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Poll 2024: Ministry of Fun
Ministry Of Fun

Location: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia 

Capacity: 1,600

Until recently, Slovakia hasn’t featured on most people’s clubbing itineraries — but that’s set to change, thanks to Ministry Of Fun. The midsized venue in the small city of Banská Bystrica has actually been running for 15 years, though a recent refurb during the Covid shutdown brought in not just new decor but a Cybermotion intelligent moving speed chain hoist that circulates LED lights around the club. It was the first club to install an L-Acoustics K1 sound system, which pumps out a varied array of styles, from trance, techno and hardstyle to drum & bass, while high-profile bookings, including Deborah De Luca, Nora En Pure, Sub Focus, Paul van Dyk and Hedex, have attracted international attention. The venue also runs two resident nights: Ministry Of House, helmed by Dave Eremias, Emty, Anndy, Mustee and Izzy, and Video Oldies with Rudo Tucek, a regularly sold-out event with a soundtrack of hits from the ’80s through the 2000s.