ABOVE & BEYOND RELEASE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ‘ACOUSTIC II’ TODAY, JUNE 3 AND CONCLUDE SOLD-OUT TOUR AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

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ABOVE & BEYOND
RELEASE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ‘ACOUSTIC II’ TODAY, JUNE 3
AND CONCLUDE SOLD-OUT TOUR AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
ALBUM DEBUTS AT #1 ON iTUNES DANCE CHART AND
FEATURES ACOUSTIC REINTERPRETATIONS OF
GRAMMY-NOMINATED SINGLE “WE’RE ALL WE NEED”
AND FESTIVAL ANTHEM “BLUE SKY ACTION”

MEMBERS JONO GRANT, TONY MCGUINNESS AND PAAVO SILJAMÄKI DISCUSS
THEIR ACOUSTIC PROJECT AT GUITAR CENTER
HERE
“An acoustic tour de force” – Billboard
“Above & Beyond’s latest delivery is an acoustic gem.” – DJ Mag
 
ABOVE & BEYOND, the renowned Grammy-nominated electronic act, have today, June 3, released their ACOUSTIC II album on Anjunabeats/Ultra Records. The highly-anticipated release, which made its debut at #1 on the  iTunes Dance album chart, contains acoustic reinterpretations of numerous hits from the band’s storied history, including “We’re All We Need,” “On My Way To Heaven,” “No One On Earth” and “Blue Sky Action.”
As the album hits release day, the band are preparing for two sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House, the final gigs in a tour brimming with accomplishments. Across 19 shows, and with over 65,000 tickets sold, ABOVE & BEYOND to support Acoustic II created a first for dance music by bringing an 18-piece band to the world’s most famous concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall, The Chicago Theatre and Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theatre. The climax of the tour was a performance at the Hollywood Bowl during which JONO GRANT, TONY MCGUINNESS and PAAVO SILJAMÄKI played various instruments including rhodes, guitar and piano alongside a 32-piece orchestra. A complete list of shows from the tour is included below.
The recording process for ACOUSTIC II began in late summer 2015 as JONO, TONY and PAAVO once again got together with Leeds-based musical director Bob Bradley, who’d worked on 2014 release Acoustic, to assemble a new selection of songs with a view to reinventing and re-recording them.
Collaborators from the past decade returned for ACOUSTIC II, including three of the electronic world’s most powerful vocalists: Zoë Johnston, Justine Suissa and Richard Bedford. The policy of featuring the original vocalists for each song also means appearances on the album for Gemma Hayes and Alex Vargas.
“With the first acoustic album, it was guitars, piano, strings and vocals that were the bare bones of what we were working with,” adds band member PAAVO SILJAMÄKI. “This time around we thought: ‘what other kinds of things can we do?’ So brass is a really big player on Acoustic II. We added a lot of John Barry-esque brass horns. And we wondered what interesting things we could do with the voices, so there are a lot of choral and bigger vocal arrangements than on the first one. Really, this album is standing on the shoulders of the first one. If we’d have tried this then, it would have been overwhelming and too much for us to do.”
Meanwhile, now through June 30,  unsigned artists across the country can submit their cover of ABOVE & BEYOND‘s 2015 hit“Blue Sky Action” (which also appears on ACOUSTIC II) for Guitar Center presents Cover Me, an artist discovery program offering aspiring musicians the chance to take their careers to the next level. The program embodies Guitar Center’s mission to support emerging musicians and present undiscovered artists with a shot at their big break. Submissions will be ranked on their social media engagement and fan growth throughout the submission period.   The top-ranked 100 artists will be reviewed by ABOVE & BEYOND.  In turn they will  then handpick the winner who will receive studio time with the group in Las Vegas, NV, new gear from Pioneer, Roland, Sennheiser, Marq Lighting, QSC and 8DIO, as well as $10,000 cash.   More info can be found at: guitarcenter.com/aboveandbeyond.
Factor in ABOVE & BEYOND’s past touring accomplishments as DJs, which has seen them sell out The Forum and Madison Square Garden (in less than 12 hours), among many other marquee venues, their acoustic project A&B have underlined their status as one of the greatest acts in the history of dance music. It’s rare enough to sell out these venues in a single format, but ABOVE & BEYOND have managed to bridge the gap between the world of DJs and bands and have proven that, first and foremost, their success is founded upon great songwriting.
Sung back at them by thousands at their celebratory DJ sets, the trio’s tales of life, love and loss have sound-tracked weddings, proposals, hikes up Everest, marathons and funerals.  Following on last year’s critically acclaimed electronic album We Are All We Need, ACOUSTIC II features re-imagined versions of several of the best-loved songs from that album, alongside classics from ABOVE & BEYOND’s extensive back catalogue. The music of ACOUSTIC II is made for concert halls rather than clubs; breathing new life and context into the songs that have made ABOVE & BEYOND famous.
Complete ACOUSTIC II Tour Dates
DATE
 
CITY
 VENUE
Thu
4/28
London
St John’s – SOLD OUT
Fri
4/29
London
St John’s – SOLD OUT
Sun
5/1
Manchester
Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
Tue
5/3
Utrecht
Tivoli Vredenburg – SOLD OUT
Thu
5/5
London
Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
Weds
5/11
Chicago
Chicago Theatre – SOLD OUT
Thurs
5/12
Chicago
Chicago Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sat
5/14
Toronto
Massey Hall – SOLD OUT
Sun
5/15
Toronto
Massey Hall – SOLD OUT
Tues
5/17
Boston
The Wang – SOLD OUT
Fri
5/20
New York
Beacon Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sat
5/21
New York
Beacon Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sun
5/22
New York
Beacon Theatre – SOLD OUT
Thu
5/26
Berkeley
Greek Theatre – SOLD OUT
Fri
5/27
Berkeley
Greek Theatre
Sat
5/28
Los Angeles
Hollywood Bowl – SOLD OUT
Tues
5/31
Honolulu
Waikiki Shell
Mon
6/6
Sydney
Sydney Opera House (Afternoon) – SOLD OUT
Mon
6/6
Sydeney
Sydney Opera House (Evening) – SOLD OUT
About Above & Beyond 
Over their four critically acclaimed studio albums, along with their acoustic project, Above & Beyond have continually been celebrated for placing real musicianship and songwriting at the heart of what they do. While their famed club mixes have resonated with the dance generation, the songs behind them have touched fans of all ages across the globe. As influenced as much by Jeff Buckley or Bon Iver as they are by their deep love of electronic music, Above & Beyond’s songs and lyrics have been sung back to them at the world’s biggest stadiums and stages – from Alexandra Palace, to Madison Square Garden, to LA’s Forum, to their famed one million people gig at Barra Beach in Rio de Janeiro in 2007.
About Zoë Johnston
Zoë Johnston is a British singer-songwriter and long-time Above & Beyond collaborator. She’s recorded with seminal electronic acts Faithless, Bent and Delirium and released a solo album, ‘Happenstances’ in 2006. Zoë has appeared on all three Above & Beyond artist albums and co-wrote some of the band’s biggest hits including ‘Good For Me’, ‘Love Is Not Enough, ‘You Got To Go’ and, most recently, Grammy nominated single ‘We’re All We Need..
 
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