Get your Money, Money, Money out for ABBA: Super Troupers.
Shall we just go ahead and rename 2019 the Year of ABBA? Shortly after the much-hyped, long-awaited ABBA-themed restaurant opened at the O2 Arena, we’ve been blessed with a travelling ABBA exhibition, setting up shop in the same place. ABBA: Super Troupers – which has been put together in association with Stockholm’s official ABBA Museum – offers a stunning exploration of history’s most successful Eurovision entrants, and your tickets can be found here.
If this all seems a bit familiar to you, that would be because a similar exhibition rocked up at the Southbank Centre in 2018. However, the O2 is Bigger and Better, whilst featuring tantalising tidbits that have never been seen in the UK before – and tickets are on sale now!
ABBA: Super Troupers features personal items from the quartet’s childhood, behind the scenes photographs, over forty Gold Discs (including their biggest selling single Dancing Queen), and iconic costumes. Set in a series of immersive rooms, you’re invited to explore every album, every look, and every event which defined ABBA’s career.
There’s even a replica of the famed ‘Star Guitar’ that ABBA used during their 1974 Eurovision victory, signed by the band. Moving into more theatrical fare, the exhibit will recreate said Eurovision as closely as possible, as you watch ABBA’s winning song Waterloo, and their subsequent voting triumph, from plush theatre seats. There’s also a recreation of a Swedish folk park which explores the band’s folk roots, and a grand finale called The Legacy, which invites you to “sing, dance, add to fan mail, explore memorabilia”, and watch an audio-visual tribute to ABBA’s career.
Phew. You’re going to be all ABBA-ed out by the end of this, particularly if you pair it with a visit to the neighbouring restaurant!
Also published on Medium.