ABBA to reunite for 2018 live shows

26th Oct 16 | Entertainment News

Swedish pop band ABBA are working with Spice Girls and American Idol creator Simon Fuller for 2018 live shows. 

Legendary pop group ABBA are to reunite for 'groundbreaking' live shows in 2018. 

The legendary four-piece have announced they are working with music mogul Simon Fuller on what is being described as a "groundbreaking venture that will utilise the very latest in digital and virtual reality technology".

The band, made up of Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, will allow audiences to relive their glory days in a spectacular new virtual reality and live show.

Benny Andersson said: “We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here. A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are.”

Fuller added: "The creativity and ideas flowing from the members of Abba over the past few months have filled me with great excitement.

"We are exploring a new technological world, with virtual reality and artificial intelligence at the forefront, that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn't have previously imagined."

ABBA split in 1982 after 10 years together. In June, the band performed together for the first time in 30 years to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

After winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with the song Waterloo, the group enjoyed spectacular commercial success around the world with hits like Knowing Me, Knowing You, Money, Money, Money and Dancing Queen.

The band stopped touring and recording in December 1982 but returned in 1986 for a one-off performance on Swedish TV to honour their manager Stig Anderson.

Before briefly reuniting in January this year (16) to help Bjorn launch a restaurant in Stockholm, all four members of the band had not been seen in public together since 2008, when they hit the red carpet at the London and Stockholm premieres of the film version of the musical based on their songs, Mamma Mia!