Ministry is a global clubbing institution, pivoted around its celebrated premises in Elephant & Castle in south-east London — an inner city area that it’s been instrumental in regenerating over the past two-and-a-half decades. For indeed, like DJ Mag, Ministry is celebrating its 25th birthday this year.
Modelled on the Paradise Garage, Ministry was invaluable to the growth of house music in the UK in the ‘90s. One of the first ‘super-clubs’, it conquered the world thanks to some cannily-signed hit singles and authoritatively-sourced compilations. Always though, without fail, there were the club-nights every weekend. Although it had a few moaning detractors in the noughties, it remains a great club — pukka soundsystem, great layout etc — and has upped its game again, bringing in brands like Rinse, Defected, Doorly & Friends and Bedrock with John Digweed recently to cement its rep as a crucial clubbing space. Who wouldn’t want to play on Ministry’s celebrated soundsystem?