We were lucky to be in attendance to see what trance superheroes Above & Beyond had in store for us Thursday evening of Miami Music Week with their Group Therapy Miami event stationed at the Bayfront Amphitheatre where Ultra Music Festival would begin to take place the following day. It was a spectacular show with some of the best in class supporting them including Mat Zo, Arty, Boom Jinx and Andrew Bayer who was Jaytech's replacement (Jaytech was unable to make it because of issues with his visa which we were very put off by after his brilliant mix of Anjunadeep 04 and our excitement to see him live).
(Feature Photo: Justin Markell | MAGNETIC; All others photos by Rutger Geerling)
Set to the backdrop of the Miami skyline amongst thousands of Anjunabeats loyals, Above & Beyond's one-off event for Miami Music Week was a huge success and a moment we will savor. Bringing together a crowd much unlike any other we had seen during the week, spectators bathed in the beauty of the sound and united for true "Group Therapy." If you have not had the pleasure of seeing Above & Beyond live, we highly recommend that you do so, as they do not tour regularly as most super-producers do making it a truly special treat.
Attention Angelenos: A 3rd date was just added after quickly selling out two nights at The Shrine mid-May; flyer with details below. You'll thank us later.
Once the sun went down, Jono and Tony of Above & Beyond took the stage giving their fans everything they wanted and more in an energetic performance complete with tracks off their album Group Therapy, several remixes including some of their recent club mixes such as Kaskade's "Room for Happiness" and their own "Love Is Not Enough", a couple from Anjunabeats rising stars Mat Zo, Andrew Bayer and Matt Lange, along with some other gems that were not out of left field.
They opened their set with "Alchemy" featuring Zoë Johnston, receiving a yell of the utmost positive feedback from their fans. After beautiful tracks from Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange, Jerome Isma-Ae, Mat Zo and The Chemical Brothers, half way through their set "Thing Called Love" (Above & Beyond 2011 Club Mix) was dropped which was a definitive highlight. Soon after one of my current personal favorites Markus Schulz Presents Dakota "Gypsy Room" (Duderstadt Remix) stole some hearts, which was followed by Depeche Mode "Personal Jesus" (Eric Prdyz Remix)!
Stellar remixes from Norin & Rad followed, as did tunes from Super 8 and Oceanlab before Above & Beyond's finale. I couldn't think of a better way to close it out with the three favorites from Group Therapy played back to back to back in "Sun & Moon" (Club Mix), "Prelude" and "Love Is Not Enough" (Above & Beyond Club Mix).
Was a perfect end to a beautifully melodic early evening that was just getting started. We were off to WALL at W South Beach to see Sebastian Ingrosso's Refune label party where the man himself and prodigy Alesso took the decks supported by Otto Knows and Swanky Tunes. Oh, the beauty of WMC, from the best in trance to the best in progressive house, so quickly. Can you say mind f*ck? Check out our recap here!
Unfortunately, we missed out on some our favorites in Mat Zo, Arty, Andrew Bayer and Boom Jinx which we heard were top notch, but here's a couple photos and some downloadable set lists for you to relive what was Group Therapy Miami.There's always next time right?
01 Above & Beyond feat. Zoe Johnston - Alchemy
02 Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange feat. Kerry Leva - In And Out Of Phase (Norin & Rad Remix)
03 ID - ID
04 Jerome Isma-Ae - Speed
05 ID - ID
Guest @20min The Chemical Brothers - Swoon (Maor Levi Remix)
06 Mat Zo - Loop (The Essential Unreleased Mix)
07 Kaskade feat. Skylar Grey - Room For Happiness (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
08 ID - ID
09 Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford - On My Way To Heaven (Club Mix)
10 ID - ID
11 Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford - Thing Called Love (2011 Club Mix)
12 ID - ID
13 Above & Beyond feat. Zoe Johnston - You Got To Go (Kyau & Albert Remix)
14 Markus Schulz pres. Dakota - Gypsy Room (Duderstadt Remix)
15 Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus (Eric Prydz Remix)
16 Above & Beyond Vs. Andy Moor - Air For Life (Norin & Rad 2012 Remix)
17 Andrew Bayer feat. Molly Bancroft - Keep Your Secrets (ID Remix)
18 Super8 - Alba (Maor Levi Remix)
19 Oceanlab vs. Norin & Rad - Secret Bloom (Norin & Rad Mashup)
20 Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford - Sun & Moon (Club Mix)
21 Above & Beyond - Prelude
22 Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston - Love Is Not Enough (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
01. Jerome Isma Ae vs The Paradise – Lets Be In Love With You (Mat Zo Mashup Intro)
02. Sia & Sander Van Doorn vs Mat Zo – The Girl You Lost to Superman (Mat Zo Mashup)
03. Wolfgang Gartner vs Faithless – Montezuma Matters (Mat Zo Mashup)
04. Dada Life vs Avicii – Kick Out the Levels Motherfucker (Mat Zo Mashup)
05. Green Velvet – Flash (Nick Romero Remix)
07. Deadmau5 vs DMad & Arty – The Reward Is Happiness (Mat Zo Mashup)
08. Christian Weber & Alex Kenji vs Michael Cassette – Electronic Memories (Mat Zo Mashup)
09. John Aquaviva & Swen Webber – First Stroke (Mat Zo Edit)
10. Jerome Isma Ae vs Madeon – Flashing Icarus (Mat Zo Mashup)
11. Phunk Investigation & Lizzie Curious – Freak the Speaker (Mat Zo Edit)
12. Mat Zo – Its Yours (Original Mix)
13. Mord Fustang vs Eric Prydz – Call On Me Now Connected (Mat Zo Mashup)
01 – Arty & Mat Zo – Mozart (Arty Big Room Edit)
02 – Arty & Matisse & Sadko – Trio
03 – Paul van Dyk feat. Sue Mclaren – We Come Together (Arty Remix)
04 – Arty – ID
05 – OceanLab & Above & Beyond vs. Mat Zo & Arty feat. Justine Suissa – Satellite vs. Synapse Dynamics (Mat Zo Mashup)
06 – Arty – Around The World
07 – Arty vs. Imogen Heap – Seek Zara (SHato & Paul Rockseek Mashup)
08 – Arty – ID
09 – Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso vs. Arty & Mat Zo – Calling Rebound (Arty Mashup)
10 – BT & Arty feat. Nadia Ali – Must Be The Love
11 – Ferry Corsten – Punk (Arty Rock-n-Rolla Remix)
12 – Arty – Kate
13 – D-Mad & Arty vs. Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford – She Gave Me The Sun And Moon (Lavisse Den Bosch Bootleg)