Celebrating 25 years at the heart of British club culture, Ministry of Sound announce a new all-day event M25 Festival, taking place at Trent Park in North London on Sunday 7th August 2016.
M25 Festival will reunite some of dance music's most legendary names with arenas hosted by A Night In Paradise in honour of Paradise Garage, and Shoom.
From 1977 – 1987, NYC music institution Paradise Garage nurtured house music from it's disco origins and launched the careers of seminal figures such as Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles and Nicky Siano. Alongside peers such as The Loft and Studio 54, Paradise Garage set the mould for club culture as we know it today and established dance music's enduring ethos of vibrant inclusivity.
As Paradise Garage closed it's doors for the last time in New York, London's Shoom was just getting started as a young Danny Rampling returned from Ibiza, bringing Balearic club culture to the UK. First opening it's doors in 1987, Shoom Club became a launching point for acid house, spearheading one of the UK's most recognisable social movements in recent history.
Representing the northern corner-stone of club culture, M25 Festival will host the Haçienda Classical for their only UK festival performance this season. With a forty-piece orchestra in tow, the Haçienda Classical will reinterpret classic club anthems, bringing a truly unique music offering to the show.
Two further acts revealed ahead of the full lineup announcement take the form of Eric Morillo, a vanguard of house music since the early 90s who relaunched his revered imprint Subliminal Records last year. Original house gangster, DJ Sneak is also confirmed. Famed for his playful, high-energy sets, Sneak's performance at M25 Festival is sure to prove a highlight of the day.
As the home for last year's inaugural 51st State Festival, the stunning surrounds of Trent Park in Cockfosters offers a gleaming gem of urban countryside, providing the perfect place for Ministry Of Sound's all-day celebration.
Taking place on a Sunday as a nod to early British rave culture, the North London location is situated a stone's throw from the M25 motorway, aiming to recapture the magic and integrity of the M25 rave scene and invite festivals goers from all generations to enjoy the free-spirited atmosphere and revelry on offer.