In just one week, Above & Beyond will host the 250th episode of their celebrated “Group Therapy” radio show, live from The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State. With only a handful of tickets remaining, the two-day event will see 25,000 fans descend on The Gorge for a line up full of talent from the band’s Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep imprints, broadcasting worldwide via a livestream and over FM/Satellite radio.
Leading into ABGT250, “My Own Hymn” – out today on Anjunabeats – sees Above & Beyond reunite with long-time collaborator, Grammy-Nominated singer/songwriter Zoë Johnston. As always, quality songwriting is at the forefront, with lyrics that speak to the soul. Debuted last weekend at New York City’s Electric Zoo Festival, “My Own Hymn” is sure to be an emotional set highlight when Jono, Tony and Paavo play it amidst the natural beauty of The Gorge. Check out the official lyric video here
“My Own Hymn” is an ode to compassion, forgiveness and celebration of the self. It’s about climbing out of suffering. Most of us have the freedom to make choices in life. We can choose to alter our perceptions, especially if they are proving harmful to our souls. We can also choose to ignore the perceptions of others if they are causing damage or doubt. If the songs containing other people’s scripts don’t ring true, we can write our own hymns of kindness, to celebrate the good in us, and make a decision to tip our chins to the sun again.” – Zoë Johnston
Group Therapy 250 takes place on Saturday, September 16 at The Gorge Amphitheatre Mainstage and features performances by Above & Beyond, Genix & Sunny Lax, Luttrell, Oliver Smith, Seven Lions & Jason Ross and Yotto. Sunday, September 17 offers a change of pace as Jono, Tony and Paavo hand over the reigns to Anjunadeep, the trio’s highly respected Deep House imprint. A more chilled, Sunday afternoon vibe will flow through The Gorge Meadow with music from Above & Beyond (yoga set), 16 Bit Lolitas, Eli & Fur, Jody Wisternoff & James Grant, Moon Boots, Yotto & Luttrell. As an added bonus, fans camping at The Gorge on Friday, September 15 will also be treated to a preview screening of a film of Above & Beyond’s recent acoustic performance at The Hollywood Bowl, taking place at The Gorge Meadow from 8pm.
Can’t make it to ABGT250 in person? Both days will be streaming live via Twitter, presented by T-Mobile as part of the Live Nation Concert Series. Head to aboveandbeyond.twitter.com (USA only) or ABGT250.com/live (rest of world) to join Above & Beyond’s global dance floor on Saturday, September 16th from 5PM Pacific Time and Sunday, September 17th from 12pm Pacific Time. As always, you can be part of the livestream using the hashtag #abgt250.
“T-Mobile has a history of helping us make our events extra special for fans and Twitter has always been at the heart of our ABGT broadcasts so it’s a natural fit to partner with them on the livestream. We’re happy that we can bring this experience to our fans who will not be able to join us in person at The Gorge.” – Above & Beyond
Just days before fans from over 40 countries around the world converge on The Gorge for ABGT250, Above & Beyond play a sold-out Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, adding another world famous venue to the band’s ever-expanding bucket list of headline slots, which already includes sold-out performances at The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Palace, London and Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome.
ABGT250 Tickets: http://abgt250.com
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Live Dates: http://po.st/ablive
III Points Updates Already Insane Lineup with Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker and More
by Miguel Tost
October is set to be the stage for one of Miami’s most unique music festivals in recent history. Boasting a roster that includes Barclay Crenshaw, Richie Hawtin, Kaytranada, the xx, and the first South Florida performance from the Gorillaz, everything is slated to make this year’s III Points Music Festival the event of the year. Even if they felt they could add a handful of other names, who else could they fit on this already stacked lineup?
The festival answers this question with a bunch of new acts that have just been added to perform Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15. This includes Arthur Baker, Julio Victoria, Pumarosa, Monolink, Jonas Rathsman, and Perfume Genius along with local acts Anshaw Black, Jaialai, Paperwater, Tremends, and Ynot. However, the biggest addition to the roster comes in the form of a unexpected, back-to-back DJ set bringing together pop-funk star Mark Ronson and Tame Impala’s frontman Kevin Parker. Although the two have worked together on Ronson’s last album Uptown Special (2015) and Lady Gaga’s Joanne (2016), this will be a special set that very few venues across the world have witnessed including Glastonbury in the United Kingdom, Corona Capital in Mexico, and Governor’s Ball in New York.
With these additions, the headliners, and more performances from the likes of Lil B, Thundercat, Rüfüs Du Sol, Bonobo, and more, III Points have positioned themselves as the “it” place to be come October.
Tickets are on sale for $190 for general admission and $345 for VIP.
Great Night at Pacha Bali Festival 2017
Photos by Mackie Artwork and Gtrz
We first heard about the plan of Pacha Bali Festival was back in 2016. On 18 August 2018, the first ever Pacha Bali Festival was held at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. We had a chance to cover it and from what we experienced that night, it was great one.
We arrived at 4 PM that day and Danny Wade had already played at the red circle stage. On the hotel building there were 3 giant vertical LED screens. They also had cherries made from Styrofoam, an iconic symbol of Pacha. About 30 minutes later, Dipha Barus was up on the decks.
Dipha started his performance with some serious House tracks. He ended his performance with his own song titled ‘Nothing Can Stop Us’. Slowly, the crowd filled the VIP area and GA area. After Dipha, Leroy Styles was up to deliver sunset performance. The organizers set up tents for top up tokens, F&B, and small space called Hippy Market.
We were hoping to find some Pacha official merchandise there but unfortunately the organizer didn’t prepare it any for the fans to leave with.
Leroy wrapped up his performance around 9 PM and by that time Roger Sanchez was ready to entertain the crowd. From the beginning, he played proper House tracks that suits and that set the atmosphere for an all out beach party. Everybody around us was dancing! Some fireworks also accompanied his performance, along with 8 Pacha dancers.
We took a break at Moonlight Kitchen & Bar, located at Anantara’s rooftop. The rooftop itself was also part of Pacha Bali. If the crowd wanted to relax a bit, they could grab some drinks and enjoy the music from the DJ.
After we recharged for a while, we came down to the festival area again and it was Patrix Johnson on stage. His performance kept the mood full of energy. Finally, the last performance to close the festival was Steve Angello.
Steve played his own tracks, such as Remember and Children Of The Wild. He also brought back some memories by playing tracks during his time with Swedish House Mafia. In the middle of his performance, more fireworks rained into the sky. Steve extended his set for about 30 minutes and ended his performance around 2.30 AM which kept the crowd moving to the rhythm of the night.
The party wasn’t over, though as it moved itself to Moonlight.
How best can I describe Pacha Bali?
All I can say is that this is how you throw a proper beach party. I felt that the enthusiasm from the people in Bali was also high that everyone had a blast. For us, Roger Sanchez was the highlight of the night. He really spread the spirit of Pacha through his set and it is something that I will never forget.
We really hope there will be second edition of Pacha Bali and we hope it will be bigger than the first one.