At the end of last month, the following teaser video appeared online (below). Dramatically and artistically shot, it started off suggesting that some monumental event was going to befall London this summer — like a UFO landing, or something equally epic.
Trance titans Above & Beyond have been announced as Saturday headliners for this year’s SW4 festival.
The event, which takes place on Clapham Common on Saturday 23rd & 24th August, will be the trio’s only London show of 2014.
Fresh from their revolutionary acoustic shows, the group are now full of excitement for a more traditional homecoming:
Yesterday DJ Mag USA showcased the Above & Beyond unplugged live shows. Today the trance trio have announced that they will return to London this summer, for what they are calling their ‘biggest ever show’ in the capital.
Face it. Often, the biggest acts in electronic music come at us like bass-dropping wolves. Above & Beyond is the group that bears a unique calling card to distinguish itself from the pack. In lieu of a signature synth, viral videos or outlandish stage gimmicks, the British trance trio has established a legacy based on one word: connection. Sure they boast over two million followers across social media, as well as legion of worldwide fans that live Tweet during their weekly podcasts.
From: London, UK
DJ style: “Enthusiastic.”
Best known for: “Our awesome Anjunafamily.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Gabriel & Dresden ‘You (Myon x Elevven Remix)’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Spencer Brown.”
“Last weekend we hosted the 300th edition of our radio show Group Therapy in Hong Kong,” says Tony McGuinness of trance trio Above & Beyond, “with an all-star line up, and debuted half a dozen new productions of our own.” It’s a neat encapsulation of just how high the London crew behind the hugely popular Anjunabeats label is flying at the moment.
In 2018, Above & Beyond released their fifth album ‘Common Ground’, which featured collaborators such as Zoë Johnston and Richard Bedford, and spent much of the year performing it for their devoted fan-base around the world. Their almost constant touring took them to Ukraine, Japan, Canada, the US, Australia and Indonesia, while they managed to squeeze in a few new singles along the way too, including ‘Rocket Science’ and ‘Red Rocks’. And as if that wasn’t enough, their label Anjunabeats continued to pledge its allegiance to the deeper end of trance; McGuinness is particularly chuffed at signing one of his favourite duos. “We got Gabriel & Dresden onto Anjunabeats, where they belong, after years of trying,” he says. “Their second album has done rather well.”
Words: BEN MURPHY