Above and Beyond Manifest Good Vibes in LA
2+ hours. A sold-out show. The Forum. Above and Beyond. Perfection.
It’s no surprise that mega group, Above and Beyond exceeded expectations a few weekends back at the opening show of the We Are All We Need tour starting the journey at the historic Forum in L.A. The vibes were strong, the crowd was happy and the music was uplifting – a true experience for any die-hard fan or newcomer to the scene.
Anjunadeep poster boy, Lane 8 opened for the eager crowd, playing a calming yet diverse set throwing in crowd-favorite tracks such as his newest beautiful rendition of ODESZA’s“Bloom”. Everyone’s favorite outspoken Twitter troll and musical genius Mat Zo followed, impressing the crowd as usual. A favorite of mine was an old track he just randomly released on his Soundcloud titled – “Giving it All Up” that had everyone on their feet. Of course his is set was a scramble of random genres including electro house to DNB – all tracks were energetic, a fantastic way to warm up the audience.
The crowd was eager to welcome Paavo and Jono to the stage and the excitement was felt all throughout the stadium as soon as they stepped up. The duo played a consistent amount of brand new unreleased tracks, We Are All We Need songs and old-school favorites. They first debuted newly signed, Fatum’s newest track Mandala – an absolutely mind-blowing mixture of both big room and trance meshing together simultaneously.
They also showcased a few tracks from newbie, Jason Ross, such as “Cairo” and “Atlas” that were perfect for the setting. I was surprised to hear some older goodies such as “Sun and Moon” and a mesh of “Black Room Boy” with Ilan Bluestone’s “Big Ben” that really revved up the crowd.
Overall the show was one of the best sets I’ve seen so far, showcasing their widely acclaimed new album to tugging at our heartstrings with old favorites. Of course there were tears involved when they dropped singles such as, “Peace of Mind” but it isn’t truly an Above and Beyond show without a good emotional cry.
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