On Tour in
Australia
June 2021

Modern ABBA Tribute –
ABBARAMA

Modern ABBA Tribute Tour Dates

Jun16
Civic Theatre
Newcastle
Jun17
The Art House
Wyong
Jun18
Palms at Crown
Melbourne
Jun19
Palms at Crown
Melbourne
Jun20
Rosemount Hotel
Perth
Jun24
The Gov
Adelaide
Jun25
Enmore Theatre
Sydney
Jun26
Southport RSL
Gold Coast
Jun27
The Triffid
Brisbane

Modern ABBA Tribute –
ABBARAMA

ABBARAMA Info

ABBA Tribute, Sweden’s super-stylish pop sensation ABBARAMA bring the Modern Tribute Experience to Australia!

Get ready to sing-along to all your favourite ABBA songs – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Take A Chance on Me, Super Trouper, Waterloo, The Winner Takes it All and so many more!

The 7-piece live band ABBARAMA celebrate the music of ABBA adding an electronic dance vibe to ABBA’s classic pop songs!

Delivered with contagious energy this unique Pop Art experience is an exciting contemporary take on the fashion and style of ABBA.

“We all grew up listening to ABBA, and started ABBARAMA because we love the music and wanted to bring you the best show in the world!”

The incredible legacy ABBA gave the world is alive on stage.
Welcome to the Future of 1973. It’s “Abbarific!”

Don’t Miss Out On This ABBATribute Tour. Buy Your Tickets Online Today.

ABBA History

Everyone knows the basic story of ABBA. The band’s name is an acronym of the first letters of the band members’ first names –  Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA were one of the most commercially popular acts in the history of pop music. With chart topping hits the world over from 1974 till 1982. Estimates of ABBA’s total record sales worldwide are in excess of 380 million copies! ABBA were the first band from a non-English speaking country to achieve major success in the charts of English speaking countries. They had eight consecutive number one albums in the UK alone!

During the band’s active years, two of the couples were married. Agnetha Fältskog with Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad with Benny Andersson,. As the band’s popularity soared, their personal lives deteriorated which eventually resulted in both couples divorcing. The story of ABBA is one of commercial and creative success but interpersonal drama, which is perhaps a key ingredient in why audiences to this day are so invested in the band’s history.

The origins of ABBA originate in the Hep Stars. Benny Andersson was a member of the Hep Stars, who were known in Sweden as “the Swedish Beatles”. Benny Andersson began writing songs in the 60’s, many of which became Swedish hits, “No Response” reached number three in 1965 and songs “Sunny Girl”, “Wedding” and “Consolation” all topped the charts in 1966.

Björn Ulvaeus fronted the band the Hootenanny Singers. The Hootenanny Singers and the Hep Stars occasionally toured together. In 1966 Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson collaborated on a song, “Isn’t It Easy to Say”, which would be recorded by the Hep Stars. In 1969, the song writing duo would have a hit with “Ljuva sextital” (“Sweet Sixties”), recorded by Brita Borg and in the same year with the Hep Stars’ own hit “Speleman” (“Fiddler”).

ABBA Tribute ABBARAMA Australian Tour 2020 - Group Piano

Following these hits, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson recorded an album together in 1970 entitled Lycka (“Happiness”). The album featured both their partners, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad on backing vocals with Agnetha Fältskog co-writing one of the songs.

Agnetha Fältskog was already somewhat of a solo sensation in Sweden. In 1968, At the age of 18, she had a number one record with a self-composed and performed song,  “Jag var så kär” (“I Was So in Love”). She would have several hit solo albums and even star as Mary Magdalene in the Swedish production of Jesus Chris Superstar prior to ABBA.

Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad was also well known in Sweden before ABBA. When Benny Andersson began producing her albums in 1971, she achieved her first number one hit with “Min even stad” (“My Own Town”) – written by Benny Andersson and featuring all four ABBA members on backing vocals.

With all the future ABBA members being established stars and collaborators in their home country, they had their first hit as a group with the song “Hej game man”, credited to Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson. The song was popular in Sweden. As the foursome began to collaborate more, they recorded the song “People Need Love”, which was released as a single credited to Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The single charted mildly in the United States and convinced manager Stig Anderson there was potential for worldwide fame and success.

In 1973, Ring Ring was released. Widely considered the first ABBA album, it was actually credited to Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The title track was a hit and the album charted well through Europe and South Africa but Stig Anderson was convinced true success could only come from a breakthrough hit in either the UK or the US.

Although the group had internally begun to refer to itself as ABBA, a palindrome of the band members’ names, it was also initially a joke as Abba is also the name of a Swedish fish canning company, but since the fish-canning company were unknown outside Sweden, Stig Anderson felt the palindrome acronym name would be more marketable to international markets. According to Agnetha Fältskog, the canning factory agreed to let the band use the name, “as long as you don’t make us feel ashamed for what you’re doing”.

ABBA Tribute ABBARAMA Australian Tour 2020 - Ladies Sunglass

ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with the song “Waterloo”, the first Swedish act to do so and they remain the most commercially successful group to have competed in the competition. In 2005, their song “Waterloo” was chosen as the best song in the history of Eurovision.

The success of “Waterloo” via Eurovision enabled the band to tour Europe and appear on several key television shows, and as a result “Waterloo” began to chart through Europe, eventually hitting number one on the UK and West German charts. In the United States, the song peaked at number six. This enabled the band to visit the United States on a promotional trip where they performed on The Mike Douglas Show. Their first appearance on American television. Finally Stig Anderson had his global breakthrough hit.

1974 saw the band release the album, Waterloo. Although it was really their second album as a group, in America, Waterloo was considered ABBA’s debut. While the title track single was a top 10 hit, The album also included “Honey Honey” which reached 27 on the charts in the US and 30 in Australia. Despite the success of the lead single, the album peaked at 145 on the Billboard 200 in the USA but was unanimously praised by critics, with Creem magazine describing it as “a perfect blend of exceptional, lovable compositions.”

Following the success of “Waterloo” as a single, the band began to experience some turmoil, as the press and audiences began to speculate the band was simply a Eurovision one hit wonder. “So Long” was released as a single in the UK but failed to chart. A 1974 European tour was considered a flop with many shows cancelled due to lack of sales. Björn Ulvaeus later remarked about the slope in success following “Waterloo” as being due to the band pursuing a more glam rock sound and image, “… we were trying to be more like The Sweet, a semi-glam rock group, which was stupid because we were always a pop group.”

In 1975, ABBA released their self-titled record. This is where the band really began to take off as global mega stars. The album contained smash hits “Mamma Mia” and “SOS”. Prior to their third album, ABBA were still seen as a novelty act. While a modest hit in the UK, the single, ”I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” topped the charts in Australia for three weeks. However, after a promotional clip for the song “Mamma Mia” screened on the Australian television program Countdown, the song became even more popular. So much so, ABBA’s Australian record company, RCA, requested they release the song as a single. “Mamma Mia” was actually the last song recorded for the album and considered somewhat of an afterthought by the band. The song was initially offered to British pop group, Brotherhood of Man to record, but they rejected it. Initially the request to release “Mamma Mia” as a single was turned down, but this was over turned by the band’s manager Stig Anderson. The song spent 10 weeks at number one in Australia, which set off a global chain reaction where labels and media began to take ABBA more seriously. The song would eventually be released as a single in the UK where it became one of ABBA’s 18 consecutive top 10 UK hits.

The success of “Mamma Mia” in Australia also gave way to “SOS”, which had already become a hit in the UK. Not only a chart topper, “SOS would inspire artists as diverse as Pete Townshend from The Who, who has described the song as “one of the best pop songs ever written” and allegedly Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock claimed he wrote the main riff to the Pistols’ “Pretty Vacant” after hearing “SOS” on a Jukebox! ABBA performed the song on episode five of the first season of Saturday Night Live. This helped catapult the song to number 15 on the Billboard Hot charts and pick up a BMI Award for being one of the most played songs on American radio in 1975. To date it remains the only chart topping hit where both the artist name and title of the song are both palindromes.

In the middle of 1975 ABBA performed at the Gröna Lund Amusement park in Stockholm to over 19 000 people. A far cry from the tour a year earlier. Capitalising on their now solidified popularity, the band issued a Greatest Hits compilation, simply titled Greatest Hits featuring the new single “Fernando”. This compilation was the first ABBA album to break the Top 50 on the US album charts, eventually reaching platinum status. In Australia “Fernando” occupied the top spot in the singles charts for a then record breaking 14 weeks, a record that it held for over 4 decades until Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” in 2017. “Fernando” was also ABBA’s first number one single in the USA.

The iconic ABBA logo with the backwards B was designed by Rune Söderqvist, who would also design many of ABBA’s album covers. Although now synonymous with the band, the logo did not appear on any album until a French compilation record, Golden Double Album, released in 1976!

ABBA’s fourth album, Arrival, also issued in 1976 marked the first use of their legendary logo on a full length studio release. Arrival was a critical and commercial breakthrough. The album contains three monster singles, the ever topical “Money Money Money”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and perhaps the band’s most well known classic song, “Dancing Queen”. Although released as a single earlier, “Fernando” was included on the initial Australian and New Zealand pressings. Arrival was the best-selling record of 1977 in the UK. The song “That’s Me” was released as a single in Japan alone where it reached number 75 on the charts, elsewhere the song was used as the b-side to “Dancing Queen”.

 

“Dancing Queen” was originally called “Boogaloo” in demo form and took three months to complete. When looking back on the recording process, Fältskog remarked, ”It’s often difficult to know what will be a hit. The exception was ‘Dancing Queen.’ We all knew it was going to be massive.” The song topped charts in more than a dozen countries. In Sweden it spent 14 weeks at number one. It remains ABBA’s only number one hit in the United States. In 1993 in honour of the Swedish Queen Silvia’s 50th Birthday, Anni-Frid Lyngstad performed “Dancing Queen” a cappella onstage accompanied by The Real Group. This was a homage, as ABBA had performed the song at the pre-wedding gala for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia in 1976.

In 1977 ABBA took on their first world tour. The tour included two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tickets to these shows were available only by mail application, the box office received 3.5 million requests for tickets, which would have filled the venue 580 times. The band also performed an 11 date Australian tour before 160 000 people. The band cite the opening concert at the Sydney Showground as the most memorable of their entire career. At the first show in Melbourne, an estimated 16000 people congregated outside the Sidney Myer Music Bowl to listen to the concert from outside the building. The tour was documented in the film ABBA: The Movie, directed by Lasse Hallström.

The release of ABBA: The Movie was coincided with the release of ABBA: The Album. The album contained hits such as “The Name of the Game” and “Take a Chance on Me”. Although “Take a Chance on Me” did not top “Dancing Queen” in the charts it proved to be ABBA’s biggest US hit, selling more copies overall. The album also included “Thank You for the Music” – which was not released as a single until 1983, but has proven to be one of the group’s most enduring and beloved tracks.

ABBA Tribute ABBARAMA Australian Tour 2020 - Female Singer Closeups

In January of 1979, Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus revealed to the public they were getting divorced. This sparked intrigue from the press as to ABBA’s future and status as a band, and while the band would continue, cracks behind the scenes were beginning to fracture the group. The band would release their sixth record, Voulez-Vous the same year. The album contained the smash hit title track along with “Chiquitita”, “Does Your Mother Know”, “Angeleyes” and “I Have a Dream”, which were all top 5 hits in the UK.

1980 saw the band tour Japan where they performed six shows at the legendary Tokyo Budokan and were mobbed by thousands of fans at Narita Airport. They released the single “The Winner Takes It All”, which became the band’s 8th UK chart topper. By the end of the year ABBA would release their penultimate studio album, Super Trouper. Super Trouper showcased more personal and introspective lyrics along with the use of synthesisers. It set a record for pre-orders in the UK, with over a million orders prior to release. The title track and electro-disco, “Lay All Your Love on Me” were both hits. “Lay All your Love On Me” was not originally intended to be a single and was not issued or promoted as such until 1981, when a mixed version by Raul A. Rodriguez, had become popular in US nightclubs.

In 1981, ABBA would release their final studio album to date, The Visitors. Regarded as a more complex and mature album than ABBA’s previous records. With both couples within the band now split apart romantically, songs like “When All Is Said and Done” and the album’s lone hit single, “One of Us” both explored the end of romance. Although the album topped charts upon release, it was less commercially successful than prior albums. In a retrospective review, Pitchfork media remarked “even as the band’s commercial star faded and its professional relationships quietly unraveled, they were perfectionists. ABBA’s music on The Visitors is more pristine and ambitious than it had ever been, its themes darker, its personal politics more tangled.”

Following 1981, the members of ABBA would all return to solo careers or other personal projects, although never officially disbanding, it was considered dissolved after their final public performance together in 1982.

The 1990s would see renewed interest in the music of ABBA fueled by the release of ABBA Gold. Released in 1992, a decade after their dissolution, this compilation of their greatest hits became a best seller in its own right. In 1994, two Australian films both achieved global success with ABBA focused soundtracks, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Muriel’s Wedding.

In 1999 the music of ABBA was adapted into a musical, the globally successful Mamma Mia! In 2005, Mamma Mia! Surpassed The Sound of Music, The King and I and Damn Yankees with over 1500 performances around the world. It is currently the 9th longest running Broadway musical.

In 2008 a film adaptation of the musical starring Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep, opened at number 1 in the UK where it remained for two weeks. For a time, it was the highest grossing live-action musical film. In 2018, a sequel was released – a long with the announcement that ABBA would record new songs after 35 years of being inactive. The songs remain unreleased.

ABBA Tribute ABBARAMA Australian Tour 2020 - Ladies Singing

While the world waits with bated breath for the release of new ABBA music, many have taken the mantle to celebrate the songs of ABBA with an assortment of tribute and cover bands. But no one pays homage to one of pop’s most iconic acts quite like ABBARAMA!

The 7-piece live band ABBARAMA celebrate the music of ABBA adding an electronic dance vibe to ABBA’s classic pop songs!

Delivered with contagious energy this unique Pop Art experience is an exciting contemporary take on the fashion and style of ABBA.

“We all grew up listening to ABBA, and started ABBARAMA because we love the music and wanted to bring you the best show in the world!”

 

Don’t Miss This ABBATribute Tour. Buy Your Tickets Online Today.

 

Fan & Live Reviews

“It was like watching the real ABBA! We all sang along ABBA hits”
“Loved it! Enjoyed the show. Love the songs. Great sing alongs”
“The vocals were authentic, the sound was amazing and the band members were very personable and connected well with the crowd!”
“Wonderful show with great energy”
“Loved it. Great fun loving crowd too. If you get chance to see them you should”