Trance heavyweights... or acoustic pioneers? Meet Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond are getting used to the desert. The British trance heavyweights are coming to Creamfields from a residency at Wynn Las Vegas, a city considered America’s answer to Ibiza.
In October they played its biggest ever UK show at London’s Alexandra Palace to celebrate the 500th broadcast of their Group Therapy radio show. As well as the 10,000-strong crowd, the gig went out to 25 million listeners.
Owners of London-based electronic dance labels Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, Above & Beyond have been at the vanguard of trance since forming in 2000.
Founding members Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki met at university in London and began writing music together, forming the label Anjunabeats to distribute their own records. Former Warner Music Group marketing boss Tony McGuinness joined the band and they began winning favour with the likes of Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Judge Jules and Paul van Dyk. They’ve played at every major dance festival you care to name, and in 2007 performed for an estimated one million people on Rio de Janeiro’s Barra Beach.
They have recently expanded their horizons by branching out to acoustic pop music. Their new record ‘Sun and Moon’ is the lead single from an entire album of softer tunes and promises to shake up the charts .
Speaking to Rolling Stone earlier this month, Siljamäki said: “‘Sun & Moon’ is one of our best-loved songs and probably the one that evokes the biggest crowd response all over the world, so it was an interesting challenge to try to create an acoustic version that might connect in the same way. To then have the chance to perform it live as part of a band will go down as one of the greatest thrills of our career.”
So, we await to see exactly what they deliver at Creamfields.
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