Above & Beyond: Group Therapy ABGT 250

Above & Beyond: Group Therapy ABGT 250

Sitting on the grass (see: not mud or pavement or garbage) looking out over a natural wonder, listening to the magical sound that is Above and Beyond, I was simply in bliss.

If you have never been to the Gorge Amphitheater, I would seriously suggest going.

It almost doesn’t seem real, like you are staring at a green-screen and the imagery is fake… but it’s not. It’s very real, it’s very beautiful and it was totally worth the 2-hour drive from Seattle to experience.

One of my favorite things about going to a ABGT show is that the attendees are all in high-spirits. Most people do not drink, they are not aggressive and the experience is what they said it is: group therapy. People are crying, people are hugging, people are experiencing something they could never otherwise experience.

This was my second time seeing Jono GrantPaavo SiljamäkiTony McGuinness live and it was just as wonderful as the first. They really know how to put on a show and elevate a typical concert to a life-changing event.

There is no wonder why 20,000 people made the voyage from all over the world to see this. Every detail was thought out. ABGT released an app that included venue information, the lineup, important notices and showed where every person with an ABGT ticket was (and where they are now):

ABGT 200 APP  ABGT 200 APP

This was a neat feature as we could watch the traffic (and time it so we missed the huge influx of attendees) and see where our friends were (and where all of my fellow ABGT-lovers are in the world now).

My group arrived at the Gorge on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., as we wanted to avoid the traffic and enjoy the day relaxing and finding a good spot… and I am sure glad we did. We completely avoided the lines and got an amazing spot on the grass, right in the center. We grabbed some food and laid on our blankets and waited for the show to start.

Here is a recap of the lineup incase you need a reminder:

Saturday, September 16th
Group Therapy 250
The Gorge Amphitheater Mainstage
5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

17:00–18:00
ABOVE & BEYOND (DEEP SET)

18:00–19:00
LUTTRELL

19:00–20:00
YOTTO

20:00–21:00
OLIVER SMITH

21:00–22:00
GENIX & SUNNY LAX

22:00–00:00
ABOVE & BEYOND

00:00–01:00
SEVEN LIONS & JASON ROSS

Sunday, September 17th
Anjunadeep at the Gorge
The Gorge Amphitheater Mainstage
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

11:00–11:40
ABOVE & BEYOND (YOGA SET)

12:00–13:30
MOON BOOTS

13:30–15:15
ELI & FUR

15:15–17:00
JODY WISTERNOFF & JAMES GRANT

17:00–18:45
16 BIT LOLITAS

18:45–20:30
YOTTO & LUTTRELL

My favorite moments were on Saturday with Above and Beyond… they of course played everyone’s fav We’re All We Need, which brought everyone to their knees. I didn’t completely love Genix and Sunny Lax though, as I feel they brought too harsh of a sound for the event, but I think a lot of the other attendees enjoyed their sound, so that is just my preference.

We went back on Sunday and it was a beautiful, sunny day. I was loving Moon Boots as his funky set was exactly what we needed after the night before. We had to leave around 1:30 p.m., but I know from other friends that stayed that the rest of the day was incredible. The entire production was great.

The only thing that we would have all recommended was to have more food carts out on Sunday morning as the lines were way too long and we all missed a huge chunk of the experience standing in line for overpriced, mediocre food. I also wish they had left the Gorge open so we could have gone to see it again in the daylight.

All in all though, it was a great weekend and I can’t wait to see ABGT again. LOVE YOU ALL! #musicistheanswer

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