It's forty years since Swedish pop sensation ABBA won Eurovision with the song ‘Waterloo’, a song that has certainly stood the test of time.
The band’s successful formula of harmonies, singalong songs and showy costumes has since given birth to a massive ‘tribute’ industry, with ‘lookalikes’ and ‘soundalikes’ taking the ABBA magic on tour after tour. It’s doubtful any of today’s Eurovision winners will ever have a song that continues to be sung around the world four decades later.
And on Friday, May 30, fans will have the chance to ‘thank them for the music’ at the ABBA show, ‘Dancing Queen: The Concert’, calling at Huddersfield Town Hall.
The show, which has been touring for 15 years worldwide, will feature many of the greatest hits - and there were so many - from ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Waterloo’ to ‘Name of the Game’, ‘Chiquitita’ and ‘Money, Money, Money’.
Unlike other ABBA shows, this one will also include other top 10 hits from the 1970s (‘Hold Back the Night’, ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Blame it on the Boogie’) and songs from the musical ‘Grease’.
For those still not in the know, ABBA the title was devised from the band members initials - A for Agnetha Faltskog, B for Bjorn Ulvaeus, B for Benny Andersson and A for Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
The band became an international sensation after Eurovision, everywhere except the UK. It wasn’t until their single ‘SOS’ that their success was assured over here - it was the first of nine number ones in the UK.
Tickets for the town hall concert are £18.50 from the box office, 01484 223200/222444.
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