Anjunabeats fans are perhaps the most die-hard trance lovers in the world, and they came out in overwhelming numbers to the most wicked trance and progressive line-up the West Coast has ever seen. Completely sold out and broadcasted worldwide for over 30 million weekly Trance Around The World listeners over Sirius XM and DI.FM, this Insomniac-hosted show went off without a hitch. Taking place at the exceptionally classy and spacious Hollywood Palladium, this night was truly one for the ages with spectacular performances by Cosmic Gate, Super8 & Tab, Jaytech, Boom Jinx, and of course, Above & Beyond. A rebroadcast of all seven hours is available on the event’s website.
Anjunadeep artists Boom Jinx and Jaytech started the night off with their smooth progressive beats as fans from all over flocked to the venue. Flooding the air with his techy Fracture, his epic Keyboard Cowboys, and his newest unreleased production with Matt Lange, Trifonic, and Andrew Bayer Quadcore, Boom Jinx definitely shook the dancefloor. Jaytech’s set filled the amphitheater with the most sincere and blissful melodies in the progressive house scene, including his remix of Mango’s Here We Go and the majestic Dinka remix of Pyramid.
Just as it was time for some seriously hard beats, Nic Chagall and Bossi of Cosmic Gate stepped up to the stage and pushed the sound system’s limits with their signature buzzing electro bass. The crowd not only sung along to their vocal trance anthems, but they went wild when they played their acclaimed remix of the Avatar track I See You. To finish off, Cosmic Gate delivered a blast from the past with the new Arty remix of Back To Earth and the latest version of their classic track Exploration Of Space.
A tremendous roar echoed throughout the building as Above & Beyond began with their radio show’s familiar introductory countdown. Like a bomb, the legendary trio set off the crowd’s energy beginning with Myon & Shane 54‘s hit remix of Let Go by Aruna, Nic Chagall, and Mark Etson. Unleashing the best that Anjunabeats has to offer and utilizing text-to-screen technology, A&B guided the audience through some of their best-known hits, including Alone Tonight, Can’t Sleep, and their beloved classic Oceanlab track Satellite. Reaching a climax, the crowd truly came together and sung at the top of their lungs to their incredible mashup of On A Good Day with Gareth Emery’s Metropolis (see video below). This near-perfect set was made perfect when the trio gave the crowd goosebumps with the debut of a powerfully emotional ambient track, likely to be released on their new album due early next year.
Above & Beyond left just the right euphoric atmosphere in the air for the trance icons Super8 & Tab to rock the 3AM dancefloor. Known best for their copious amount of bass, Super8 & Tab reignited the room with their classic club banger 5 and had everyone singing again to the latest hits off their newest album Empire. Truly delighted and entranced, the crowd could only beg for another fantastic hour after the Finland duo closed with Mercy and the classic These Shoulders by Signalrunners.
Of all the places in the world Above & Beyond could have chose to hold their 350th episode celebration, they chose Los Angeles, and it was indeed a wise choice. Not only was it a memorable night for fans but it was also one more huge indication of the rise of trance in America, similar to how Armin van Buuren’s 450th episode celebration of A State Of Trance had a spectacular showing in New York City earlier this year. The future is bright for the sounds of trance on this side of the ocean.