ABBA will be breaking their 39-year hiatus as they are reportedly set to release brand new music next week.
And now new details of their ‘groundbreaking’ comeback tour have emerged, with the sequence of shows, titled ‘Abba Voyage’, reportedly set to take place in a purpose-built 3,000-capacity arena in London.
Holograms, new music and live performers mean the state-of-the-art project has already “cost eight figures,” and the Swedish group — comprising Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad — can expect to “make millions.”
Groundbreaking: New details of ABBA’s ‘groundbreaking’ comeback tour have emerged, with the sequence of shows set to take place in a purpose-built 3,000-capacity arena in London
The sun reported on Thursday: ‘The state-of-the-art concert – which runs through 2025 – will see Abba act as holograms of themselves in their heyday.
“It will be located in a purpose-built 3000 capacity venue in the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, where it will open next spring and an entire album of new music will be prepared.”
It added: “The 6,710-square-foot theater will host eight shows per week and will enable a 360-degree immersive experience, giving fans the chance to get an up-close look at the superstars’ recreations, which will be joined together on stage of real artists.’
A bar, food stalls and shop are also said to have been included on site, with The Sun having seen planning documents showing the building’s design allows it to be broken down for transport, with “preliminary plans” aimed at a later date. move to Las Vegas or Stockholm.
No expense spared: Holograms, new music and live performers mean the state-of-the-art project has already “cost eight figures” (pictured in 1974)
MailOnline has contacted ABBA’s representatives for comment.
The newspaper further reported that the iconic pop group will announce full details of the tour next Thursday and that all four members will reunite for the tour’s launch.
The Sun adds that ABBA has been ‘closely involved’ in the lead up to the announcement, with the group secretly flying to the UK in September to record new content at Ealing Studios.
Body doubles in their 20s also filmed scenes, the paper noted.
Comeback: The group consists of Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (pictured together in 2016)
The once-in-a-lifetime production is reportedly the brains behind Benny’s son Ludwig, who in 2018 Mamma Mia! produced.
Plans for the comeback have been in place since 2019, but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It comes after reports surfaced on Tuesday that the group would hold a press conference in Stockholm, sparking a wave of speculation that a huge announcement could be at stake.
The Swedish quartet announced in 2018 that they were planning to record new tracks for the first time in 35 years, and last year it was confirmed that they have more songs than originally planned.
Premise: The Abba Voyage follows the group’s comeback and the creation of a purpose-built theater in East London for their hologram show
Despite the news, ABBA has had to postpone releases including I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down, as well as their ABBAtar hologram tour.
Band member Bjorn told journalist Geoff Lloyd as such.
On an episode of his podcast Reasons to Be Merry, the radio host explained, “I was able to spend an hour with ABBA’s Bjorn Ulveaus via Zoom. They have recorded five new songs.
“They should have been out by the end of last year. They’re going to take these holograms on tour.
Important announcement: The Swedish quartet announced in 2018 that they planned to record new tracks
“Due to technical problems and the pandemic, it has been delayed. But he promised me that the new ABBA music will come out in 2021.”
In a statement announcing the new songs, ABBA said at the time: “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.
“All four of us had the feeling that after about 35 years it might be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio.”
Bjorn later explained that the plans had been delayed until at least 2020 due to the complex technical nature of the show they are creating.
The Waterloo group went their separate ways in 1982 at the height of their careers, and during their final years, Bjorn divorced bandmate Agnetha while Benny and Frida also broke up.
In 2016, they performed together for the first time in decades at a private event to mark the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between songwriters Bjorn and Benny.
Pushed back: The group originally announced a holographic tour featuring some of the band’s biggest hits, but it was postponed due to the Covid pandemic