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In Review: Above & Beyond at Steel Yard, London

In Review: Above & Beyond at Steel Yard, London

Jack Wynne | Reviews

Combining one of the biggest acts in trance and one of the most phenomenal dance arenas was always going to be a fantastic idea. Glancing over their previous tour dates you can instantly understand just how far-reaching their appeal is, the trio easily packing out the most extravagant and grandest of stages such as the Sydney Opera House and Madison Square Garden.

When the news emerged they were going to be playing another colossus, the Steel Yard, it was hard not to assume the event would be a delectable combination of pulsating music and futuristic production. The past weekend offered a supreme demonstration as to just how accurate that hypothesis was.

As if the names on show weren’t enticing enough there was also a rather unusual activity on offer for dance music lovers who descended on Finsbury Park. For those wanting to escape the frenetic and often all-consuming lifestyle of city life there was a chance to partake in a yoga session. This is a concept which has proved hugely popular during numerous Above & Beyond shows across the world, with the trio recently admitting the craziest session happened to be at the world-renowned Burning Man festival in Nevada, USA.

Starting the day in this way along with the glorious sunshine that was present in the capital felt like the first big stride into that utopian paradise so often associated with dance music festivals. Walking through the gates at these events you are often struck by the mesmerizing sense of joy and excitement throughout the entire crowd. One of the first sights of a man parading around on a mobility scooter, blaring out his own selection of heavy-hitting music offered a prime example of the craziness associated with these shows.

Stepping foot inside the mammoth superstructure for the first time we were greeted by the sounds of Ilan Bluestone, as the hugely impressive firework display added to the ferociously supercharged atmosphere. This genre of music is out on it’s own for the way it strikes a huge emotional chord and Glaswegian producer Grum certainly didn’t disappoint with his masterful demonstration. A fever pitch moment that prompted thousands to salivate was when he unleashed his hit “Shout”, sampling Tears for Fears’ iconic record from 1984. Hearing the entire arena sing back the classic vocals to this song certainly proved a standout of this sensational experience.

As the last artists to take to the decks anticipation levels had reached astronomical levels, everyone fixated on the centre of the stage, waiting for three of the finest trance innovators. Hitting play on their first record, I was overcome with the same immense appreciation that has hit me during their previous shows, wondering if their visuals might be some of the most mystical to ever accompany dance music. I couldn’t help but think I was watching a scene from The Matrix as the most grandiose array of laser lights decorated the sky above.

A show from this trio is a huge spectacle in it’s own right but seeing them take the crowd on such an awe-inspiring journey through the world of trance inside this supreme structure really enriched the experience. Once again Cream provided a fine demonstration of just why they are one of the most critically-acclaimed brands when it comes to dance music events, staging another stellar tour of the Steel Yard arena.

Images courtesy of Cream

In Review: Above & Beyond at Steel Yard, London

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