After stunning Porchester Hall attendees with expertly arranged acoustic performances, Above & Beyond has announced that they’ll be bringing the experience across the pond. On October 12th, Jono, Tony and Paavo will be joined on stage by a string quartet, a harpist and vocalists, including Group Therapy’s Zoe Johnson, in an evening of emotive instrumentation. Though the Los Angeles venue has yet to be announced, the group has promised it will be “very special and fitting.” Presale tickets go on sale August 14th — registration available here.
If you simply can’t swing across the country for the event, fear not: The show coincides with the release of A&B’s acoustic album; meaning you’ll be able to tap into your own acoustic set anytime you like.
After a three month hiatus, Finnish super-producer Joonas Hahmo is back with a summertime vengeance. “GT 83,” Hahmo’s newest release on his own label, Hahmo Recordings, is a melody-driven, high-octane anthem. The chaps from Above & Beyond have supported the track already, and this supercharged tune is packed with energy and sunny vibes — perfect for driving along the coastline with the windows down, or adding a little extra flavor to a DJ set. Wherever you play it, make sure to turn your volume up high. Be sure to grab it, out now, at Beatport.
Escapade Music Festival got under way this Saturday in Ottawa amidst come-and-go showers, running-high adrenaline, and celebrations for Canada Day. Fans looking to celebrate their Independence Day 48 hours early had no intention of easing into the weekend, and neither did the headlining acts at the main stage or relentless DJs at the tech stage. Threats of storms, muddy pastures, and the looming action-packed weekend couldn’t keep artists or fans alike off their feet on day one of Escapade. In the nation’s capital for its biggest holiday, Dancing Astronaut presents the 5 Ws of Escapade Music Festival — who, what, where, when, and why from day one.
On October 26th, Above & Beyond will be returning back home to London with their Group Therapy radio show in tow. In anticipation for the event the trio have just announced the additional artists that will be joining them for this special live broadcast. Taking place at the 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace the trio will be accompanied by Russia’s Arty, America’s Andrew Bayer, the legendary Norwegian Boom Jinx and Israel’s progressive house sensation Guy J – a congregation of some of the best talents in their respective genres.
Group Therapy 50 will be Above & Beyond’s only major appearance in London this year and it will also be their biggest show of all time in the capital.
With his name now resounding across global club land, Norway’s Fehrplay emerges back on the scene with the hotly tipped follow-up to January’s “I Can’t Stop It” for Pryda Friends. Initially unveiled during his guest mix for Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy radio show, “Phantom” picks up where its predecessor left off on the trail of no-nonsense progressive house. Euphorically charged and melodically refined, the tracks ascending energy and overriding synths provide a defining guise to the compositional stamina that has made Jonas Fehr indispensible to Prydz’s overarching musical mission. One thing is for certain: Pryda Friends are out to take back the progressive house charts for 2013 and armed with this Norwegian trailblazer, their chances look considerably good.
While new clubs Hakkasan and Light rack up residents for their opening seasons, Las Vegas’s mainstay day and night venues at the Wynn have enlisted Above & Beyond for this summer’s festivities. The trance group will bring their Group Therapy movement to nightclubs XS and Surrender as well as Encore Beach Club. Spanning May, June, and July, Above & Beyond take their rare act to Sin City for a seven-event showcase.
After appearing on the radio shows of such names as Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren and Ferry Corsten, a certain “Walter White” is reintroducing itself to those who may have forgotten. After earning a spot as a standout on Anjunabeats Volume 10, the tune has been released as a single with an additional 90 seconds of Above & Beyond magic. Acting as a soundtrack within a single, the track journeys from the melancholic to the intense, making its way to a trance melody that proved its power at Ultra’s A State Of Trance Stage. More than a club anthem, “Walter White” goes above and beyond into new realms of trance territory.
Above & Beyond have announced that North London’s Alexandra Palace will be the location for this year’s live broadcast of Group Therapy. The trio will take over the sprawling venue’s Great Hall on October 26, bringing still unrevealed guests with them for Group Therapy 050. The show will be broadcast around the world, but for those in the area, registration for presale tickets ends tonight at Midnight, BST. Presale tickets go on sale April 24th at 9 A.M. BST, with the general sale beginning April 26th. For ticket information and to preregister, click here.
At 12:45 Sunday afternoon, a voice cut across an edit of Hard Rock Sofa & Dirty Shade’s “Collapsar,” causing a still-filling Ultra Mega Structure to turn toward the sound.
“Good morning Miami!” the voice rang out. “Are you ready for The Expedition?” Heads started nodding. “Are you ready for 11 hours of A State of Trance?” A yes-shaped roar emerged.
The voice was Armin van Buuren’s, the set was Tritonal‘s, and the effect was pandemonium. Projected on screen from the on-site ASOT studio, the patriarch of the trance family beamed down at the crowd, encouraging them to give it up for their fellow Americans, the trance team from Texas that kicked off the live ASOT 600 experience and played the first of the day’s ten sets.
Hundreds of DJs, seven stages, two weekends. Where do you start? Who do you see and who do you skip? Dancing Astronaut has you covered. We’ve filled you in on the acts you can’t ignore for Weekend One, spearheaded by dubstep and deep house-heavy rosters. The second weekend, however, sees another two genres at the forefront along with some of the biggest names in popular dance music. From the whopping trance offerings to the invigorating trap overture, to the best in progressive and electro, here are the stages you can’t ignore at Ultra Weekend Two.