I've seen Above & Beyond live a few times now, including watching them from the side of the stage at Creamfields last summer [read here]. My girlfriend Emily and I have become quite big fans of this DJ trio, with the real turning point being the incredible acoustic album they released in early 2014 [read here].
We booked tickets to see Above & Beyond at the O2 Academy Brixton, while we were travelling around Vietnam. The tickets were for the We Are All We Need Tour, to tie in with a new album release by the same name.
View of the London Eye and other landmarks from our RestUp hostel room
Emily and I travelled to London with our friends Mark and Marie. We stayed in a hostel on New Kent Road in Elephant and Castle called RestUp. The hostel itself was actually not that bad, although at £120 for a four bed dorm, it wasn't particularly cheap. The area it was located in was pretty rough, so it was definitely a good idea to get a taxi straight back to the door of the hostel late at night!
I've been to the O2 Academy Brixton before and it's one of my all time favourite venues. It's a really interesting building with great character and the sloping floor in the main auditorium means that the view of the stage is awesome from practically everywhere. We easily made our way to about two rows of people from the stage, although we did have to stand in front of a stack of speakers, which in hindsight wasn't the best idea!
Those familiar with Above & Beyond probably know that they get a local person or group of people up on the stage during the show to 'push the button'. It's crazy how popular this has become, as essentially it's just pushing the cue button to play the next song on the CDJ! Our friend Marie was super keen to press the button, having seen them live 15 times and even having a tattoo of their logo on her arm! Marie made an awesome sign, which you can check out in the photo below. She didn't make it on to the stage, however she is visible in loads of the stage photos from the show, including the one below. You can see the Ajunabeats logo on the back of her sign, bang centre of the photo.
Photo from Above & Beyond's Facebook page
The Above & Beyond show was incredible as always, with a combination of uplifting tunes and motivational messages displayed on the stage. I have to admit that some of the messages can be a bit cheesy, but somehow it works and creates a very special show. Above & Beyond are playing at Creamfields again this year, and for the first time they are performing on one of the two main stages. I'm already looking forward to my next dose of Group Therapy :)