Electric Zoo Festival 2012: What You Need to Know – Friday Hilltop Arena: Group Therapy

This isn’t just the definitive trance tent of the day, but the definitive trance tent of the entire weekend. Sadly, the trance acts are a bit scarce this year. But, to make up for it, the Hiltop Arena, all-day Friday, will feature a ‘who’s who’ of the Anjunabeats world. Under the umbrella (awning, actually) of Above & Beyond’s ‘Group Therapy’ tour, consider it also to be ‘Trance Around The World 440’ live from New York City. Perfect timing.

Before we dive into the in’s and out’s of the Group Therapy tent, don’t forget to check out ALL of EO’s in-depth guides to Electric Zoo 2012. We will be doing one everyday leading up to this year’s festival:
-The Basics & Friday: Main Stage

Your guide after the jump!

Who You Can’t Miss

Above & Beyond – It’s their tent. Think about that for a moment. OK, a moment’s up. Above & Beyond is in the highest level of the house community and arguably the Godfathers of the trance family (hash tag trance family) along with Armin Van Buuren. They’re world renown for the uplifting, 128 bpm and above style as well as their lack of exposure to the mainstream. Some of the best music of the weekend will be heard when the trio takes to the Hiltop.

Above & Beyond Feat. Zoë Johnston – Love Is Not Enough (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
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Mat Zo – Mat Zo is an original production wonder and mash up prince. The 22-year-old Englishman doesn’t make it to New York City as much as other artists, so this would be a prime listening opportunity to take in his work. Too trancey to be progressive and too progressive to be trance, Mat Zo embodies the Anjunabeats sound as well an anyone. ‘Ask yourself, can you dance?’

Mat Zo – Bipolar

Under The Radar Performer

Andrew Bayer – A favorite of Above & Beyond and a staple of their Trance Around The World radio show, Andrew Bayer will turn a surprising amount of heads at Hiltop. Another Anjunabeats henchman, Bayer is known for his exotic productions that can both uplift and progress to madness.

Ane Brun – Undertow (Andrew Bayer Remix)
[audio:http://www.electronicaoasis.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Undertow (Andrew Bayer Remix).mp3|titles=Undertow (Andrew Bayer Remix).mp3]

Who You Can Pass On

Jaytech – Pocket your stones. Don’t throw them just yet. Jaytech is on the Anjunadeep side of things. Not that there is anything wrong with that. In fact, his Anjunadeep 04 mix was phenomenal. It’s just that we don’t quite know how well the experimental music translates to a festival set. It will be a guaranteed change of pace. If you come for the trance, you might not necessarily stay for the deep.

What We Want to Hear

Above & Beyond vs Ferry Tayle Static Blue – Good Trapeze (Moscow System Collision Mashup)
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Andain vs Porter Robinson – Language of Promises (Gabriel & Dresden Mashup)
[audio:http://www.electronicaoasis.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Language of Promises (Gabriel & Dresden Mashup).mp3|titles=Language of Promises (Gabriel & Dresden Mashup).mp3]


  • August 18, 2012


    Utter garbage. Jaytech might be the only one on that list to NOT pass on. Surrounded by a sloath of commercial garbage, his progression will be a brilliant change of pace. Though it is most likel suggesting to much, his sound may even educate the children that make up the crowds of anjuna’s new electro housier farting sound. Oh to the days of real hands in the air trance

  • August 18, 2012


    uggghhh ferry corsten anyone?!?

  • August 18, 2012


    i agree jaytech is a must see, everyone else is pretty generic and average. oh and reboot > ferry

  • August 20, 2012


    Jaytech actually just provided a guest mix on the latest episode of Above and Beyond’s Trance Around the World too

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