Australian ABBA fans are buzzing with excitement as rumours swirl that the legendary Swedish pop group is set to grace Australian soil as part of their highly anticipated ABBA Voyage Tour.
The ABBA Voyage Tour, which accompanied the release of their first studio album in 40 years Voyage, has been making waves globally for its holographic avatars of the band members, capturing the essence of their youthful days and recreating the magic that made them international sensations.
While ABBA’s management are yet to confirm or deny the rumours, executives from ABBA Voyage have reportedly been scouting locations in Melbourne, as reported by The Age.
The band’s representatives have also reportedly met with the state government, Visit Victoria and entertainment company TEG Dainty.
Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos refused to comment on whether the show may be coming to Melbourne but told 7NEWS.s Australia’s major events capital, we’re always looking at new opportunities and events for our calendar.”
TEG also had little to say on whether it had had meetings with ABBA Voyage executives.
“We won’t be commenting this time round because all details are commercial in confidence,” a spokesperson said.
Longtime ABBA aficionados have expressed their eagerness to witness the quartet’s unparalleled stage presence and timeless hits live. Social media platforms are ablaze with speculation, as fans share their hopes and dreams of securing tickets to what could be the concert event of the decade.
How good would that be?
— Joanne Hawkins (@msjoannehawkins) December 18, 2023
I can just imagine Benny saying across the arena, “Hello Melbourne ! It’s been a long time ….” Exciting news indeed. 🤩
— 💡The Electric Shadow 🔦 (@CinemaVox) December 18, 2023
Yes please asap.
— Bearish_X (@bris_bear1) December 18, 2023
AND I’M THERE 🤸🏼♂️🤸🏼♂️ 👏👏👏
— Annie W 🍷🌺 (🧵anniew1303) (@AnnieW1303) December 18, 2023
The groundbreaking tour features de-aged digital avatars of the four-piece and took place for the first time in front of a live audience in a purpose-built ABBA Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on May 27th, 2022.
The digital avatars of the band members were created after months of motion-capture and performance techniques by an 850-strong team from Industrial Light & Magic.
The inaugural performance saw the digital versions of the band perform crowd favourites such as Mamma Mia! and Dancing Queen. The ABBA-tars performed a truly jaw-dropping show with many attendees claiming it was near impossible to tell you weren’t actually watching the real, human version of the band.
Considered one of the greatest musical groups of all time, ABBA became one of the most successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1983. They have achieved 48 hit singles. In 2015, their song Dancing Queen was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.