Mamma Mia! ABBA confirm plans to reunite for “live experience” in 2018

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If you ask any ABBA fan, they will tell you the same thing; those happy days have seemed so hard to find since the original Dancing Queens disappeared from the limelight all those years ago.

We’d hoped that the Swedish pop group would make an appearance at Eurovision when it was held in their homeland earlier this year – especially as it tied in with their 50th anniversary – but, sadly, it was not meant to be.

However we finally have good news on the ABBA front; all four of the original quartet are set to reunite for a “new digital experience” in 2018.

Mamma Mia!

Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad haven’t performed in concert together since the band split in 1982.

But now the group have announced that they are working together with producer Simon Fuller on a “ground-breaking venture that will utilise the very latest in digital and virtual reality technology”.

They hope that this “will enable a new generation of fans to see, hear, and feel ABBA in a way previously unimagined”.

Speaking about the new project, Andersson told the BBC: “We're inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here.

“A time machine that captures the essence of who we were and are.”

The full details of the experience are shrouded in secrecy, and will not be announced until 2017.

However it has been confirmed that artificial intelligence will be “at the forefront” of the project.

Hmm - does that mean we can expect ABBA-bots in place of the real deal?


Lyngstad has hinted that, whatever happens, fans will not be disappointed.

“Our fans around the world are always asking us to reform.

“I hope this new ABBA creation will excite them as much as it excites me.”

She’s previously hinted at an ABBA reunion before, telling The Guardian in 2014 that, “as long as we can sing and play”, she would love to record new music.

“It’s difficult to talk about this because then all the news stories will be: ‘Abba is going to record another song!’” she said. “But as long as we can sing and play, then why not?

“I would love to, but it’s up to Björn and Benny.”

Whatever happens, we can only hope that this signals an appearance from the iconic quartet on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.