Above & Beyond have revealed the venue for their only acoustic performance in the U.S. this October. The trio has confirmed exclusively to Billboard that they will take the stage at the historic Greek Theater in Los Angeles on October 12 for a one-off performance of the group’s songs, completely unplugged, following the success of similar shows in London this past June. Preparations for the show are underway, in between a rigorous summer touring schedule and recording sessions for their new album.
“It’s always been a dream to make this happen but it’s never really been able to come together until now,” Above & Beyond’s Paavo Siljamäki tells Billboard of the move, unexpected for a group known for trance music typically heard on festival main stages and in megaclubs.
Working with producer and musical director Bob Bradley (known for his work with Sugababes, Pet Shop Boys, and A&B themselves), the group’s Siljamaki, Tony McGuinness and Jono Grant have arranged a selection of their songs to play on piano, guitar and cello themselves. They will also collaborate with guests vocalists, a string quartet, an upright bass and a harpist for a veritable chamber ensemble performance of their catalog.
“In the lead-up to the London shows Bob spent months with us and the musicians doing the arrangements,” Siljamäki explains. “Then we spent weeks locked away in a rehearsal space playing with the band and rehearsing for it. We have played together for years, but never live and outside of a studio setting.”
The group is repeating the same rehearsal schedule for Los Angeles, even though there are no more acoustic shows planned beyond October. The set won’t be exactly the same as the London shows, with the group promising to premiere at least one new song.
“This is totally different from a festival DJ set,” says Siljamäki. “The focus of this show is not on the three of us, but on the performance of every player on stage and the interaction between the audience and the entire ensemble. It’s all about communication between the entire group in something like this.”
Tickets for Above & Beyond Acoustic U.S.A. go on sale August 16 with a fan pre-sale starting August 14.