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This is not a drill: ABBA is back and they're bringing you the virtual concert of a lifetime

This is not a drill: ABBA is back and they're bringing you the virtual concert of a lifetime

The Mamma and the Mia: Swedish Drift

Text: Redzhanna Jazmin

This week in new music: ABBA reunites for 'Voyage', their first new album in 40 years (and also they have a TikTok)

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard of ABBA. The Swedish pop legends are responsible for not one, but two Mamma Mia! movies, the longest-running West End musical, and plenty of catchy club-friendly bops to boot. In short, ABBA is a full-on cultural phenomenon. 

The band broke up back in 1982 following two messy divorces and a very public vow to never reunite—or so we thought. Fortunately for fans near and far, Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Björn, and Benny seem to have moved past the bad blood, having just announced their reunion and upcoming album, Voyage. If we have our numbers straight, this is the first time the band has played together in almost 40 years.

This is not a drill: ABBA is back and they're bringing you the virtual concert of a lifetime (фото 1)

This reunion packs a punch too—in addition to the upcoming album, ABBA has also announced that they will be coming to you virtually in concert from 27 May 2022. The digital performance will feature digitalized versions of the Swedish quartet, created via motion capture and performance technology by Industrial Light & Magic (also known as the company created and owned by Star-Wars creator George Lucas himself). It will be broadcasted from a purpose-built arena in London, and will feature a live 10-piece band.

Now, that date seems a long way away from where we're currently standing, but rest assured, the band has not left us high and dry. While you will have to wait until November 5th to indulge in Voyage, you do have two new singles, ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, to tide you over. Listen to them here:

PSST: If you're eager for even more new ABBA content, you can check out their TikTok—and yes, it's exactly what you think it's going to be.

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