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Friday, 20 April 2018

ABBA Reunites With Avatars For TV Tribute Show !

ABBA reunites — with avatars — for TV tribute !

It’s the closest thing yet to an ABBA reunion: computerised avatars of Sweden’s legendary disco group will perform during a televised tribute to the quartet to be broadcast this autumn, ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus said Thursday.

Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson split up in 1982 after dominating the disco scene for more than a decade with hits like “Waterloo”, “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia” and “Super Trouper”.

The group, which has sold more than 400 million albums, has not sung together on stage since 1986.
The avatars will perform an as yet unnamed ABBA song during the tribute show, produced by British broadcaster BBC and US network NBC. Other top musical artists are also expected to perform.

“It’s a kind of ABBA tribute show, but the centrepiece … will be something I call ‘Abbatars’. It is digital versions of ABBA, from 1979,” Ulvaeus told AFP.

“It’s the first time it’s ever been done.”

In order to create the avatars, “techno artists” from Silicon Valley measured the heads of the four ABBA members and photographed them from all angles.

“With videos and lipsynching, they’ll create digital copies of us from 1979,” he said, referring to the year the album “Voulez-vous” was released.

Ulvaeus was in Brussels on Thursday to try to persuade European Broadcasting Union (EBU) member networks to sign on to the show.

The EBU is the broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest, the competition that launched ABBA on the international scene when it won in 1974 with the hit “Waterloo”.

“I hope that some of them (European broadcasters) will join us and make this … a global programme at the end of this autumn,” Ulvaeus said.

The show is expected to go on tour the following year.


Bjorn was a keynote speaker at the EBU Media Summit in Brussels - and he talked about the ABBAtars and the upcoming ABBA Tribute Show.

This is a section of his speech below.

You can watch the video of his entire speech here:  Bjorn Speech Video

"I have stood on many a taped white cross on studio floors in TV studios all around Europe, miming to the latest ABBA single. Those were the days. You only had to appear once in the biggest local show and the next day everybody would have heard your song. My colleagues today have to work much harder.

Well, it seems I will visit your TV channels again. In digital form this time. We have a new project together. Well, at least some of you are already involved. I’m talking about a big ABBA tribute show this autumn with artists from all parts of the world.

Frida, Agnetha, Benny and I had visitors from Silicon Valley last June. Techno artists, they call themselves. They photographed us from all possible angles, they made us grimace in front of cameras, they painted dots on our faces, they measured our heads. Apparently, a cranium doesn’t change with age the way the rest of your body falls apart. The measurements together with old videos and photos makes it possible for these IT wizards to create perfect copies of ABBA 1979. We thought we looked good that year.

It’s still work in progress, but they’ve come a long way and what I’ve seen so far is simply mind-boggling. These ABBAtars will sing one of Benny’s and my songs. You’ll hear the voices of ABBA coming out of the mouths of the ABBAtars. Lip synch. And you won’t be able to see that they’re not human beings. It’ll be spooky, I assure you. But great fun and no one has done it before. There is an existential dimension to explore as well. What would it be like to be young again. The wisdom that we hopefully possess now in combination with the youth of the ABBAtars.

NBC in America in partnership with the BBC have both global reach and experience of managing projects on a huge scale and they’re distributing the show. The plan is to make it a global television moment and they are now reaching out to top national and regional broadcasters like yourselves, who can be part of making it a shared experience all around the world - with simulcast transmission wherever possible. I can’t help thinking – it would be a bit like the Eurovision Song Contest. It sounds incredible, but they say it’s absolutely doable.

And what will the ABBAtars sing? I’m afraid I’m not at liberty to say, but let me give you something to talk about, a clue. The title could have been the heading for this speech. You’ll understand when you hear it."

Full speech text can be found here:


Friday, 13 April 2018

Record Store Day 2018 - ABBA Limited Edition Vinyl !

Record Store Day 2018

Saturday 21 April 

This year we have 2 fabulous vinyl records being released for Record Store Day.

First up we have this wonderful album from Agnetha which is being released on mint green vinyl !

The album was recorded in the same period as her bandmate Anni-Frid Lyngstad made her Swedish number one album Frida ensam - and both were recorded between sessions and a very busy promotion schedule for the ABBA albums Waterloo and ABBA.
Elva Kvinnor I Ett Hus was originally slated for release in 1973 but following Agnetha's pregnancy that year and later the unexpected success with ABBA it was postponed and not released until late 1975. By then, four years had passed since the release of her last Swedish solo-album, När en vacker tanke blir en sång.
Agnetha composed all but one of the songs herself with lyrics by Swedish writer, journalist and lyricist Bosse Carlgren. The only exception was the Swedish version of the ABBA song "S.O.S." which was written by Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson and Agnetha's husband at the time, Björn Ulvaeus. Agnetha's record company Cupol insisted on including a Swedish version of an ABBA song to increase album sales.

Plus we have this awesome Limited Edition 7" splatter vinyl of Summer Night City !
Limited to 2000 copies.

Actual Vinyl

Don't miss out !

Check your local Record Store Day websites for participating stores in your area.

Aussies can check them out here: http://www.recordstoreday.com.au/

ABBA The Museum New Exhibition Coming In May 2018 ! After ABBA

The countdown has officially begun - new exhibition opening in May! Some music never dies - it multiplies!

ABBA The Museum has a new permanent exhibition coming !

The World Premiere will take place in May 2018.

The new Exhibition covers everything that came After ABBA - so the whole story will be told at the Museum.



Three of the masterminds behind the new exhibition.
Museum Director Caroline Fagerlind, Guest Curator Görel Hanser and Creative Director/Curator Ingmarie Halling.
Photo: Ivan da Silva för Zap PR

Will you be there for the Premiere ?

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Sneak peak for the press of the new interactive exhibition
Creative Director/Curator Ingmarie Halling showing one of the new interactive features in the new exhibition! Here you can step in to the world of MAMMA MIA

Model of the new After ABBA exhibition
ABBA The Museum After ABBA exhibition, introduced by (from left) Bengt, Caroline, Görel and Ingmarie.
Here you can paint the Mamma Mia door with virtual blue color at the After ABBA exhibition
You can be the conductor of Chess
Ingmarie Halling presents Chess The Musical at the new After ABBA exhibition
A sneak preview of the new After ABBA section

Sunday, 4 March 2018

ABBA In Australia 1977 - 4th March Sydney - 41 Years Ago Today

ABBA Live In Sydney Australia 4th March 1977

Repeat post from 2016 with a couple of extra items added 😄

ON THIS DAY – 4th March 1977
ABBA Live In Australia !
R.A.S Showground Sydney – 8.30pm
Sound Rehearsal 2.00pm – make sure they got all the water out !
On Friday 4th March 1977 ABBA performed their second concert in Sydney.
This concert was not part of the original schedule and was added in later due to the overwhelming numbers - too many for one concert.
In reality, they could have held at least 5 concerts in Sydney and still all shows would have been sold out. Just as with the UK, demand far exceeded what was available.
My Mum was always sorry that we didn’t go to the second show – I think even now she hasn’t gotten over that. But in 1977, I think $90 for two concerts (tickets for the Sydney shows were $9.00 each) was a bit of a stretch for a woman on her own with 4 daughters under the age of 15.
It truly would have been amazing to see ABBA twice. – but I know that just being able to see ABBA once was a major blessing.
I was always just a tad jealous though of those that were watching  ABBA on Friday night while I was sitting at home. It’s all the family could think about on the Friday night – what we were missing – it was kind of sad knowing that this was the last time ABBA would be this close to us. But it wasn’t even just that – it was also knowing that this audience had great weather for their show ! Double whammy lol.
There were no issues at all on the Friday night, as far as I am aware, and ABBA performed the complete set list, including So Long, to another 30,000 people chanting ‘We want ABBA’.
I am sure ABBA would have breathed a sigh of relief after Thursday night’s experience – and no doubt they were not the only ones.
There was more emphasis on crowd control for this concert – with more security to ensure no one was crushed or trampled in the initial rush for seats.
The previous evening’s events had shocked everyone – who would expect ABBA fans to behave hysterically ? lol
But the organisers learned fast, and it all went more smoothly on Friday night.
Right up to the fireworks display at the end of the show !
This night stays in my heart, along with Thursday night, but for totally different reasons.
I am surprised that an audience recording for this night has never surfaced. Especially as we have recordings from every other show in Australia – even Sydney on Thursday night, with the awful wind and rain.
It would be amazing to find a recording for Friday night – it surely has to be out there somewhere !
When the concert finished on Friday night, the crew had to immediately breakdown the sound, lighting and stage equipment and get it on its way to Melbourne for setup the following day. ABBA would be performing there on 5th.
Equipment was sent by road in IPEC trucks and by airfreight – with film equipment being sent with the crew on a following charter flight – which left Sydney at 4am. Film equipment consisted of 40 pieces weighing in at about 900 kilos.
What huge days for the crew on this tour – no wonder they didn’t want to travel all the way to Brisbane as well – would have been too much with the schedule they had.
Here is a beautiful raw and Live performance of 'I Wonder' by Frida in Sydney 1977. This recording is from 3rd March concert.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

ABBA In Australia 1977 - 3rd March Sydney - First Concert 41 Years Ago Today !

Sydney 3rd March 1977

ABBA Live In Sydney !

R.A.S Showground Sydney – 8.30pm

Tickets: $9.00 each - no allocated seating 
"We play Rain or Shine" - I wonder if ABBA rued having that statement on the tickets ?
On Thursday 3rd March 1977, ABBA performed the first of their 11 concerts in Australia. It was held at the Showground in Sydney as there was no Entertainment Centre in Sydney until 1983, and no other indoor venue that could cater for such a show. 
There were 30,000 people at this concert ! 
As many would know, I did quite extensive blog posts about this tour in previous years, so I won't repeat myself too much this year. For those who missed those posts, here is the link for 3rd March 2016:


And the link for 2017:


Photo by Adrian Zorac
The Australian tickets were a very nice piece of memorabilia, with different colours for each venue, two different images used on the front, and all with ABBA's printed signatures on the back.


Thursday, 14 December 2017

ABBA Super Troupers The Exhibition - Press Conference And Fan Review !

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Kacey O'Neill from United Kingdom has put in an amazing effort to bring us details and her personal review of ABBA Super Troupers - The Exhibition which opened at the Southbank Centre in London today.

Kacey managed to attend the Press Preview on 13th December - and yes, Bjorn was there !

You can follow any updates on the Facebook page ABBA Info or keep checking back here as Kacey will be providing further information and photos.


Kacey's Review:

ABBA: Super Troupers. - The Review (by Kacey O'Neill)

I made it to the Press Preview of ABBA: Super Troupers on Wednesday 13th December. With representatives from every organisation involved in putting this exhibition together to Universal Music including Mia Segolsson. For fans the important players that were present: Bjorn Ulvaeus, Gorel Hanser and Ingmarie Halling. The room was packed waiting for the speeches to be done as an introduction to the press for ABBA: Super Troupers. Bjorn sat in front of us whilst all this was going on, just another man, another visitor waiting to do his speech. He hadn’t realise how gloomy the United Kingdom must have been at that time as ABBA started out on their road to fame. However on that note I must point out despite the black outs and three day weeks, as a very young child I remember our home was a safe and happy one. Maybe less is more in the current climate of materialism. My friend Luke has his photo taken with Gorel after he had interviewed her for his radio show. She was happy to have her photo taken with him and said to me ‘’It’s good to see someone with a real camera taking photos’’. Helga from the ABBA Fan Club and I later allowed Luke loose with the camera so he could take our photo in front in the ABBA: Super Troupers Exhibition projection display.

Onto the actual exhibition itself. The three of us were booked in for the 11:15 tour. What you have to remember the additional people attending this tour are also reviewing the exhibition and most probably not ABBA fans with the knowledge and expectations and may not fully understand the why the rooms are set out in such a way. Also the exhibition with it’s artefacts and displays isn’t souley about ABBA. It is also intertwined with the country’s memories of 1970’s Britain and what it was like during that time. This exhibition is very different to ABBA World and ABBA The Museum. You cannot compare ABBA: Super Troupers to these as that would be unfair and out of context to what The Southbank Centre are aiming to achieve. With this in mind you will have wiped all memories of previous exhibitions seen and enjoy the Super Troupers exhibition for what it is and step back in time.

Our guide on this tour was Neil – I must add he also a fully fledged ABBA fan and enjoying every minute of the work and his job in hand. - We go through a door of a vinyl record into a room of darkness which soon lights up gradually with a Super Trouper spotlight in and a disco ball behind us. As we progress through each room we get plenty of information from our guide interspersed by narrative presented by Jarvis Cocker. An unexpected choice in fans eyes but his voice brings a familiarity to the whole presentation. As ABBA songs are played through the speakers and press people guess the songs there is an odd sensation of movement with the lights and disco ball spinning, but you are not moving you are standing still. As the tour progresses you walk through a series of secret doors from wardrobes – a Narnia moment – to caravans and toilet doors.

Next room we move into is a typical 1970’s living room, wow what a throwback. Old TV that works showing archive news footage (you come to realise that history repeats in a different scenario but we never learn), radio, a collection of vinyl and through a window a snatched moment of a kitchen cabinets too. ABBA posters, Lookin magazines, paper doll cut outs, badges, some archive material and Ring Ring Gold Disc in a frame. Ok, there is a copy of the band’s album ‘Ring, Ring’ on prominent display in the vinyl. The ABBA fan of the house could have bought this on import from Adrian’s Records as the band’s popularity grew during that decade. However Luke and I spotted a copy of an LP by Anita Dobson so that was definitely out of place being released in the 1980’s. From here on you understand and realise the reasons why you cannot take photos of the exhibition. With 16 people going from room to room, photo opportunities are difficult (mobile phones get some interference for some reason so it’s best to switch them off) and most likely detract from actual tour talk/presentation and may annoy other attendees.

We move onto the next room and for anyone that is tall some doorways you will have to dip down unless you want to bang your head! We wait in a small hotel corridor and spot the Fire Extinguisher with the name ‘Waterloo’. The Napoleon Suite being aptly named may have prompted Benny at the time to place a bet on winning the Eurovision Song Contest. All good omens. We go through the door and as Bjorn says in an interview is the replica of Agnetha and Bjorn’s suite. You can see celebrations have gone on in this room after ABBA;s win of the Eurovision Song Contest. Glasses having been filled with drink, bottles of champagne and chinzano – remember that drink? – You have the replica Waterloo costumes visible through glass and a replica of Bjorn’s star guitar displayed right in the middle of the double bed. You watch ABBA’s performance at the Eurovision Song Contest on a TV screen whilst perusing through a copy of the local newspaper on the table featuring all the Eurovision artists. There are news clippings displayed on the victory, a replica of the Eurovision medal, Agnetha’s hat and other archive material to view. This is one of my favourite rooms of the tour.
We move onto the Folkes Park room through the bedroom wardrobe and it is here we have some experience of the Swedish Folk Parks where thee ABBA members would have performed. Warm balmy nights, hot summer days with microphones, piano all ready for rehearsal. There is sheet music photos and doodles by Frida,, Bjorn’s school report, military enrolment book and other archive material.

The next room was another favourite of mine. The Polar Studios. Here you are given a set of headphones to put on to listen to your tour guide, the narration and of course ABBA’s wonderful music. You see Agnetha’s head phones, an ABBA Magazine reporting on ABBA in the studio, hand written manuscripts, archive material all set out in a recording studio. There is a 2 track analog 1/4’’ tape recorder 24 track analog 2’’ tape recorder along with other studio equipment. You get the chance to hear ‘Money Money Money’ and mix up or mix down the track which is great fun to do and hear. and on the video screen in the actual studio you get to see and hear the video clip of the missing verse of ‘’Dancing Queen’’ that us fans already know about but most press unaware of and whilst this is playing you get your own chance to sing the chorus of ‘’Dancing Queen’’ live in the studio.
We move on to the next room. ABBA on tour in Australia behind the stage where their dressing rooms are caravans and boy are they small. I did ask about this and the flooring as there appeared to be some confusion in some people’s faces. Neil gave a great answer and confused faces turned to ‘now I understand’. Maybe some had not experienced the early days of Glastonbury either. Live tour film footage from ABBA The Movie played in the back ground with interspersed interviews (similar footage present in ABBA World and ABBA The Museum) whilst the rain emptied down. The floor was a mixture of grass, dried mum, gravel stones and wooden slats all under a covered back stage area. The one caravan set out with an old Kitchen unit, iron make up, bottles and a gold cape on display behind glass. There was seating outside with coffee cups and bottles, a suitcase and display material included photos, news clippings hand written note from Agnetha, signed postcard and a ‘Bullshit’ list for which the title alone made me laugh! What ABBA got provided with on tour in 1977 bands and artists would throw a tantrum and not accept this on their riders. It was all pretty basic stuff and not the rock and roll you would expect. I rather liked this room. It gave insight to ABBA back in the day.

Now this is the room I don’t get. The Nightclub Toilet disco. Walls full of graffiti, old posters of bands and leaflets stuck to the wall and grotty toilets. There was also a little bit of public toilets smell in the air. It was also a room I didn’t pay much attention to apart form the ABBA display material. It’s connection was to do with night clubs and disco and you before you enter the room, you as visitors are queuing for the toilets! The ABBA display material is in the cubicle and sinks and mirror wall. There are a signed concert ticket and ‘79 tour programme. Other concert tickets for Wembley and Japan as well as premiere tickets and passes for concerts and ABBA The Movie. There is a letter from the Police about Piccadilly Circus regarding ABBA’s request to film the promo video of ‘Super Trouper’. The big display is the tour suitcase that ABBA’s Doctor used, Benny’s boots from the 77 tour and one of the 1979 tour capes from the ABBA concerts.

Maybe in place of this room there could have been an ABBA fan’s typical bedroom with posters on the wall, memorabilia around, record player, vinyl and seventies fashion to keep in with the ABBA memories and seventies memories. Far more relative. Sorry but the Nightclub Toilet Disco just doesn’t work for me and my reasons are constructive not dismissive.

We move onto the room reminiscent of ABBA’s video ‘’One of us’’. It is known as the Melancholy Room and is a front room of unpacked boxes. You have Frida’s green dress from ‘When All Is Said and Done’ video behind glass. There is a poster of ABBA The Visitors with an earlier poster of ABBA in their career and how different it was from beginning to their final studio album. There is archive material including photos of ABBA at their party for The Singles The First Ten Years. A press release about Frida moving to London, the latest ABBA album release and fan letter display. You also ending up watching ABBA's last interview with Noel Edmonds in 1982 on the TV. In a way you feel that hint of sadness.

The final room is a luxurious plane flight known as The Legacy. Luxury seating which we all took the opportunity to sit on!! Luke and I sat in front of the amazing replica puppets that were used in the Last Video. Those puppets do look amazing as the last time I saw them was under spotlights and artificial lighting. There is also a jumpsuit costume and boots worn by Donna in ‘Mamma Mia!’ and the kimono outfits we all know and love. There is also the Japanese Gold cassette award for the single ‘Super Trouper’. As you are seated the plane takes off and you get that take off sensation and then you view clips of ABBA videos in the window panes along with clips from films ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ ‘The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Dessert’ and a tribute by ‘French and Saunders’ with C’est La vie. It is here the plane descends and lands (no turbulence by the way) and the tour concludes with the story of ABBA’s longevity and continued legacy.

Overall, this is a tour. It lasts one hour and timing is important. You can ask your guide any questions during the tour and they are happy to answer. The Guides present the tour very professionally. Ok it may be scripted but there is room for ad lib. I can draw comparisons to tours I have been on for The Colston Hall and The Hippodrome in Bristol. The information is informative but not deep in depth that long term fans could have said ‘well I didn’t know that’. I’d also would have liked to have seen more material on display but having said that less is more and it is a taster. You can use your imagination and knowledge you already have as an ABBA fan. You are taken on a journey of ABBA and seventies Britain and I thoroughly enjoyed being a long term fan myself. I didn’t know what to expect but what is presented is well thought out. You don’t have the chance you go around the tour at your leisure as you could at ABBA World and ABBA The Museum and it would be totally unfair to draw comparisons, ABBA: Super Troupers is a unique exhibition.

I'd give it 81/2 out of 10. But for fans like us the information provided we already know. For the fan who loves ABBA's music it would be a good learning curve to learn more about the band and a little of Britain's history at the time.

It's also good to note that British Sign Language , Autism and Tourette's Friendly, and Dementia Friendly tours are available and you can find information here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/…/126442-abba-super-troup…

Footnote: You asked, I tell. The merchandise shop for ABBA: Super Troupers is small. There is a selection of ABBA Memorabilia you can buy that is also available at ABBA The Museum apart from the The Exhibition bags and poster. There are books, keyrings, postcards, posters, mugs, ABBA Album Christmas baubles, hats, t-shirts and bags.

Abba: Super Troupers is at the Southbank Centre, London, 14 December-29 April. Go to web site: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/…/123377-abba-super-troup… Tickets are £15 - £25.

ABBA Super Troupers The Exhibition - Photos & Video & Articles - Updated 15th December

Well it's all very exciting and the media is coming in fast now.

Keep checking back as I will continue to add updates here.

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Bjorn Ulvaeus gave ITV a tour of the Brighton hotel bedrooms the band slept in following their stunning Eurovision win in 1974. It's part of a new immersive exhibition at London's Southbank Centre.

ITV Video

Abba memorabilia fills the rooms, which are connected by secret doors and magical wardrobes

Bjorn Ulvaeus, former band member of the group ABBA, poses for photographers in a recreation of the Polar recording studio in Sweden, where the group recorded many of their notable albums including Super Trouper.

Article from The Guardian:

Abba's Björn Ulvaeus: I had no idea 1970s Britain was so gloomy 

Band member speaks at preview of London exhibition that lovingly recreates scenes from era of band’s sensational success

There were endless strikes, power cuts, three-day weeks, TV programmes that finished at 10.30pm and Noel Edmonds. “You get very close to the reality of Britain in the 70s,” said Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus. “I had no idea it was so gloomy.”
Ulvaeus was speaking at the first preview of a new immersive Abba show at the Southbank Centre, which aims to tell the sensational success story of the band, as well as put it in the social and political context of 1970s Britain.
Groups of no more than 16 will be taken through nine rooms recreating important moments from the band’s history. Narrated by Jarvis Cocker, the show contains more than 120 archive objects as well as, of course, loads of music.

“It is the opposite of all those huge technically advanced virtual reality exhibitions that most of those pop groups have,” said Ulvaeus. “This is much more intimate, it’s warm, it’s full of a sense of humour.”
Abba burst on to the scene when they won the Eurovision song contest in Brighton in 1974 with Waterloo, beating Olivia Newton John’s UK entry. “The Abba”, as the TV commentator called them, were a much needed light in dark, difficult times.
Ulvaeus said the exhibition, a collaboration with the Abba Museum in Stockholm, made him realise how “impossibly gloomy” Britain was. “We were here for one or two days, now and then, so we didn’t quite know about this.”
It was particularly interesting to see news footage of the debate around whether to go into Europe, he said. “It was striking … how the Brits were hesitant about Europe back then, in the very same way as they are now, which is really sad I think.

The Napoleon Suite at Brighton Hotel

“It was spooky. It’s the same thing again for some reason, trying to stay away from Europe. It’s like losing, not losing a friend because you’re still there, but somehow you don’t want to be in the team and I think that’s sad.”

For some visitors the London exhibition will be nostalgic. There is a recreation of a chilly 70s front room with depressing news reports on the telly, candles for when the lights go out, a copy of Look-In, and a Peters and Lee record that someone hasn’t put back in its sleeve.
An unnecessarily rancid nightclub toilet is lovingly reproduced with puerile graffiti on the cubicle walls, cigarette ends, unspooled toilet roll and vomit stains.
The show’s producer, Paul Denton, said the nightclub was there because it was where so many people enjoyed the music. “Abba only toured for three months in 10 years, which is unheard of for a band today.”

Bjorn Ulvaeus, former band member of the group ABBA, poses for photographers in a recreation of the Brighton hotel suite, where the group celebrated their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest victory

Other rooms in the show include the Brighton hotel suite – the Napoleon Suite – where Abba celebrated the Eurovision song contest win, a bottle of Cinzano on the dressing room table.
There is the Polar music recording studio where Abba made records from 1978 and where visitors can now demonstrate how brilliantly they too can sing Dancing Queen.
For diehard Abba fans, room eight may be particularly hard to bear: the split. Denton and his team have created a Swedish apartment full of half-unpacked boxes, just like the opening scene in Abba’s melancholic One of Us.

On the TV is the band’s last performance in the UK with a toe-curlingly awkward interview with Noel Edmonds on the Late Late Breakfast Show.

The Southbank Centre show is the finale of its year-long celebration of Nordic arts and culture. “It has been a fascinating journey,” said the artistic director, Jude Kelly. “It would have been impossible to celebrate Nordic culture without thinking about Abba.”
Ulvaeus said he never imagined Abba – who split up 35 years ago – would last like it has. “It is kind of weird, but you get used to it.”

He said he was exposed to his younger self in some form every day, which meant he seemed to him to be that “other guy, from way back then. But I’m proud of what he did, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it hadn’t been for him.”


Visitors sit in a recreation of ABBA's private jet in the Exhibitions final room.

Visistors sit in a recreation of ABBA’s private jet in the exhibition’s final room

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/abba-show-recreates-dingy-70s-britain-bjorn-ulvaeus-says-i-didnt-think-wed-last/
Visistors sit in a recreation of ABBA’s private jet in the exhibition’s final room

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/abba-show-recreates-dingy-70s-britain-bjorn-ulvaeus-says-i-didnt-think-wed-last/

Article from Belfast Telegraph:

Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus: Performing together again would be too much hassle

An immersive Abba exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre takes visitors inside a dark and dreary British living room and a recording studio.

Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus said the pop sensations will never perform again because it would be “too enormous” – as he unveiled a show charting the rise of the band against the backdrop of “grim”, 1970s Britain.  

The immersive exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre takes visitors inside a dark and dreary British living room, a recreation of the Brighton hotel bedrooms the band slept following their stunning Eurovision win, a recording studio and an aeroplane cabin.
Ulvaeus, 72, told the Press Association that the exhibition made him realise how “impossibly gloomy” Britain was at the time, with a collapsing economy, a three-day working week, and strikes.

“We were here for one or two days, now and then, so we didn’t quite know about this,” he said.
He said the London venue’s exhibition on another Nordic export, the Moomins, was one of the reasons he said yes to the “intimate” Abba show, which is a world away from “those huge exhibitions pop stars usually have”.
Ulvaeus said that wandering through the show had rekindled old memories, but that there was no chance of the hit Swedish band reuniting.
“I walked through yesterday and some of the rooms really took me back. Especially the (recreation of a) Sydney arena backstage,” he said.

“It was a dark, rainy night when we did a show there. It took me back. I was so surprised, I didn’t think it would. I really felt, this is what it was like,” he said.
“The hotel room in Brighton was like the room (bandmate and then wife) Agnetha (Faltskog) and I must have had, the bed in which I woke up at 4 o’clock in the morning the day after (their Eurovision win), finally realising what had happened, because everything was chaos before.
“It happened overnight so it was, ‘today we’re famous and yesterday we weren’t.”
But Ulvaeus said that performing as a group again was “not going to happen”, adding: “I think we don’t feel the motivation.
“The four of us, with live concerts, no. The simple answer is because we don’t want to. Why don’t we want to? I guess because it would be such hassle, it would be enormous. And it would take such… you cannot imagine the tension and the attention from everyone.
“So it would be like robbing yourself of, perhaps, two or three years out of your life when I could be paddling on my surf ski in the archipelago of Stockholm instead. There’s a choice.”
The star said that visiting the exhibition and watching old news footage broadcast from a TV in the 1970s living room made him realise some things in Britain had not changed – particularly controversy over Europe.
“It was striking on that telly, they showed footage from 1973/74, how the Brits were hesitant about Europe back then, in the very same way as they are now, which is really sad I think.
“It was spooky. It’s the same thing again for some reason, trying to stay away from Europe.
“It’s like losing, not losing a friend because you’re still there, but somehow you don’t want to be in the team and I think that’s sad,” he said of Brexit.
One of the items on display is a report Ulvaeus received from his music teacher at the age of seven, giving him a B minus, which has been unearthed from the archives.

“I was forced to play the recorder. They tried to make me do that when I wanted to play ice hockey. I was not interested in whatever that teacher had to say,” he said.
“I was probably very unruly during the lessons.  I was only seven or eight. At 12 I was given my first guitar and then I think I got an A after that. It turned around pretty quickly!”
Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre, said that the venue’s celebration of Nordic culture would have been “impossible without thinking about Abba”.
She added: “We have this idea that pop culture is throwaway culture. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of people who operate in the cultural space who think that pop culture has less value than what you might call classical culture.
“But if you think about what charts our lives…  we’re often looking at popular music.”


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