Abba fans face their Waterloo at Southbank

Tickets go on sale on Thursday (July 6) for a major Southbank Centre exhibition about Seventies superstars Abba.

Abba: Super Troupers (December 14-April 19) aims to bring to life the world of the Swedish pop sensation, in an exhibition that charts their music, lyrics and influence on music.

It is produced by the London venue with Entertainment Exhibitions International AB and the Abba The Museum in Stockholm.

Visitors will see previously unseen archive material including original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments.

Objects from Abba The Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK for the first time, chronicling the band’s rise to international stardom, as they topped the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982.

Abba’s Frida Lyngstad said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the new exhibition Abba: Super Troupers in London, especially since Abba have always been very appreciative of the love and support shown to us by our fans in the UK.

“We are so excited that the exhibition is taking place at the Southbank Centre, which is just a few short steps away from Waterloo – this connection brings to mind very happy memories of the song that started our great success in Britain.”

Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre’s artistic director, added: “Abba’s music, image and personal stories have the remarkable ability to transcend time, place and generations, and still continue to reach millions of people worldwide.

“We’re very pleased to take this opportunity to shed new light on these cultural icons, and explore why they remain so enduring in their appeal across the globe.”

Abba: Super Troupers is part of Southbank Centre’s Wintertime festival and the final month of Nordic Matters, a year-long programme of Nordic arts and culture at Southbank Centre throughout 2017.

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