ABBA superfans flock to avatar present in London

Glammed up in satin knickerbockers, sequins and platform boots, ABBA followers streamed right into a live performance corridor in east London Friday for the opening night time of “ABBA Voyage”, the Swedish supergroup’s digital avatar present. Many had crossed continents and had purchased tickets for a number of nights. “I’ve been a fan since 1975,” mentioned one lady, Roxanne Dixon, who wore sparkly “A” and “B” earrings, a gold-trimmed white satin tunic and gold boots. “I got here from Australia only for this.” “We got here all the way in which from America and it was value it,” mentioned Caleb Graham, 33, from Florida, he and his associate sporting matching black ABBA T-shirts.

The live performance present at a purpose-built 3,000-seat theatre options digital avatars, or “ABBAtars” performing hits from the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties in addition to songs launched final yr, when the septuagenarian former bandmates introduced that they had reunited to report a brand new album. After an invitation-only premiere Thursday-attended by Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia-Friday was the primary likelihood for extraordinary followers to expertise the hi-tech present. Ages diverse from kids to individuals sufficiently old to recollect ABBA first time spherical. “I simply suppose it’s unimaginable how, you already know, ABBA attracts individuals of all totally different walks of life collectively, all totally different ages,” mentioned Jordan Charlesworth, 27, a public well being company workers member sporting a sequinned one-piece. “It’s near the soundtrack of your life, isn’t it, while you get to 56,” mentioned Sarah Armstrong in swirly turquoise trousers, who had come along with her sister and daughter.

The formidable present is a vastly costly venture, with The Instances reporting that ABBA have to recoup £140 million ($177 million, 165 million euros) to cowl prices. Band member Bjorn Ulvaeus, 77, instructed AFP forward of the premiere: “I do know that this is without doubt one of the most daring initiatives that anybody has accomplished within the music business, ever.”



Live performance-goers see a 90-minute present, with a dozen stay musicians on stage backing up the avatars. It’s set to run seven days every week till early October. The avatars are the product of a years-long venture, designed in partnership with a particular results firm based by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. Critics praised them after earlier reveals “resurrecting” useless performers have been slammed as unrealistic and creepy. This time, there was “nothing ghoulish”, wrote The Instances.

The Guardian mentioned the digital results had been a “triumph” and “the impact is genuinely jaw-dropping”. Followers mentioned they felt that they had watched a stay present. “It was superb, so immersive, I actually felt like they had been there,” mentioned Daybreak Waugh, 63, who was attending along with her 26-year-old daughter. “It was essentially the most great feeling of being again in time,” mentioned one other fan, Stan Papoulias, 56, initially from Greece. “I’ve been an ABBA fan for 45 years and I by no means thought I’d see them within the flesh-or one thing like that.”—AFP




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