Global Citizen and World Childhood Foundation Present:
Thank You Festival featuring: Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Krewella, Alvin Risk and more
Tiesto, Above and Beyond, Krewella, Cedric Gervais, Alvin Risk
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland, 21044
This event is all ages
Tiësto is a performer who has transcended musical genres to create a global “Tiësto” brand. His achievements include: a Grammy nomination, numerous MTV awards, performing at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games to an audience of billions, and even a wax statue at Madame Tussauds. With over 11 million friends on Facebook, 1 million followers on Twitter, close to 300 million hits on YouTube, his globally syndicated Club Life radio show as well as his Club Life iTunes artist podcast (#1 music podcast globally), Tiësto has truly become a universal phenomenon. Voted ‘The Greatest DJ Of All Time’ by Mixmag in 2011, Tiësto has worked with superstars such as Kanye West, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Nelly Furtado, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Goldfrapp and many more.
Having completed his 2010 Kaleidoscope World Tour (15 months, 175 dates, playing to 1,000,000+ people across 6 continents) Tiësto had yet another relentless year in 2011. Key endeavors included the release of his highly anticipated “Club Life – Volume One Las Vegas” mix album and tour; brand new singles “Work Hard Play Hard”, “Maximal Crazy” and “Tornado” (w/ Steve Aoki); the launch of his CLVB LIFE clothing brand; performance at the launch party of “Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol” (streamed internationally via Coca Cola) and remix of the “Mission Impossible theme”; and the ground breaking “Club Life College Invasion Tour” which saw Tiësto embark on a two-week tour of college campuses across the United States. The tour culminated with a sold out event at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles where Tiësto performed before an audience of 26,000 fans – making it the largest single headline DJ show in United States history.
Tiësto has carried all this momentum into 2012 with a series of unique promotions including a brand new exclusive residency with XS at the Wynn Las Vegas; performing the first concert live-streamed on Twitter (in partnership with HP and Intel); his 10-part “In The Booth” YouTube documentary series; and the launch of his brand new state of the art mobile app for iPhone and IPod Touch. The coming months will see the launch of Tiësto’s own Sirius XM channel, the release of his “Club Life – Volume 2 Miami” mix album and a headline performance at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, amongst many other projects.
Established in 2010, Tiësto’s self-owned record label, Musical Freedom, is home to all of his own releases as well as those of other artists. Musical Freedom holds a number of gold and platinum records with each release hand-selected by Tiësto himself.
Above and Beyond
CONNECTION. If one word sums up the phenomenon of Above & Beyond then that is surely it. Whether it’s the thousands of fans singing their lyrics back at shows around the world, from Bangalore to Beirut to Brixton, or the millions that tune in for their weekly Group Therapy (ABGT) radio show, connection — real human connection – is at the heart of all things that define this multitalented trio.
Above & Beyond is Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamaki, and their story is one of constant movement over a 14-year history. From their early days as hotly-tipped producers remixing Radiohead and Madonna, to their current global standing, Jono, Tony and Paavo have remained as down-to-earth and determined as ever — always focused on the next goal.
The only dance act in history to win the Essential Mix Of The Year award twice (for their 2004 and 2011 efforts), the London-based trio have played to one million people on the Barra Beach in Rio de Janeiro (New Year’s Eve in 2007), sold out the Hollywood Palladium faster than anyone in history, and even had their track “Buzz” chosen to soundtrack the launch of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave desert. As these landmarks rack up, the non-stop pulse of their global touring keeps them connected to their growing international fan base. Each week brings another crowd, another country and often another continent, and an ABGT radio broadcast heard by over 25 million people.
A band first and foremost, Above & Beyond are songwriters as much as they are DJs. Their latest project, ‘Above & Beyond Acoustic,’ showcases their deeply rooted musicianship and classical training. Slated for release as a movie and album at the beginning of 2014, the trio has performed the project live both at London’s intimate Porchester Hall, and in two sold-out performances at LA’s renowned, 6,000-capacity Greek Theatre. Working with three singers, a string quartet, harpist, drummer and bassist, Tony sings and plays guitar, mandolin and ukulele, Paavo hits the grand piano, and Jono plays the Rhodes piano, guitar and vibraphone. The resulting product is unlike any undertaking by a dance music act in history. As Billboard noted: “Above & Beyond created one of the finest and more memorable shows in EDM history.”
Before the acoustic project, their second album Group Therapy took their sound to great new heights in 2011. The follow-up to 2006′s widely acclaimed debut Tri-State, the album draws on musical reference points as diverse as French cosmic pop heroes Air, American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley and soundtrack master Hans Zimmer. “We are always looking to explore new territory, but try to operate in our own way rather than just trying to follow trends,” explains Jono. The combined result on Group Therapy was unmistakably Above & Beyond — a cohesive album that was described by Mixmag as “the artist album of the year.”
At the heart of the album’s allure, of course, were songs of loves lost, confused and found; sung by the distinctive Richard Bedford and former Faithless singer/songwriter Zoë Johnston. “Songs have an impact which is quite unparalleled in art,” believes Tony. “Poetry can be powerful, great literature is another great informer and educator, but few of us can remember any significant words from the great books or poems we read. But something amazing happens when you put words to music.”
Featuring two BBC Radio 1 playlisted singles (“Sun & Moon” and “Thing Called Love”) and a Sirius BPM Chart #1, the album’s many songs have connected in a way that so few dance tracks — vocal or otherwise — ever manage. “Since releasing our Group Therapy Album it’s brought us even closer to our audience around the world,” explains Paavo. “The one thing I didn’t expect to happen on the scale it has, is how people from around the world have shared their stories with us as they go through amazingly positive or incredibly difficult times in their lives. It’s really touched us all and feels like a driving force for new creativity.”
The intense atmosphere at Above & Beyond’s increasingly ambitious live performances has redrawn the parameters of the DJ set. While so many superstar DJs place themselves at the heart of their performance, Above & Beyond’s focus is always on getting closer to their crowd and making them part of the action. Whether that’s by bringing fans up on stage to press the play button on their CDJs, or communicating with the crowd via visual screens and messages typed out on the spot, the effect is to make everyone in the room feel like they are part of an experience that is at once epic, immersive and interactive. “Some time ago we realized that on the best nights we have it’s always a three way thing: us, the music and the people, and we see improving the communication between all three as helping a good party turn incredible, ” explains Paavo. “The soundsystem, lights and visuals are all there to help people connect to the music, with each other and with us better. A Group Therapy experience, ideally, is positive, uniting and life-affirming for all involved.”
Throughout this process, Above & Beyond has continued to release forward-thinking instrumental club music — such as their latest single “Mariana Trench” — on their renowned Anjunabeats label. An essential part of their story, the label is now in its 13th year and has helped to nurture artists like the London-based innovator Mat Zo, the eclectic genius Andrew Bayer and Russian star Arty. Independently spirited but run with ambitious vision, the label has grown like a family. “Dance music tends to be very short term, but we aim to release records that will leave a lasting impression on people and are listened to in years to come” explains Jono. “We try to operate in our own way rather than trying to follow trends.”
Krewella is an electro group from Chicago comprised of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf joined by producer Rain Man. Making their debut in the summer of 2011, the trio instantly exploded onto the electro scene with their genre defying releases. Seamlessly merging infectious melodies with snarling dubstep drops, Krewella defies norms in EDM music. Onstage, the energy of Krewella’s DJ sets is contagious. With unrelenting growling bass, fans will find themselves raging harder than they ever have before.
Cedric Gervais has had an extraordinary life. As a young teenager, Cedric, who is originally from Marseilles, headed to St Tropez. There he got a summer residency at the famed Papa Gaio club. He was only 14 years old, not even legally old enough to party with the people he played for. This quickly turned into a residency at Paris' Queen club. Knowing the only path for him was music, Cedric pleaded with his father to take him out of school so he could concentrate on DJing. His father agreed, and, as is customary in France, went to the local courts to put Cedric's case forward. Then at just 15 years old and not speaking any English he decided Paris wasn't challenging him enough musically so he packed up and moved to Miami. This was at a time when an exciting movement within the club scene was happening in Miami; Big clubs were opening, the power of residencies were becoming ever more evident, Cedric saw this opportunity and jumped in.
He secured residencies at the best clubs and parties Miami had to offer – Living Room, Nikki Beach, Crobar and Space. During this time it wasn't just his DJing that excelled but his studio output too. His first big break came in the form of 'Spirit of my Life' in 2006; Pete Tong made it an Essential New Tune on his BBC Radio 1 show. Cedric followed with a string of high profile remixes for the likes of Dubfire and more 'Essential New Tunes' followed – namely in the form of 2009's 'Mauri's Dream' and most recently 'Molly', of which Madonna is a fan, more on that later.
Two of Cedric's most high profile club-residencies have been at Liv in Miami and Marquee in Las Vegas. Both of which are now home to his very own SHITSHOW!!! Parties. These events started at Liv and have grown to become a next-level clubbing experience. The ethos is simple, the production and level of effort put into making these parties happen is anything but. Put simply, anything goes at the SHITSHOW!!! events, there is no judgment or rules, only crazy clothes, lights, décor and one of the most up-for-it crowds found in any club globally. Cedric plays all night and the success of these events has meant its expanded from its original home in Miami to incorporate parties in Las Vegas at Marquee…and who knows where it will head this year…
So onto 2012 and Cedric's latest smash looks set to be his biggest yet. 'Molly' is a love story about a girl in the form of a club-smash. Madonna announced the track on stage at Ultra Festival in front of 20,000 people and Pete Tong loved it so much he played it 3 times in a row on air. This is also the first track in a long time to really be the 'stand-out' record of WMC week in Miami. The track is getting more and more attention with top radio play and club spins each week. Whilst Cedric himself is busy considering offers from Hollywood movie directors, touring the planet with 'Molly', preparing for his next big SHITSHOW!!! parties and planning one-epic summer season of gigs.
Singer and producer Alvin Risk’s talents have earned him instant recognition amongst the dance music Illuminati. Since posting his first songs just months ago, he has already garnered support from artists like Skrillex, Designer Drugs, and Steve Aoki, even featuring in Pendulum’s BBC Radio One Essential Mix.
Now placed at the forefront of electronic music, his catalog continues to grow steadily with a host of original productions and collaborations as well as remixes for artists as diverse as Matt & Kim, Ali Love, and Jamaica. He has also recently released the highly anticipated ‘Two Strokes Raw’ EP on Plant Music.
As for what is next, Alvin Risk has no intentions of letting up. This unpredictable artist will continue to innovate, challenge and defy expectations. The future may well see him return to his roots as the front man of an electronic rock orchestra.
$45.00 - $549.50