Eyes gleaming with tears, staring at confetti and wisps of coloured paper settle on the heads and noses of other gleaming eyes was how my last Above and Beyond experience ended.
The experience ended, yes, but I have been carrying that moment and memory in my heart ever since. It never leaves you, that memory. It brightens up the darkest crevices of hatred and sadness that exist, leaving you inspired, happier and hopeful.
If you ever talk to someone who has been a part of Group Therapy in any part of the world, you will see their faces light up in a way like no other when they remember it. That’s just what music by Above and Beyond does, doesn’t it? It makes you truly believe in the power of emotion and music. What Tony, Paavo and Jono do incredibly, though, are making their concerts a journey. The lyrics they display on the screen of every concert have so much soul and feeling, more than visuals ever could communicate on their own. You relate to them, you lose yourself in them and you tirelessly dance to them.
You could be at a point in your life where everything seems like it’s falling apart but what their music gives you and the thought behind what they create, makes you feel like there is so much to achieve, there’s so much to experience and it encourages you to never back down!
Life and the challenges it throws will always whiz past you. Over the next few days though, wherever you are, you owe yourself to be transported to a parallel universe where only positivity, good vibes and wonderful people exist. All in the name of music. Music that will change your life. Music that will continue to mould your life.
Everyone needs a moment to start believing in something. I assure you, that moment will be at Group Therapy.
Pune – Friday, 27th November: BlueFrog Amphitheatre
Mumbai – Saturday, 28th November: Reliance Jio Garden
Bangalore – Sunday 29th November: Supernova Arena