If you’ve been anywhere near a nightclub in the last three decades, then you’ve heard a Ministry of Sound track. The UK-based club, label and all-round industry juggernaut has proven to be one of the world’s most successful independent musical heavyweights, producing hundreds of chart-topping dance music singles and forming the soundtrack of the clubbing years for millions. Under the ownership of Sony since 2016, the group has continued to collaborate with the world’s hottest superstars, and is now bringing a re-imagined live show to the Gold Coast for one night only.
With a focus on popular, catchy samples and world-class vocals, this seemingly inexhaustible brand has brought the world hits such as ‘Children’ by Robert Miles, ‘Sandstorm’ by Darude, Faithless’ ‘Insomnia’ and ‘Stranger Things’ by Kygo feat. OneRepublic. And you can hear your fave tracks performed live when the Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated ‘Strings of Life’ tour turns HOTA into one huge outdoor club on 7 December, re-arranging the hits with a live orchestral backing and featuring popular singers and DJs from the nineties and noughties.
Sam Sparro, best remembered for his unique vocal stylings and smash hit ‘Black and Gold’, is one of three guest vocalists who will be performing as part of the ‘Strings of Life’ tour. He reminisces with us about Ministry of Sound.
“For me – Ministry of Sound brings up a lot of memories of moving to London as a teenager and clubbing- there was a lot of self discovery at that time. I’ve had some really great Ministry records in my collection and compilations over the years. They’re synonomous with club culture and dance music. They’ve definitely made an impact on my life so it’s great to be included in that legacy and to get to dive into their catalogue as well.
“I always love the opportunity to sing with a full orchestra – it’s such a privilege and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do it a fair bit in my career – so that I’m looking forward to a lot.”
Sam is also stoked to be joined by Alison Limerick, known for her incredible 1992 ‘And Still I Rise’ album, and Crystal Waters, of ‘Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)’ and ‘100% Pure Love’ fame.
“No questions I’m a fan of Crystal and Alison,” he says.
“I used to do a cover of Gypsy Woman in my live show which really went off at Glastonbury – I even recorded a version of it as a B-side. I remember watching her perform on TV in a double breasted suit and thinking how cool that was. And Alison too – ‘Where Love Lives’ is a timeless anthem – I heard it so much at festivals and clubs coming up and I’ve always loved it. We are going to be doing a song together in the show which I’m excited about.”
In a career coup, Brisbane DJ Harry K has been announced as the warm up DJ for the Gold Coast stop of the tour. Harry K has been at the forefront of Brisbane’s club scene for over two decades promoting and performing at some of Brisbane’s biggest nightclubs, including the city’s first super club Family. Throughout his DJ career he has supported a stellar cast of names including Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Cosmic Gate, Ferry Corsten and Lisa Lashes.
“Being part of Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated is like a dream come true,” Harry K tells us.
“I’ve grown up with these anthems and the whole dance music movement that Ministry of Sound championed. I’m excited to play a small part in paying homage to the music from that era.”
Whether Moby and Fatboy Slim were your jam, or you’re more of Calvin Harris and Deadmau5 fan, The Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated ‘Strings of Life’ tour will see you be a part of the biggest outdoor summer nightclub on the Gold Coast. Grab your mates (and your platform sneakers, if you still have them) and head out under the stars for an unforgettable night of dancefloor nostalgia. Tickets here.