ABBA has announced it will be releasing a new album in November, followed by a concert residency at a purpose-built theatre in London.
Music lovers who score a ticket to the concert have been promised a unique experience – a chance to see the band exactly as it performed in the 1970s.
The septuagenarian superstars won’t be on the stage in person, instead, fans will see digital projections of the group as it looked at the height of its popularity.
The Swedish foursome – Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – have said they’d rather fans remember them as they were.
Formed in Stockholm in 1972, ABBA was phenomenally successful, scoring six Australian number ones before the group split in 1982. The band reunited in 2016 and announced a ‘digital entertainment experience’ – featuring avatars of the four members from their ’70s heyday – would launch as a world tour in 2019, but the project has since been delayed due to the pandemic.
Concert goers are in for a treat fashion-wise. The quartet rocked some fabulous outfits during that decade, both on and off stage. Here, we look back at the good, bad and the bonkers.
Over-the-knee boots have made a major comeback in recent years. Ms Fältskog looked so chic with trousers tucked into her heeled versions, and we love Mr Andersson’s shearling pair too.
Talk about making a style statement … Ms Fältskog and Ms Lyngstad wafted around on stage in a variety of glamorous capes, as seen (above) in 1977 and during their North American and European tour in 1979.
The tunic dresses
The ABBA ladies rocked these incredible super-short satin tunic dresses emblazoned with big cat motifs on the cover of the 1976 Mamma Mia single, teaming them with matching white go-go boots.
Complete with feather-embellished headdresses, these beautiful 1920’s inspired gowns are quite demure by ABBA standards.
1970s style is back in fashion at the moment and suddenly the band’s wide-collared jackets and flared trousers are looking very cool. Here they are posing with Princess Margaret (above) in 1978.
On the other hand, we’re not ready for a revival of the weird satin and velvet trousers that three of the band wore for their iconic Eurovision performance in 1974, which they won with the song ‘Waterloo’.
Nor are we in any hurry to don a skin-tight white catsuit, as seen on both the male and female members of the band throughout the ’70s.
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– With PA
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