Anjunadeep‘s Open Air events carried their unique resonant atmosphere reaching Montreal‘s Parc Jean-Drapeau on July 20. Throughout, the label owned by Above & Beyond brought us some of their incredibly talented acts to perform from 3-11pm. Taking stage, the lineup kicked off in the order of Marsh, Qrion, CRi, Ben Böhmer (live), Cubicolor (live), Jeremy Olander and Luttrell. Distinguishing from the rather rainy Anjunabeats event earlier in the year, the sun was bright and glaring. Out the gate, fans showed up with spray bottles and water cooling things down and maintaining hydration. Montreal fans showed me that rain or shine, they’re willing to be out dancing to music they love.
Marsh launched the day of music with a set captivating my ears while setting the mood for what’s to come. Trailing, Qrion played one of the most memorable sets I’ve had the pleasure of hearing in a while. Getting to hear the songs from the ‘Sapporo EP‘ and the artist’s musical choices such as KH‘s (A.K.A. Four Tet) ‘Only Human‘.
Following that, I couldn’t keep myself away from the dance floor. Pulling through, CRi performed alongside his trusty synthesizers on stage. The home-town artist performed songs which can be found featured on Anjunadeep 243.
With everyone crafting memorable performances, Ben Böhmer and Cubicolor were certainly no exceptions. Both acts played live sets filling the atmosphere with infectious grooves. Luttrell even popped into Ben’s set which is no surprise considering the release of ‘Gibberish‘. The track is their debut collaboration which is out now via Anjunadeep.
Cubicolor performed many songs I was yearning to hear performed live, and I was left with no disappointment. They brilliantly presented some of my favorite tracks including ‘No Dancers‘ and ‘Dead End Thrills‘.
Before Luttrell took center-stage to close out the night, Jeremy Olander kept the floor warm. The DJ brought the darker and more moody music as his set traversed into a more uplifting tone. Moreover, he closed on a great up-beat and groovy tone carrying through to the final set. Closing the night up, Luttrell took the crowd through his spacious and warm music towards the end. In completion, we got to witness a wonderful moment when fireworks lit up the sky behind the booth. Anjunadeep’s Open Air event in Montreal will be in my memory for a while.
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