collaborator, Mura Masa. Above & Beyond become the first British DJ’s to sell out Madison Square Gardens as they embark on their Acoustic II tour. The world is introduced to Caitlyn Jenner, #OscarsSoWhite ripples through the media and the globe goes mad with the Dab. Game of Thrones fans are left rattled by the passing of Jon Snow (that’s no spoiler alert, if you don’t know that by now have you been living under a rock) and Rachel Dolezal popped up to defend her heritage, which turned out to be as white as Jon’s last name. Bruno Mars dominated the charts for 7 consecutive weeks with Uptown Funk at No.1, and 39 weeks in the top 40 while DJ Snake broke the record for first dance record to break 1 billion views on YouTube with his Major Lazor collaboration ‘Lean On’.
We partnered with Dolby Laboratories to bring surround sound Dolby Atmos to the club, a first in the industry. Martin Garrix becomes the youngest ever DJ to head the DJ Mag Top 100, Boiler Room welcomes Skrillex and Fat Boy Slim to their decks in a change of pace and we celebrate our 25th anniversary with a makeover and brand new logo. Space closes its doors for the final time and Carl Cox ends his 15-year residency at the Ibizan superclub with a gargantuan party live streamed to millions across the globe. LCD Soundsystem return after a 5-year hiatus, Harry Potter also makes a comeback with The Cursed Child and the Olympics kick off in Rio. Fabric shut… and reopened (power to the people!). Sony took over the Ministry record label. The club saw Adam Beyer make his debut and we hosted a surprise reuniting of the legendary Sasha & Digweed. We welcomed original Ministry resident, DJ Harvey, back to our decks. Two legends were lost in 2016, RIP Bowie and Prince and the US election campaign gave us all the displeasure of meeting Mr. Donald Trump. Drake trumped the charts with One Dance hogging the No.1 spot for 15 weeks on the trot!
The inauguration of Donald Trump kicked off a tumultuous year in global politics. North Korea flexed its military muscles and the UK officially triggered Article 50 to leave the EU. It wasn’t all bad, though, as Teresa May lost her majority and almost her job in her ill-fated snap election. Glastonbury basked in a scorching rain-free weekend and the new king of grime, Stormzy, released his turbo-charged studio album Gang Signs & Prayer. The club welcomed five-time Resident Advisor No.1 DJ, Dixon, into The Box for an all night long affair. We saw the great and the good of techno take over our Sunday evenings with a residency from The Hydra. Marshmello made his UK debut, while Jonas Blue debuted at Ministry to 2,500 people. Glitterbox hit astronomical heights, selling out each show three months in advance and Together put on some of the biggest shows to date. We showed the breadth of our programming with Back to 95 making their long-awaited return and AWOL bringing jungle back to SE1. On a more sombre note, 2017 was a year marred by lone-wolf terror attacks on both sides of the Atlantic and unfortunately on 3rd June the London Bridge attack caused us to shut our doors on a Saturday night for the first time in our history.
Ministry Fitness launched to bring the world its first ever fitness nightclub and we opened a new bar, The Arches, alongside the fitness studio. We rounded out the year with huge performances from Maya Jane Coles, Joris Voorn, Dimitri from Paris, CamelPhat, A-Trak and DJ Harvey.