Trance fans from across the globe came together last weekend for one of the biggest electronic music celebrations of the year.
Welcome to Group Therapy 100 with Above and Beyond.
A&B’s Group Therapy podcast has become the centerpiece of the British trio’s arsenal. Earlier this year, the Anjunabeats creators announced that ABGT100 would be held at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York.
The night was filled with positive vibes, peaceful thoughts, and a plethora of unreleased ID tracks from some of the finest artists Anjunabeats has to offer. Above and Beyond kicked off the night with a special deep set created solely for this landmark event. The opening set featured soulful tracks from the likes of 16 Bit Lolitas, Gui Boratto, Dusky and Meramek.
Quite a fitting opening to the night.
After Above and Beyond opened up with their down-tempo, deep house set, they handed over the decks to fellow London native Ilan Bluestone. The young up-and-comer has been on Rager’s radar since back in 2013 when he made our Top 100 Producers of 2013. He opened his ABGT100 set with an “Id” capable of making your head spin.
Ilan’s set featured plenty of hits, including three songs of his upcoming EP Snapdragon. “Atlantis,” “Aurora” and “Snapdragon” are all highlighted in his ground-breaking set, reconfirming his position near the top of trance music.
Andrew Bayer knows a thing or two about making people cry. Okay, maybe that came out wrong. But it seems like just about every time I listen to one of Andrew’s sets, I end up teary eyed. Once again, his performance at ABGT100 made a grown man cry.
The set opened with a ten minute “ID” that I will be searching for until the end of time. Not to mention, Andrew dropped his upcoming single “Super Human” featuring Asbjorn. If you haven’t listened to Andrew Bayer before, this is the time to start. And if you don’t trust me, just jump to 1:25 and turn it up to maximum volume.
Mat Zo puts together a set like an army general assembling his fleet for battle. Each song plays like a chapter of Mat’s book – it has tone, structure, a plot and character development. Maybe the average ear can’t hear it, but Mat is a storyteller in every sense of the word. His ABGT100 mix might be the most diverse set of the night, featuring songs across just about every genre EDM has to offer.
Onto the main event of the evening. The final artist needs no introduction – because we already introduced them in the beginning of this article. In case you somehow missed it because you we’re skimming (shame on you), we’ll say it again. Above and Beyond. Above and Beyond. Above and Beyond.
A&B began the final set of ABGT100 the right way, by dropping their monumental upcoming single, “We’re All We Need” featuring the stunning vocals of Zoe Johnston. The men from London continued their set with a number of unknown “IDs” including unreleased tracks from Andrew Bayer as well as a few unknown tracks of their own to leave the crowd teased and aroused. Ok, maybe not aroused. Unless you’re into that sort of thing.
Other highlights from the set included Kevin Wild & Judah’s remix of “The Dark” by Boom Jinx featuring Meredith Call, Jason Ross’s remix of “Gravity” by Parker & Hanson and “Elements” by Jason Ross.
It was another unforgettable night for Above and Beyond, Anjunabeats, the city of New York and trance fans across the world.
An accomplishment like ABGT100 won’t come around too often, especially at a venue like Madison Square Garden. The next landmark event for Above and Beyond won’t be for another 50 Group Therapy sessions, but we cannot wait to see what the trio has in store.