The Anjuna family came out in full force for Sunny Lax at The Underground.
Excitement for the show began hours before doors opened. Lax’s new tune, Pequod, premiered as the record of the week on Episode 229 of Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy Radio. Right before releasing the track, group member Tony McGuiness mentioned the show in Seattle at The Underground. For a club that celebrated its one year anniversary just earlier this year, hearing its name mentioned on a radio show that broadcasts worldwide is a pretty big deal.
After a good deal of hype and anticipation, the sun set and showtime finally arrived. As we walked down the narrow stairs and into the venue, we were greeted with deep tunes, courtesy of local artist Thomas Crown. A few personal favorites he played included the Eric Prydz remix of Flashback by Calvin Harris, and Word by Chris Lake and Sebastien Leger.
Up next, we heard mellow beats from resident DJ Sunriser. He built on the laid-back vibes, playing several Anjunadeep tunes, including a few tracks from Yotto. Then, Gotek jumped on the decks and continued energizing the crowd. Several attendees, including Gotek himself, were spotted wearing Anjunabeats merch. The crowd was energetic, and as they always are at the Underground, warm & friendly to boot.
Sunny Lax Hits The Stage
At long last, Hungarian producer Sunny Lax arrived. He started off with a tune that instantly united the room: Above & Beyond’s club mix of Another Chance by Oceanlab. When the crowd heard this song, they immediately ran to the main room and belted out the lyrics in unison. These type of moments are quite common at Anjunabeats shows; they’re what bring members of the Anjuna family together. When we saw the crowd’s reaction to this song, we knew it was going to be a great night.
Smiles, hugs and love filled the room. There were no strangers, just members of the Anjuna family waiting to meet one another, and Sunny Lax gave the crowd exactly what they wanted: Uplifting tunes and melodic beats. We heard some of our favorite tracks of his, including Everything’s a Lie and Onyx. He also played several Above & Beyond tunes, like Thing Called Love and Fly To New York. Other well received tracks included Higher Love by Seven Lions & Jason Ross, and Easy by Porter Robinson & Mat Zo.
In the end, we were treated to two-and-a-half hours of bliss-filled trance. Lax did an amazing job connecting with the crowd through smiles and high fives, and the crowd, the venue, the atmosphere were all on point. Suffice it to say, everything was perfect. Sunny Lax certainly gave us our Anjunabeats fix, and now we’re counting down the days until ABGT250. Perhaps he’ll be one of the artists on the lineup? We sure hope so!
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