Here in the UK there are many governmental departments identified with the word Ministry, including the Ministry of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Magic.  Last week I paid visit to a non-official Ministry, the Ministry of Sound.

The MoS in London is a famous club that has been in operation since the early 1990s.  I’ve probably known about this club since I was first introduced to electronic music, as it has been host to a long list of famous DJs spinning just about everything.  This venue ranked fourth in a 2010 poll of the top clubs in DJ Magazine, so when I heard that one of my favorite DJs was coming, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I’m not ashamed to admit that I like dance music, and if you know me well you will know that trance is my favorite sub-genre.  I listen to many trance podcasts to keep me going at work during the week, one of which is produced by Paul Oakenfold.  I have written about him and his podcast before, and during one of his weekly episodes he announced the start of his new tour here in the UK at the MoS.  A chance to see one of my favorites at a famous place in London?  Sold.

Both the club and clientele were interesting.  It took the better part of an hour to get in due to multiple queues and security screening (it’s located in Elephant and Castle), but once inside the place was great.  There are five main areas, each with the capacity to host a different DJ and sound.  I made my way to the big room (above) that is supposed to have a sprung floor to keep dancers going well in to the night.  This was probably a good thing, as Oakenfold’s set was from 1:30-3:30am, and the place stayed open until 0600.

This video is a short clip of a remix of the song Resurrection by the group PPK.  I don’t expect many people to like it, but if you have ever listened to an Oakenfold set you will likely recognize this as he has hammered this song since 2001.  He played many songs I recognized, which always makes for a fun live show.

Thanks to the buses running from London to Oxford 24h, I ended up back here just shy of 7am.  Although I probably won’t be itching to go to a big club anytime in the near future, it was definitely worth going and was a great show.  Well done.

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