MIAMI — Last night in Miami’s downtown district, Above & Beyond threw their annual homage to trance with their massive Anjunabeats party, which this year was held at the Ice Palace for the first time. Having expanded into their new home from their usual venue Karu & Y, the Ice Palace offered a massive space for the enthused crowed to hear Jono and Paavo, two-thirds of the trance trio, spin a killer set.
Hitting the massive LED-wrapped stage after an invigorating set by the reunited duo Gabriel & Dresden, the crowd erupted as the trance legends dove right into it, opening with “The Taxi Driver” by Andrew Bayer.
Also highlighted in the first hour of Above & Beyond’s set was “Beautiful World” featuring Dino, a new cut from fellow trance icon Tiësto, who collaborated with Mark Knight. It’s been a huge track for Miami Music Week thus far.
Perhaps the most exciting moment for the crowd, however, was when Above & Beyond dropped their massive new bomb “Sun & Moon,” a heavy-hitting house-trance anthem with an amazing stab-synth hook that will undoubtedly come out of Miami as one of the standout tracks. Also featured were Fedde Le Grand’s new beast “Control Room” and Arty & Matt Zo’s “Rebound,” as well as another Arty track, a remix of Ferry Corsten’s “Punk.”
They closed out their two-hour set with a blend of both old and new, and kept their family of trance-loving fans on their toes, highlighted by a mash-up of their smash hit under their OceanLab moniker “Sky Falls Down” and Passive Progressive’s “Hide Away.”
After A&B wrapped up their set and began to enjoy the rest of the night offstage, trance fans were in for another treat as the legendary Cosmic Gate took to the stage and wowed the crowd into the wee hours of the morning blasting classic anthems like “Exploration of Space” and “Fire Wire.”
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