So you’ve seen Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and either rekindled your love for ABBA or had your first taste of their timeless pop genius and are crying out “gimmie, gimmie, gimmie” more.
Whether you’re looking for an introduction to the band or seeking ways in which to further your love for them, here are five things you must do now you’ve seen Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
1: Hear the ABBA originals
Bit of a no-brainer, this one. While Meryl Streep puts in a good turn as the lead singer of Donna And The Dynamos, no one sings ABBA songs like the original Swedish four-piece, Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Frida. For the definitive versions of classic songs from the film, including, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘The Name Of The Game’, you have only one place to turn. The ABBA Best Of playlist is an essential part of your life.
2: Make a reservation at Mamma Mia! The Party
We all know that the Greek island of Kalokairi doesn’t actually exist, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live it up for a night in true Mamma Mia! style. The Mamma Mia! The Party restaurant opened in Sweden in 2016, offering fans an immersive Mamma Mia! experience that brings the movie to life on a nightly basis. Londoners are being promised their own version any time soon. Sign up to find out when the party will come to the UK’s capital.
3: Visit ABBA The Museum
No trip to ABBA’s homeland is complete without a visit to ABBA The Museum. Stuffed with original costumes and memorabilia, and offering fans the chance to “feel what it’s like to be onstage with ABBA”, ABBA The Museum opened in Stockholm, in 2013, and remains an essential pilgrimage site for long-term fans and newcomers alike.
4: Get excited for the hologram tour
Back in October 2016, ABBA announced that “artificial intelligence” versions of themselves would be set to tour the world. Using the latest cutting-edge technology, the “ABBATARS” have been described by Benny Andersson as “A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are.” Actual tour dates have yet to be announced, but given that it’s been over three decades since the real-life ABBA toured, whatever they have planned it will be worth the wait.
5: And get even more excited for new ABBA songs
In April 2018, ABBA confirmed that they have recorded their first new songs in 35 years, and a large portion of the world’s heads exploded. Described by Björn Ulvaeus as “a fantastic experience”, the recording sessions – photos of which were shared two months after the announcement – made the band feel like “we were back like yesterday”. Little is known about the new songs, asides from the title of one: ‘I Still Have Faith In You’; both were written for the hologram tour. As Björn revealed: “We are building heads that are copies of our heads from 1979 and we thought those heads have something new to sing.”
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