Til I Die
Ministry of Sound
1st May 2005
Well it's the Bank Holiday weekend and what way to finish the
weekend by visiting HTID at the world famous Ministry of Sound,
London. This was my first visit and also HTID's first visit to
this prestigious venue. With HTID scouring the UK to find the
finest venues that the country has to offer, how will hardcore
go down at the Ministry of Sound?
The line-up featured not only all the HTID favourites alongside
oldskool legends but also a room showcasing the best up and coming
talent within the hardcore scene.
Leaving Birmingham we arrived in the capital for just after 9,
arriving at the Elephant and Castle, via Hyde park, Parliament
square, Millennium eye some of the great sights the capital has
to offer. It took us quite some time locating the venue, I do
like raving in London but the only problem it's poorly sign posted.
We finally found the Ministry of Sound located down some side
street, which I didn't expect. Having parked up and secured our
belongings we headed to the venue. We were greeted by quite a
large queue, which edged onto the end of the street. Though it
was quite fast moving and didn't have to wait too long before
we got into the venue.
From the outside of the venue you could tell why this venue has
got the reputation that it has. It looks very plush with massive
projections of the Ministry of Sound logo projected on the walls
of the venue and lighting up the night's sky.
After a thorough search we were inside the venue, once through
the corridors of the Ministry you directly hit the oldskool arena.
This arena is quite spacious with plenty of room to move plus
located here is the main bar. The oldskool room was decked out
with HTID logos and with mirror balls hanging from the ceiling.
Headed to the main arena and Robbie long was on warming up the
crowd with some breakbeat hardcore. The sound system in here was
rather quiet too from what I expected. At the front of the arena
was located the DJ box with a stage at the front for the MC's
to perform on. Either side of the DJ box was located some massive
speaker stacks, though people did use these throughout the night
to chill out on. The lighting in here was quite poor I thought,
as it was quite dark in here most of the night, though the laser
and strobes were quite impressive.
After getting my bearings I headed back to the oldskool room
and DJ Jedi was finishing up he played the Moving Shadow classic
from 2 Bad Mice 'Waremouse'. After Jedi it was the turn of Twista,
I've never heard Twista play out before though seen his name on
plenty of the HTID flyers. I was quite impressed to what he played,
as he started the set with nu-skool breaks he played 'The outer
space' remix and continued to play 'on my own' and 'Isotonik's
'Lets get down' which went down quite well. Nice to see DJ's Diggin
out some classics.
Well I found the New breed room and The Jedi masters featuring
MC Yoda were finishing up. Next up was Shauny C with MC Sykee,
Shaun started the set with a mega mix, which is a compilation
of his, and Abeynace's tunes ranging from 'Time to Fly', 'Have
you ever' and 'Star Tonite'. The arena might be small but there
were plenty of people in here supporting new talent, and also
for HTID to give the new talent not only a chance to play at a
high level but at such a world-renowned venue. Shaun continued
to play a Raver Baby style as he played 'Only time', 'Be happy',
'Poison', '2Xtreme' and also 'Chennai'. After this set I headed
into the bar to see N-Joi.
N-Joi were performing a DJ set, Raindance's MC Strict was on
mic duty keeping the crowd hyped. N-Joi played some early techno
tunes as they played 'Joey Beltram's -Energy Flash, 'The Vamp',
'Hurt you so' they finished the set with the Woostick remix of
Moby's classic 'Go'.
In the main arena and Dougal and Gammer were finishing up, the
sound system in here got turned up but not as loud as I expected
it to be, especially with signs of excessive sound levels as you
entered the main arena. Heard of Valve???
The main arena was really hot in here though there was some air
conditioning as I located a spot at the front stage under a cooling
vent, thank god. Gammer ended the set with 'Scott Brown's - Boomstick',
which went down really well. Next up was the Next Generation showcase
featuring Brisk and Ham with Wotsee on the mic.
Originally Seduction and Rude were supposed to be on at this
time but swapped sets with Brisk and Ham. Which was a good idea
I thought as this set was fast paced and stomping. Had it been
on later I don't think I would have had the energy!!!
This was one of my favourite sets from the Next Generation duo,
as they played 'Crazy love', 'Posion', 'Be Happy' remix and 'Dancefloor
Termor', they also played some nu-style gabba tunes which were
On at the same time in the oldskool arena Hixxy and Ramos going
back to back with the teacher and ex student playing some oldskool
classics. RSR's Ronnie G was MCin alongside Whizzkid MC. The set
featured plenty of 94-95 classics as they played 'The slammer','
Let it lift you' and the RSR classic 'Sunshine'.
I've caught Whizzkid MC over a few oldskool sets recently and
I personally think he does an amazing job over oldskool respect.
Back to the main arena and it was the HTID boss yes DJ Hixxy
alongside MC Storm. Hixxy opened the set with a new remix of the
oldskool classic 'Set you free'. Hixxy's set featured plenty of
new material. Storm was hyping up the crowd as always and hurling
friendly abuse at people sitting down, 'What you doing sitting
down at a rave???' was all good jest. Hixxy played a new tune
which features Storm's 'Futuristic Entertainer' rhyme, which went
down really well along with anew remix of 'Pretty green eyes'
along with 'Special D - Come with me'
Mark One of Altern-8 fame was on in the oldskool arena with MC
Charlie B, Mark was playing some oldskool jungle with a couple
of ragga jungle tunes thrown in too. As he played 'Conquering
Lion-Code Red' and 'Original Sess' along with 'Ready or not',
'Bad Ass', 'Warhead' though he did cut the mix quite short
It was quite nice to see the Ratpack mingling with the ravers
during this set, as both Mark and Everson were having a brock
whilst the jungle was being played.
After Mark one it was the turn of Topbuzz who were slightly late
as the Ratpack were going to swap sets. Well both Jason and Patrick
turned up, Jason started the set with 'Doctor of dance' to get
things going. He started to play quite a number of tunes from
1990. Plenty of early house tunes as well keeping the tempo quite
mellow in here. Jason started to play some big tunes from '92
as he played 'Android', 'Charly' and 'Your love'. At this point
I decided to head to the main arena to catch DJ Druid.
DJ Druid was playing a classic Rhythm Station set alongside MC
Storm, playing some proper early bouncy techno tunes. Was good
to hear this sort of style in the main arena of a hardcore rave
just to break up the evening. Druid played 'Fuck my best friend',
'Cold as ice',' Peoples party' and 'The Antisocial- My way'.
Well after Druid it the turn of Sedcution and MC Rude, though
at this point we decided to leave.
Overall I had a wicked night atmosphere was brilliant as a certain
minority of ravers didn't turn up, plenty of up for it people.
With it being a warm day it did get quite hot in the main arena,
though there is numerous air vents dotted around the arena it's
a matter of finding one to dance under.
I did think that it was quite over priced at the bar, as it was
£3 for a bottle of water and £4 for a bottle of beer.
I found it quite amusing watching the staff at the Ministry as
every 5 minutes I noticed them walking around the venue with a
dust pan and brush making sure the place was kept clean, which
you don't' get to see very often at a rave venue.
There wasn't really a designated chill out area and plenty of
people were just sitting around in the corridors leading to the
main room but some other making use of the speaker stacks.
Have to say my hat goes off to HTID for finding a different venue
rather than using Air and the Empire, I mean who would of thought
of having hardcore at the Ministry of sound?
Best set's of the night has to be Brisk and Ham, especially with
it being on early and Druid's Rhythm Station set playing some
under played old bouncy hardcore.
Massive respects to Hixxy and HTID crew, Storm, Whizzkid, Brisk,
Ramos, Ronnie G, Everson Allen and Lipmaster mark, Jason and Partick,
Styles, MC Rude, Mark One, N-Joi, Charlie B, Chris Lambert, Twista
and MC Strict.
Big shouts to Shaun and Leanne, Bertie, Doug, Purly, Gazy J,
Craig, Mel, Skyee, Mike from Bornhardcore, Jim and Damo from UKScene,
the lovely lady in red who brought me a drink (you know who you
are!) Rob from True Hardcore, Kev, Carrie, Lisa-Jo, Michelle,
Lee UHF, Andy Legs and the rest of the USH.net crew also to everyone
else whose names I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
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