Ministry Of Sound have announced plans to hold their NEW YEAR’S EVE 2000 party at the controversial MILLENNIUM DOME site in south-east LONDON.
In a press conference held at the North Greenwich site chaired by Founder and Director of Ministry of Sound, Mark Rodol, and Chief Executive of the Dome PY Gerbeau, the event will be the final swansong for the premises before they close on January 1st 2001.
Though the event will not take place in the Dome itself, there will be four arenas housed in the area surrounding the main dome, including the Skyscape venue which recently hosted the DMC Technics World Mixing Championships.
DJs already confirmed include Paul Oakenfold, The Dreem Team, Artful Dodger, Ferry Corsten, Fabio and DJ Rap, with many more to be confirmed in the next couple of days. There will be a total of 37 DJs playing at the 16,000 capacity event, with an arena each dedicated to house, UK Garage, drum’n’ bass and ambient.
“This will be a completely new club night,” explained Rodol. “It will be an unforgettable way of ending the year. We are delighted to be holding this event within a state of the art venue with acclaimed DJs – it’s going to be a lot of fun.
“I think everyone thought we were going to get to 6pm, turn the lights off and go home,” continued PY Gerbeau from the Dome. “Now, we’re going out with something that celebrates the youth culture in this country – we’re looking to the future.”
Rodol revealed that Ministry would be spending in excess of £500,000 on the production of the event, promising a unique show. He also quipped that although last New Year’s Eve saw the Prime Minister and the Queen in attendance, the only politicians and royalty likely to be attendance this year were Prince William and Euan Blair, “who will be both be sent invites!”
NYE 2000 Dome runs from 9pm on December 31 until 9am, January 1. London Underground trains will be running until 2am on January 1st, then re-starting three hours later at 5am. Tickets are priced £35 a head, and are available now on Ticketmaster‘s 24 hour ticket-line on 0870 5344 4444, and through leading record stores.