singing group ABBA reunites in more than 30 years

The four members of Swedish pop group ABBA performed together on stage on Sunday night for the first time in more than 30 years — a reunion they had pledged would never happen and which fans had long ceased to expect.

The event took place at a private party held at Stockholm’s Berns Hotel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day when the group’s songwriting duo Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson met for the first time.

Towards the end of the evening, the group’s two female members Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad took to the stage to perform the 1980 hit Me and I.

To the delight of the small audience of friends and Swedish celebrities, Mr Ulvaeus and Mr Andersson then unexpectedly joined them on stage towards the end of the performance, reuniting the group in song for the first time since they split at the peak of their fame in 1982.



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A film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Julie Walters was released in July 2008, also garnering rave reviews and huge commercial success.

Now the group are hoping for their live restaurant experience, called Mamma Mia! The Party, will replicate the reception.

ABBA formed in Sweden in 1972 and topped the charts worldwide from 1975 to 1982.

They won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at the Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest, and were the most successful group ever to take part in the competition.

The Mamma Mia! restaurant experience will be at the Nikos Taverna at Tyrol, with the experience designed to emulate an evening in a Greek taverna on the island of Skopelos, where the film was made.

Guests can expect a three-course Mediterranean buffet – accompanied by entertainment from several acts singing and dancing to ABBA songs. The experience promises ‘daredevil stunts, Greek Gods, flirty waiters, and perhaps a Zorba and an Ouzo or two.’

Tickets start from around £109 per person for an evening at the venue.

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