Ministry of Sound Group Ltd.

Ministry of Sound History

Ministry of Sound began as the brainchild of Justin Berkmann. Inspired by New York's Paradise Garage, Berkmann set out to create Londonís first club devoted to the American house music scenes of 1980s New York, Chicago and Detroit, with a room purely dedicated to sound. Berkmann stated: "My concept for Ministry was purely this: 100% sound system first, lights second, design third (in that order); the reverse of everyone else's idea." Berkmann partnered with James Palumbo and Humphrey Waterhouse to realise the concept and a site, a disused bus garage was located in Elephant & Castle in Southwark, London. The club opened on 21 September 1991.

With opening sets from American house DJs such as Larry Levan, David Morales, Roger Sanchez and Tony Humphries, Ministry of Sound quickly grew in popularity as a clubbing venue. It now attracts around 300,000 clubbers per year and has hosted sets from popular DJs including: Tiesto, David Guetta, Sasha, Pete Tong and Armin Van Buuren. The nightclub was recently ranked seventh in the 2013 DJ Magazine top 100 clubs poll and has won the IDMA "World's Best Sound System" award four years in a row.


With a massive 18 UK Singles Chart No.1ís since the 90s, Ministry of Sound Recordings is behind the biggest, genre-defining hits of the last 20 years of dance music. Now home to a growing roster of platinum-selling and Brit Award-nominated artists including: London Grammar, DJ Fresh, Example and Wretch 32

The Compilations business was first established in 1993 with the release of Sessions Volume One, a compilation album of dance music mixed by Tony Humphries. The album was a commercial success, paving the way for a business which has now sold more than 55 million compilation albums worldwide

  • Lifetime sales of over 55 million
  • 18 UK Singles Chart No.1s
  • Over 50 albums released each year
  • Sales in excess of 3.5 million per annum
  • The UK's top selling music and fitness products - workout DVD series Pump It Up and CD compilation/digital album series Running Trax
  • International record company operations in Australia/NZ
  • Label and distribution partners in all key international territories


  • Opened 21st September 1991
  • The world's most famous nightclub
  • Still London's most successful club after 22 years
  • Over 300,000 visitors per year
  • International and UK clubbers, VIPs and the world's best DJs
  • An established tourist destination for young clubbers visiting London
  • ĎThe World's Best Sound Systemí IDMA 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013


  • Ministry of Sound branded events are attended by over 1,000,000 people around the globe every year
  • From club events to arena shows
  • From Barcelona to Bogota, Melbourne to Malta - the world's most recognisable dance brand tours the globe with over 1,000 events each year

Digital Channels and Group Marketing

  • Responsible for the website, social media, apps & platforms, radio and customer research & segmentation
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