Welcome to ABBAtalk! 2016 has already proven to be full of surprises for ABBA fans. For the first time in more than 30 years, Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Frida spontaneously took to the stage at the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party in January. Soon after, in April, Benny delighted fans with a surprise appearance at ABBA The Museum, where he answered questions and played Thank You For The Music for the overjoyed audience. Watch our videos of both of these occasions below. Most recently - and most spectacularly - all four members of ABBA appeared at a star-studded celebration marking the 50th anniversary of Björn and Benny's first meeting in June 1966! As a tribute to their friendship, Agnetha and Frida sang 'The Way Old Friends Do'. ABBA's last known (musical) performance was at the private birthday party of their friend Görel Hanser in 1999, but this latest appearance is the first time fans have seen footage of Agnetha and Frida singing together since 1986! This year, ABBAtalk hosted three unofficial events for ABBA fans. Our first featured an on-stage interview with Judd Lander, who was the Director of Promotion at Epic Records in the UK and worked closely with ABBA between 1976 and 1982. In June, ABBAtalk welcomed 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, and has released 14 solo albums in his own right. Most recently we 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! Join ABBAtalk on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.Chris WilliamsLondon, August 2016
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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!
Lars Lerin meets Frida ★ Swedish artist and author Lars Lerin travels to Frida's home on Mallorca in this wonderfully touching programme, first broadcast in January 2016. Thanks to our generous friends, subtitles are available in English, Spanish, German, French, Danish, Polish and Finnish.★ Watch more
ABBAtalk meets Janne SchafferLondon, 25 June 2016 ★ SOLD OUT ABBAtalk meets legendary jazz/rock guitarist Janne Schaffer, who worked with ABBA from their first recording session in 1972 to their last in 1982, as well as releasing 14 solo albums in his own right. Janne will travel from his home in Stockholm to Hammersmith, London, especially for this truly unique event. In front of an intimate audience, Janne will share fascinating and humorous behind-the-scenes stories, focussing on his decade-long career with ABBA.
ABBAdance (+ optional lunchtime meeting)London, 6 August 2016 ★ SOLD OUTA full day of ABBA! Our fourth 'ABBAdance' will take place on 6 August and, as usual, our summer disco party will be preceded by a lunchtime event on the very same day.
Stockholm, 22-24 April 2016 The Official International ABBA Fan Club will celebrate their 30th Anniversary by moving their annual ABBA weekend to Stockholm! Special events are being hosted at ABBA The Museum and at the newly unveiled Mamma Mia! The Party on the beautiful island of Djurgården.
Previous ABBAtalk eventsYou will soon be able to read about our past events, including those featuring guest appearances by ABBA historian Carl Magnus Palm and Judd Lander (Director of Promotion, Epic Records). Please check back soon!
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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