Techno and yoga flow together at the Gorge Amphitheatre this weekend for the return of Above & Beyond's popular Group Therapy Weekender.
Above & Beyond is the electronic dance music (EDM) power-trio of Jono, Tony and Paavo — songwriters and producers with an impressive two-decade career and many fans and collaborators. They boast 14 compilation albums and four studio albums, a former radio show called Group Therapy and they have founded two record labels: Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep.
The Anjunabeats label will release the 16th edition of the Anjunabeats Volume series on Friday with 33 tracks from Above & Beyond as well as other artists who are on the electronic dance music label as "Anjunafamily."
EDM genres include house, techno, trance and others. One difference is the tempo of beats per minute (BPM). House music ranges between 120 and 130 BPM, techno music is faster and more rhythmic at 120 to 150 BPM, and trance music is melodic and ranges between 125 and 150 BPM.
Ticket passes are almost entirely sold out for the three-day festival that starts this Friday at 754 Silica Road NW near George. Along with the live DJs and massive sound system, there will be camping, yoga exercises, a ping pong tournament and a panel about climate change. See more at aboveandbeyond.nu/gtw.
Explore the sounds of leading DJs for electronic dance music through this year’s lineup. This Spotify playlist of 80 songs gives an introduction to all the featured artists of this year’s Group Therapy Weekender festival: wwrld.us/3PuGxob.
Group Therapy Weekender 2022 Lineup
Above & Beyond — aboveandbeyond.nu English and Finish DJs well-renowned for their productions, performances and record label, and for building a fan-based community at festivals.
Amy Wiles — linktr.ee/amywilesmusic London based DJ and producer since age 16 with 2,659 Spotify followers who tours to festivals such as Creamfields and Tomorrowland.
Andrew Bayer — inmylastlife.com Berklee College of Music graduate and producer with 71,578 Spotify followers who has worked with Above & Beyond.
Ben Böhmer — benboehmer.com German electronic music artist with 299,004 Spotify followers and a famous live stream Cercle performance set in a hot air balloon above the Turkish desert.
Bexxie — linktr.ee/bexxiemusic American DJ since the 90’s and producer with 1,898 Spotify followers of electronic dance music with old school sound.
Eli & Fur — eliandfur.com London house & techno female duo with 85,351 Spotify followers and a hypnotic chemistry with mysterious mood.
Fatum — fatummusic.com American trio of producers and DJs with 15,094 Spotify followers, two Grammy nominations, and Billboard top hits for dance hits that blend techno, trance and progressive music genres.
Franky Wah — frankywah.com British DJ and producer for house dance music with 34,831 Spotify followers who released a sophomore album ‘The Revival, Vol. 1’ in 2020 to industry acclaim.
Genix — genixmusic.com British trance and techno DJ and producer with 23,421 Spotify followers who achieved Guinness World Records for longest DJ set of 84 hours and the highest altitude at Mount Everest base camp.
Jody Wisternoff — linktr.ee/jodywisternoff British solo artist in electro and progressive house since 1986 with 52,429 Spotify followers, also with house and trance group Way Out West.
Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray — lakoumizik.com Multigenerational Haitian musicians with 6,589 Spotify followers collaborate with remixer Joseph Ray on a fusion of roots and electronic music for a 2022 album Leave The Bones.
Marsh — linktr.ee/marshmusician Los Angeles-based United Kingdom-born producer with 35,542 Spotify followers and a second album of progressive electronic dance music ‘Lailonie’ released on Anjunadeep.
Mat Zo — matzomusic.com Los Angeles artist with 131,685 Spotify followers and a 2013 debut album “Damage Control” that was nominated for a Grammy in best Dance/Electronic album.
Nourey — anjunafamily.fandom.com/wiki/Nourey Egyptian-born producer, DJ and guitarist with 1,497 Spotify followers who is also a scientist, inventor and architect with four university degrees.
OLAN — olanmusic.com Puerto-Rican/Dominican-American DJ, producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with 2,932 Spotify followers and a debut album ‘Contra’ written during the pandemic.
Oliver Smith — oliversmithmusic.com British trance DJ and producer with 41,752 Spotify followers who is the first signed to the Anjunabeats record label and has featured on all 13 Anjunabeats Volume compilations.
Qrion — solo.to/qrion Japanese producer and artist with 29,485 Spotify followers who premiered with Anjunadeep in 2019 with a versatile style of electronic dance music.
Trance Wax — soundcloud.com/trancewax Irish techno and trance artist with 9,451 Spotify followers who released on limited vinyl until a debut album in 2020, and keeps a strong tour schedule since then.