"It may not be hip, but still going strong"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
Fabric and Ministry of Sound are arguably the two most famous superclubs left in the capital. However whilst both are of mammoth-sized proportions overall, the size of each room at Fabric is considerably smaller than at MoS, meaning more intimate experiences are possible at the Farringdon venue.
Being the landmark that it is, top DJ’s pull in the crowds at MoS each week. Recently, Need2Soul’s 6th birthday party found itself without its two most important guests when Francois K and Juan Atkins were unable to fly due to Iceland’s infamous volcano erupting and interfering with hundreds of flights. After the initial disappointment Jerome Sydenham managed to pull out all the stops and get the party going.
Loved and loathed in equal measures there is no denying that with the right combination of factors it is possible to have an amazing party here. Criticism is often directed at their choice of more commercial events (Hed Kandi being an example), however a nightclub is a business, and surely all businesses are commercial. Additionally, MoS do host more underground events such as Hi-Tek Soul with Derrick May and guests, and Secretsundaze have held their Sunday afternoon parties on the courtyard.
Security is tight, (it is a superclub afterall) complete with airport-style metal detectors at the entrance. Though ticket prices are usually on the wrong side of £10, they’ve implemented a price drop the later you turn up, usually down to £6 after 4am. Clever punters find out what time their DJ is on and turn up accordingly.
Since opening in 1991 Ministry of Sound has become a powerful brand known around the world, with a record label and DJ academy. It may not be hip, or underground, but it’s still going strong as it approaches its 20th birthday.
Leila reviewed Ministry Of Sound on Tue 18 May 2010