Welcome to ABBAtalk! More than 35 years since their last concert tour, the members of ABBA are preparing to give their fans a new entertainment experience in the form of virtual reality technology. Dubbed an 'ABBA reunion' by the international press, Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid (Frida) will be involved throughout the creative process. Frida Lyngstad said: "Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform and so I hope this new ABBA creation will excite them as much as it excites me!" Benny Andersson: "We're inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here. A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are." Further details of this pioneering collaboration will be announced in 2017. This year has been full of surprises for ABBA fans. In January, ABBA spontaneously took to the stage at the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party and, in April, Benny delighted fans with a surprise appearance at ABBA The Museum, where he answered questions and played Thank You For The Music. Most recently, all four ABBA members appeared at a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of Björn and Benny's first meeting! In tribute to their friendship, Agnetha and Frida sang 'The Way Old Friends Do'. However, ABBA's last known musical performance as a quartet was at the private birthday party of their friend and business associate Görel Hanser in 1999. ABBAtalk recently had the honour of welcoming legendary jazz/rock guitarist Janne Schaffer to our London stage. Janne recorded with ABBA from their first sessions in 1972 to their very last in 1982. We also held our fourth unofficial 'ABBAdance' disco. Our previous summer parties have attracted ABBAtalkers from across the UK, central Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and North America and this year was another success! Plans for future events are underway. Join ABBAtalk on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.Chris WilliamsLondon, November 2016
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Book Launch: ABBA - The Complete Recording SessionsLondon, 8 April 2016 ★ Limited Tickets ABBA historian and consultant to Polar Music, Carl Magnus Palm, will celebrate the publication of his new book in a unique event featuring live music.More details & tickets
ABBAdance 2017To Be AnnouncedA full day of ABBA! Our fifth 'ABBAdance' summer party is scheduled to take place in Hammersmith, London next year. It's guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever before! Details will be announced in the coming months.
Previous ABBAtalk eventsYou will soon be able to read about our past events, including those featuring guest appearances by ABBA historian Carl Magnus Palm, guitarist Janne Schaffer and Judd Lander (Director of Promotion, Epic Records). Please check back soon!
Benny Andersson delighted fans with a surprise appearance at ABBA The Museum in April 2016. Joined on stage by Görel Hanser, Mia Segolsson and Ingmarie Halling, Benny answered the fans' questions before playing Thank You For The Music to the overjoyed crowd. This video is compilation of footage which has been generously sent in by the ABBAtalkers who filmed it and features subtitles in English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Finnish... and more!
Carl Magnus Palm, the world's foremost ABBA historian and consultant to Polar Music International, is currently writing a completely revised, expanded and updated edition of his very first book, ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. You can read more information and pre-order the book here. We interviewed Carl Magnus at Atlantis Studio in Stockholm (previously called Metronome Studio), where ABBA recorded many of their biggest hits, including Waterloo, Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen.
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