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Agnetha, Frida, Benny and Bjorn reunited for the opening night of the concert, which features digital versions of the band.
Abba have announced their first album in nearly 40 years and unveiled a ‘revolutionary’ digital concert show. Here’s all you need to know about the concert of a lifetime.
In news that was surely having many a fan prancing around like a Dancing Queen, ABBA are back with a brand spanking new album – and a hologram tour. The original four-piece are returning with their first album in nearly 40 years, ABBA Voyage, and have already released two new songs: I Still Have Faith in You and Don’t Shut Me Down.
If you still have a dream of seeing Agnetha, Benny, Björn, and Anni-Frid performing in their heyday, here’s all you need to know.
Lay all your love on this virtual hologram extravaganza
When is the ABBA Voyage tour?
Described as a concert 40 years in the making, the ABBA Voyage concert combines the old and new, the young and not-so-young.
ABBA’s tour will start on May 27, 2022 and run every week until Sunday, September 4, 2022.
The concert has been in the works since 2016 and features ground-breaking new technology that recreates the sight of Abba in their 1970s prime, playing hits like SOS, Voulez-Vous and Lay All Your Love On me. To create the spectacle, the band performed in motion capture suits for five weeks, with 160 cameras scanning their body movements and facial expressions.
Those became reference points for hundreds of animators and visual effects artists to create avatars of the band in their heyday. Affectionately known as “Abba-tars”, the characters are not 3D holograms – as everyone involved in the production is at pains to point out.
A concert that has brought all four members together again, the show will include ‘ABBAtars’, four holograms which recorded the actions of all four members as they performed songs that will show during the concert.
Created with George Lucas’ studio Industrial Light & Magic, which is used for the digital effects in Star Wars, animated versions of the band will be going around the world from 2022 to 2026.
The group began working on the digital concert before getting back in the studio together to create new material.
Where is the ABBA Voyage tour arena?
The ABBAtars will be performing in a special, purpose-built arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London.
The ABBA Voyage residency will see the ABBA avatars accompanied by a 10-piece live band, performing in a venue that can seat up to 3000 fans.
How much will ABBA Voyage tickets cost?
Ticket prices for ABBA Voyage tour will start at £21, but there are many options available to excited fans.
There will be the normal general admission tickets for those wishing to stand – or dance the night away.
On top of these are the auditorium seating in the ABBA Arena as it will be known as.
And then for the ultimate experience, there will be eight dance booths available.
You will be able to book individual seats within them – which each one coming with its own private dance floor.
Or you can book out entire booths for your party to celebrate the return of the Swedish quartet in style.
How to get ABBA tickets
All tickets are currently available to book online via Ticketmaster. Follow this link.
While the opening shows are largely booked up, there is good availability from September through to 4 December, when the run ends. Concerts take place twice a day, at 3pm and 7.45pm, every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
After December, the show will begin a world tour that lasting until 2026.
The ABBA Arena has a variety of options. Seated tickets are available from £21 per person, while dance floor tickets cost £53.95.
Abba Voyage also has a variety of convenient hotel and concert ticket packages to choose from, with hotels available both close to the venue and across London.
Where To Get Abba Voyage Merchandise?
Need a bit of an outfit refresh for Autumn/Winter 2021 and beyond? ABBA Voyage merchandise has officially dropped!
The full range is now available on the Abba Voyage Website
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