Throughout the years, Above & Beyond have proved themselves as dance music greats. The trio’s performances move way beyond the realm of simple DJ sets, sometimes encompassing whole orchestral presentations.
Above & Beyond’s impeccable taste and vision have birthed two fan-favorite taste-making labels, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, and because those brands have come to represent quality and a focus on the future, Insomniac has given A&B full rein to program an entire stage not once, but now twice.
“Last year’s Anjunadeep stage at Nocturnal [Wonderland] was one of the best deep stages we’ve done so far in terms of sound, production and atmosphere, so we’re hoping to build on that again this year,” the trio says in an email interview. Saturday, Sept. 2, fans who wander by the Sunken Garden stage will be pleased to find Anjunadeep artists and special guests have taken over. Performers include Gab Rhome, George FitzGerald, Cubicolor, Yotto, Henrik Schwartz live, Simian Mobile Disco, Lane 8 and Âme live.
“You want the music and the vibe to suit the time of day and atmosphere of the crowd, just as you would with a DJ set,” Above & Beyond says. “Of the acts from our Anjunadeep roster, Lane 8, Yotto, Cubicolor and Gab Rhome are four DJs we’re huge fans of who have always delivered special sets at our parties over the years. The guests we’ve invited are talents we’ve admired for a long time.”
After 11 years of hard work, dedication and great tunes, Anjunadeep is certainly qualified to take you on a day’s worth of musical exploration unlike any other.
“One of the biggest lessons is to trust your own instincts and ignore trends,” A&B says. “The label has evolved naturally over a decade and continues to diversify. We’ve just kept on releasing music we believe in and avoided chasing a particular sound. The biggest challenge is probably just keeping your fans excited about what you are doing, but we’re incredibly lucky that to have such dedicated and enthusiastic fans.”
If you can’t make it to Nocturnal Wonderland, or if you do and find yourself craving even more Above & Beyond deliciousness, fear not. The trio is steadily working on big surprises for its upcoming ABGT200 performance in Amsterdam and will soon be releasing details on a “certain compilation” that should hold you over until your next chance to see A&B and friends take the stage.