Ministry of Sound

The Ministry of Sound has successfully lobbied the Mayor of London and local developers. As a result the club is no longer at risk... Congratulations to all involved!

Music Heritage UK is proud to be supporting the Ministry of Sound in its campaign to halt a redevelopment which puts the future of the world-famous club at risk.   

The Ministry of Sound has made its name over the past 22 years as a world famous super-club.  Not only a leading venue for dance music and revered by dance music fans the world over, it is the world’s biggest independent record label which has sold over 50 million albums, a business which employs 200 and one which welcomes over 300,000 people a year through its doors to listen to music through the £1 million sound system.

The club, which is based in Elephant and Castle, London, is under threat from a new residential development.  Plans for a luxury apartment complex, only ten metres away from the club’s front door mean that noise complaints will make running the club almost impossible.  The local council saw sense and rejected the plans, however Mayor of London, Boris Johnson overruled the council and "called in" the application.  The original plan was for a hearing on 26th February 2013, but this has since been delayed.

Ministry of Sound has a relatively long and illustrious history of supporting hundreds of dance-acts, genres and a vibrant London youth culture.  Along the way it has launched the careers of generations of DJs and performers including Example, Daniel Bedingfield, Eric Prydz and So Solid Crew.  Bands that have played live in the club include D12 with Eminem, the Cocteau Twins, Metallica, Pulp and the Prodigy.  The video for Take That's 'Relight My Fire' was also shot there, along with club scenes for a number of films including The Dark Knight Rises and The Inbetweeners.

Over 45,000 people have signed a petition against the plans in a campaign backed by stars including Sir Elton John, Judge Jules, Pete Tong and Fatboy Slim

Ministry of Sound is a huge global brand and the club has an iconic status which is unrivalled in the world of dance music and popular culture.  Put simply, the Ministry of Sound has an iconic status which simply cannot be ignored.  As well as destroying a cultural and artistic legacy, the proposed redevelopment will destroy one of London's most successful independent music brands.  

** The Ministry of Sound has successfully lobbied the Mayor of London and local developers. As a result the club is no longer at risk... Congratulations to all involved! **

Find out more in the news updates below and in the media coverage to the right.

News Updates:

December 2013 - Mayor of London, Boris Johnson makes announcement on development which goes ahead albeit with increased soundproofing measures and a "deed of easement" on flats will prevent future residents from submitting noise nuisance claims.

November 2013 - Decision again postponed. Online petition reaches 50,000 signatories, 13,000 facebook fans on campaign page. Mayor asks Ministry of Sound and Developer to reach compromise.

May 2013 - Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and aides visit Ministry of Sound for tour, postpones decision.

December 2012 - Ministry of Sounds sends secret shopper to visit developer who shares their scheme which legally avoids paying stamp duty through complex dealings with subsidary companies based in Isle of Man. Video footage is shared with The Guardian.

December 2011 - Mayor of London, Boris Johnson pulls in decision for review.

November 2011 - Planning application by developers rejected by Southwark Council.

 

What you need to do now!

1. Visit the Ministry of Sound campaign page.

2. Sign the petition to halt the development and keep the club open.

3. Show your support by tweeting your reasons to save the club to @ministryofsound using the hashtag #savemosclub

4. Become a fan of the campaign on facebook.

5. Write to Boris Johnson and his team and let them know what you think!

Get the lowdown...

See how the media covered the campaign and discover more about the Ministry of Sound and its battle against develoeprs and the powers that be!

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