The UK’s biggest electronic music trio – Above & Beyond – were joined on stage by Sonny Moore aka Skrillex for Sunday night’s groundbreaking acoustic show at LA’s Greek Theatre. Having attended the first of the two sold-out shows at the legendary venue, the EDM star and former From First To Last band member loved it so much that he accepted Above & Beyond’s invitation to join them on stage for the second night’s performance of Above & Beyond’s “Black Room Boy.”
With LA stars such as Azealia Banks in the crowd, the two sold-out Greek Theatre shows represent a landmark success for the pioneering British act, and will be followed by their sold-out DJ show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 26th October.
A film of Above & Beyond’s recent acoustic performance at London’s Porchester Hall will be released alongside an acoustic studio album in early 2014. The film was was made in partnership with VICE’s Thump channel.
For these special acoustic shows on both sides of the Atlantic, Jono (Rhodes piano, vibraphone), Tony (acoustic and electric guitar, vocals, mandolin, ukulele) and Paavo (piano, cello, vibraphone) from Above & Beyond returned to their formative roots as live musicians. Joined by a 13-piece band including a string quartet, harp, brass and percussion, and vocalists Zoe Johnston, Alex Vargas and Annie Drury, the trio presented their best-known songs in mostly acoustic form with the help of musical director and long time collaborator, Bob Bradley.
Playing songs from their three critically acclaimed artist albums (two as Above & Beyond, and one as OceanLab), Jono, Tony and Paavo focused back in on the musicianship and songwriting that lies at the core of all they do.
About Above & Beyond
Over their three critically acclaimed studio albums, Above & Beyond have continually been celebrated for placing real musicianship and songwriting at the heart of what they do. While their famed club mixes have resonated with the dance generation, the songs behind them have touched fans of all ages across the globe. As influenced as much by Jeff Buckley or Bon Iver as they are by their deep love of electronic music, Above & Beyond’s songs and lyrics have been sung back to them at the world’s biggest stadiums and stages – from Brixton Academy to LA’s Hollywood Palladium, to their famed 1 million people gig at Barra Beach in Rio de Janeiro in 2007.