British trance icons Jono Grant, Paavo Siljamäki and Tony McGuinness, better known as Above & Beyond, have remarkable staying power. The trio has been producing electronic music since they launched thier own label, Anjunabeats, in 1999, and for the past decade, they’ve hosted a tastemaking weekly radio show titled “Group Therapy” that boasts roughly 25 million listeners in more than 30 countries. And one could argue that they’re still gaining speed.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, they broadcast the show’s 100th episode from a DJ booth in the center of New York’s Madison Square Garden. The benchmark show sold out in 12 hours and provided the audience with a sneak peek at the group’s forthcoming album, We Are All We Need, which is due out early next year on Anjunabeats/Ultra Music.
Highlights included exclusive previews of “Quieter is Louder” and “Sacrifice,” which can be heard on a recording of the show’s set on Soundcloud. Watch the performance of the album’s title track below.
In between songs, audience members were guided through the performance by visuals that displayed live type, as if a computer was narrating on behalf of the group: “For years we’ve dreamed of this moment,” read the screens behind the booth. “You are proof that dreams come true.” Shortly after the screens projected the event’s hashtag, #ABGT100, it became the top trending topic on Twitter.
Above & Beyond didn’t take the stage until 11 p.m. but the venue had almost filled by 9, with fans eager to catch opening sets from fellow Anjunabeats artists Ilan Bluestone, Andrew Bayer and Mat Zo. Concert-goers on the floor level recreated the rainbow “Group Therpay” logo out of streamers and sent it traveling across the top of the crowd.
Outside the arena, trailers packed with monitors and production crew oversaw 10 cameras that roamed the venue’s interior, feeding images of fans jumping, dancing, crying and hugging to a livestream paired with tweets using the official hashtag. The footage was broadcast on Above & Beyond’s website.
The group were busy during their stay in New York, hosting a private concert for Sirius XM’s BPM on Thursday night and hitting Times Square on Friday to premiere the music video for “We’re All We Need,” the lead single from their next album. Watch the footage from the premiere here.
The group will play The Forum in Los Angeles on February 6. “Friends and family” pre-sale tickets go on sale Thursday, and will open to the general public on Friday. Fans can sign up for first access to tickets at www.weareallweneed.com/LA.