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Abba exhibition in London: Southbank Centre show sends fans back to the 1970s

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 03/07/2017 Jessie Thompson
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ABBA fans, prepare to finally face your Waterloo - or just get the tube there, as a major immersive exhibition about the band will be opening just down the road.

The Southbank Centre will host ABBA: Super Troupers, which will recreate the band’s rise to fame and continued legacy as one of the world’s most-loved pop groups.

It will be set against the shifting social and political context of the time, when ABBA’s cheerful tunes lifted spirits during the financial crisis and wave of strikes in 1970s Britain.

Opening in December this year, it will include previously unseen archive material, original costumes, personal photographs, instruments and album artwork.

It will feature objects from Sweden’s ABBA The Museum and private archives, spanning from 1974 to 1982. A hotel room, music studio and a disco will act as theatrical backdrops to the displays to help set the scene.

ABBA member Frida Lyngstad said that they were “thrilled” about the exhibition, “which is just a few steps away from Waterloo - this connection brings to mind very happy memories of the song that started our great success in Britain.”

Fellow member Bjorn Ulvaeus said it would be “particularly interesting” to reexamine the songs “in the temporal context in which they were created.”

ABBA: Super Troupers opens on December 14 and will run until April 29, 2018, at the Southbank Centre; southbankcentre.co.uk

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