ABBA will meet at Olympic Park in Stratford in May

Published:
10:45 am February 17, 2022



Swedish pop sensation ABBA will reunite for the first time in nearly 40 years at a digital concert at Olympic Park.

The band, one of pop music’s most successful bands, performed their hit Me and I at a private gala in 2016, which marked the very first time they had reunited since 1986.

But the famous quartet haven’t performed in front of the public for almost 40 years, that is, until they do so at their next digital show at Olympic Park in Stratford, which was delayed last year due to the pandemic.


Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid in motion capture suits
– Credit: Baillie Walsh

The band said in a statement released last September: “It’s been a while since we’ve made music together. Almost 40 years, in fact. We went on hiatus in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided that it was time to end it.”

The concert, conducted by Baillie Walsh, will see Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid perform digitally with a 10-piece band, in a specially designed 3,000-seat arena on May 27.


Artist's rendition of ABBA's Olympic Park Concert

The digital concert will be held in a purpose-built 3,000 capacity arena
– Credit: StuFish Entertainment

The digital avatars of the band members were created after months of motion capture and performance techniques along with a team of 850 people from George Lucas’ visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic.

They also released a studio album, Voyage, last year in November 2021, 40 years after their last offering, The Visitors.


ABBA's Björn at the Olympic Park Arena

ABBA’s Björn at the Olympic Park Arena
– Credit: ABBA Travel

Two of the band’s new songs, I Still Have Faith in You and Don’t Shut Me Down, will both feature in the concert which will be followed by a series of digital performances throughout the year.

They said the main inspiration to record again came from their involvement “in creating the weirdest, most spectacular gig you could ever dream of”.


ABBA in lights at the Olympic Park

ABBA in lights at the Olympic Park
– Credit: ABBA Travel

They added in their September 2021 statement: “We’re going to be able to sit in an audience and watch our digital selves perform our songs on stage in a custom-built arena in London next spring.

“Weird and wonderful! To all of you who have patiently followed us in one way or another over the past decades.

“Thank you for waiting, it’s time for a new journey to begin.”

For tickets, visit abbavoyage.com

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