Every 500th episode of Above & Beyond‘s acclaimed radio show, ABGT, the UK trio celebrates by hosting an immersive live event. Their travels have taken them to Hong Kong, New York City, Prague, The Gorge, and more of the world’s most illustrious cities and sceneries, pulling in the Anjuna family from every corner of the earth. To celebrate ABGT400, Jono Grant, Paavo Siljamäki, and Tony McGuinness will be reuniting for the first time since March to play an extended live stream set. Of course, this 400th episode celebration will be moving from the live event space into the virtual world due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The setting this time around is their stomping grounds of London, which is a fitting locale considering this is the longest period of time the group has been apart in 20 years. Above & Beyond had the following to say alongside the announcement:
“It’s very strange approaching ABGT400 without the usual late nights in the studio together finishing off tracks we’ve been working on over the summer. We just haven’t been able to do that this year…Jono’s been working on a film score, Paavo’s been tinkering away at his beautiful lakeside studio in Finland, and Tony’s been on a deep odyssey, discovering the joys of livestreaming. As Paavo put it, the world is taking a deep breath, reflecting on how we’ve got to where we are. So, in keeping with that theme, that’s what this year’s Group Therapy celebrations are all about: looking back at the music that brought our family together. Happy birthday Anjunabeats!”