The world’s most famous nightclub is turning 20, and a whole weekend of celebrations paying homage to both the club and its music will be starting this Friday. Originally opened in 1991 as an alcohol-free haven inspired by New York’s legendary Paradise Garage, Ministry of Sound has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years, from its position at the forefront of UK dance music to hosting Hed Kandi. Despite having to compete against many newer, younger models there is no doubting Ministry’s influence on the UK’s clubbing landscape over the last two decades.

Regular night The Gallery kicks off the proceedings tomorrow with dancefloor filler Eddie Halliwell, while one of the pioneers of British house music, Danny Rampling, will be hosting the second room along with X-Press 2. Saturday will see three current heavyweights of house and techno: Nic Fanciulli, Matthias Tanzmann and Dennis Ferrer, while Pete Herbert and the Cosmonauts play the Loft. Sunday night epically closes the weekend by celebrating not only 20 years of Ministry of Sound, but 20 years of house music. Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and CJ Mackintosh will play in the Box, while Kenny Carpenter and Farley & Heller will be next door. Many happy returns.

The Gallery presents Ministry’s 20th birthday on Friday 16th, £20

Saturday Sessions – The  20th Birthday on Saturday 17th, £20

20 Years of House on Sunday 18th, £15

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