After having been closed since November last year, the ABBA Museum in Stockholm reopens on today. The planned ABBA Hologram Tour has also been postponed, but it has now been decided: ABBA goes live after the pandemics this year!
“After being closed for almost 200 days we are now getting ready to reopen and we are really looking forward to welcoming visitors again. We can´t wait to be able to exceed our visitors’ expectations and let them enjoy the music, the magic and the memories of ABBA, to have them once again. We will open in a responsible way and have adapted the museum, due to the pandemic. A visit to ABBA The Museum is safe and secure for both our visitors and our staff,» says Caroline Fagerlind, Museum Director ABBA The Museum.
Related: Related: Thank You For The Music, Abba
She continues: “I´m also glad to share the good news that we have prolonged our popular temporary exhibition MAMMA MIA! Behind The Movie Magic, an exhibition that takes the visitors behind the scenes of movie making, until December this year.»
Related: ABBA – The Museum
ABBA The Museum have a new ticketing system that gives visitors the possibility to cancel their tickets, by themselves, up to 24 hours before their visit, to encourage visitors to stay home if they have any symptoms. To ensure the maximum visitors allowed and keep an even flow in the exhibition the museum uses slot-times and only allow pre-booked tickets online.
Related: Scandinavian Pop Music To Enjoy
ABBA The Museum has installed new hand sanitizer stands that are placed in strategic locations around the museum, plexiglass protection between staff and visitors in the cashiers and visitors will be helped to think about distance and caution by the museum’s staff, markings on the floor and clear signage throughout the museum.
Walk In. Dance Out.
The ABBA 2021 Hologram Tour
ABBA fans can now look forward to the ABBA Hologram Tour releasing 5 new songs. In 2017, it was announced that the band would reunite in digital form in 2019. The group should perform as “Abbatars” for the first time since they split in 1982. As a reward to fans waiting for the reunion due to the COVID-related delays, the group will release 5 new tracks. It will be the first new ABBA music in 35 years!
In 1969, musicians Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson met singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Not only did the foursome pair off into couples (Fältskog and Ulvaeus wed in 1971, Lyngstad and Andersson in 1978), they also formed a musical group using the letters of their first names. In 1972, ABBA topped the charts in Sweden.
ABBA released their statement regarding their excitement in their journey, saying: “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio.”
By the mid-1970s, the band was one of the most popular musical groups in the world. Singles such as “Waterloo,” “Dancing Queen” and “Fernando” gained ABBA fans in the U.S., Europe, Australia and elsewhere.
In an interview with The Times, Ulvaeus discussed how Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad’s vocals were now in a lower pitch – “about one tone lower, perhaps” – but promised that the sound fans would hear on the tour would still be “very much Abba.” ABBA, however, will appear as their younger selves.
Bjorn Ulvaeus revealed how the process was done: “They photographed us from all possible angles, they made us grimace in front of cameras, they painted dots on our faces, they measured our heads. Apparently, a cranium doesn’t change with age the way the rest of your body falls apart.”
About the new songs, Ulvaeus says: “One of them is a pop tune, very danceable. The other is more timeless, more reflective, that is all I will say. It is Nordic sad, but happy at the same time.”
ABBA Goes Live After the Pandemics, compiled by Tor Kjolberg
All photos (if not otherwise noted) © ABBA The Museum.