The Miniscule of Sound opened in Hackney, London as the world’s smallest nightclub in August 1998, in the changing booth of a disused outdoor swimming pool (Hackney Lido, in London Fields), as a parody of Ministry of Sound. The music policy allows anything that ‘ain’t too warped or scratched’ to be played, and although entrance is free, the doormen may eject anyone at any time. (Big thank you to Elliot W)
Currently in its third version, the nightclub has a maximum capacity of 14 people (including DJ) in an area of 4 feet (1.2 metre) by 8 feet (2.4 m), with a dance floor of 2 square metres. It has travelled the world, being a regular presence at summer music and arts festivals, and in its time has refused many a supposed superstar DJ – most notably asking Fatboy Slim for a demo tape before considering offering him a slot. Ninja Tunes DJs have also been asked to prove their credentials before being allowed to take the decks, notably at their tenth birthday celebrations in London, at which ‘The ‘scule’ performed.
Now in its eleventh year of operation, and when it’s not being stored in a van parked in a service station on the M25, the Miniscule continues to globetrot and play various festivals around the world.