New South Wales (NSW) police will implement a tight admission policy to combat illict drug use at Above & Beyond’s Common Groundshow, scheduled for June 9 at Sydney Olympic Park’s Exhibition Halls at Sydney Showground.
In a post recently published to the force’s official Facebook page, NSW police notified attendees that drug detection dogs will be present at the venue to patrol the grounds for traces of prohibited drugs. The message warns ticket holders that the drug dogs will be able to smell drugs carried on an intended user, as well as the illicit remnants on “someone who has recently had drugs on them.” The post proclaims that “If a dog makes an indication,” the given attendee “will be denied entry.”
“These dance parties can be a dangerous environment, particularly when alcohol and illegal drugs are involved. We all know there is no quality control in the production of illicit drugs and you are putting your life at risk,” South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said of the safety measure.
Above & Beyond’s emotive brand of dance music is that which demands many ‘hands in the air’ moments of joy during their shows. It turns out these moments are so intense for some that they end up losing valuable possessions — specifically, their wedding rings.
Such a an ironically tragic incident befell Paris Hilton on Friday night, March 23, during the trance trio’s Common Ground Miami tour stop. During the early morning hours in a bout of ecstatic dancing, the heiress’ 20-carat engagement ring reportedly flew off her finger and into the surrounding chaos, according to witnesses. Panic immediately ensued, with Hilton’s fiancé leading security officers in a search for the valuable bauble. They found it at the bottom of an ice bucket two tables down.
While the neither the couples’ camps nor the venue have been reached for comment as of writing time, Above & Beyond themselves confirmed the incident via a well-wishing Tweet hours later. Jono Grant also posted a picture of himself, Paavo, and Hilton after the show.
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There are few acts who meet Above & Beyond‘s impeccable standards for vocal tracks. Not only are their lyrics relatable and well-written, but the group’s regular vocal contributors each provide a unique edge that make a song distinctly “Above & Beyond.”
One such vocalist, the venerable Justine Suissa, rejoined the trio for several songs on their newest Common Ground album endeavor — one of which has now become its newest single. “Cold Feet” shows off Above & Beyond’s expertise at using minimalism to create impact. They allow Suissa’s melancholy-tinged vocals to take precedence, building around them with emotive piano chords and a subtle, yet driving bassline. Her empowering lyrics of moving on from toxicity are reminiscent “Can’t Sleep” of Tri-statefame, with both singles serving as jewels within Above & Beyond’s repertoire.
Deep passion manifested itself into a triumphant return for Gabriel & Dresden, whose crowdfunded album The Only Road exceeded already high expectations from trusting fans to become one of the top trance releases of 2017. The beloved duo have since been taking their new work on the road with them, attending to their global following’s craving for their clever and sentimental aesthetic.
The pair offer an enticing taste of what fans might expect from their forthcoming appearances both Ultra and at Above & Beyond‘s Common Ground Miami Music Week event, taking place March 22 at the RC Cola Plant. It makes for an enjoyable hour, flowing smoothly from the deep end of trance to a more energized soundscape, ending with their beloved remix to Andain’s “Beautiful Things.”
Those looking to go who have yet to secure their spot at the Common Ground show might be in luck, as Dancing Astronaut has paired with Anjunabeats to grant one winner a pair of Anytime Arrival tickets. They’ve added additional perks as well, including two tickets to Anjunabeach, slated for March 25 in South Beach, and some exclusive merchandise.
It is finally here. The day that I have been anticipating for well over a year, Above & Beyond’s 4th studio album “Common Ground” has been officially released on the trio’s own Anjunabeats label. There are very few artists that can invoke the sheer excitement and joy that Above & Beyond brings to me and many
Above & Beyond have been a fixture in trance around the globe for 18 years. When the London-based trance moguls make a move, the dance music world tunes in with intensity and fervor. On the heels of their North American “Common Ground” tour announcement, the trio have also been releasing a steady stream of singles from their fourth full-length studio album by the same name. The third record, titled “Always,” arrives as a chilling, all-acoustic ballad featuring the haunting vocals of the group’s favorite musical muse Zoë Johnston.
“Always” is a lucid composition about comfort and consolation in the face of need. Perched atop the clouds in the French Alps, director Daniel Sharp perfectly captures the height and grandeur of the song’s lyrical content in visual form. Speaking to the song’s message, Zoë Johnston perfectly sums the track’s masterful songwriting and delivery that tugs deep into the heart strings:
“The song acknowledges that those who are there for us no matter what still have the choice to walk away. They could choose to disappear, or backtrack on a commitment to love us, but the fact that they don’t is what makes their love evermore extraordinary and precious to us.”
Above & Beyond’s Common Ground LP is out on January 26, 2018 on Anjunabeats. The release coincides with their most ambitious tour to date, which kicked off in Los Angeles last month, and picks up along the East Coast this month. Every ticket sold on (excluding Canada dates) comes with a CD copy of the album.
Above & Beyond is one of dance music’s most versatile acts. In fact, the trio’s deft songwriting ability and skill with traditional instruments has enabled them to step out from behind the DJ decks and perform their songs in an acoustic format. The not so secret weapon has been an ongoing collaboration with highly talented
Lately, it seems that with each passing day another headline streams across our screens that continue to further divide us; whether it be a political circus, social unrest or even a constant threat of war. Now more than ever we are interconnected with the world in an instant by the evolving technologies that surround us,
Above & Beyond have definitely planned to take the new 2018 year by storm. During the new year, the famous DJ group will be releasing their new album, Common Ground, and will also be releasing their new documentary Above & Beyond Acoustic: Giving Up The Day Job. Recently, the trailer for the new documentary was