23 05 2010

MY, my … can it really be 36 years since Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo?

Yes, it’s true and two of the stage outfits worn by the Swedish supergroup on that famous occasion in April 1974, are going on display in a new multimedia exhibition at Federation Square.

Abbaworld, opening on June 19, features Agnetha Faltskog’s midnight blue tunic and knitted cap alongside Frida Lyngstad’s folkloric shirt and skirt.  “To me, the Abba costumes are works of art,” Abbaworld project manager Judith Penrose said yesterday.

Mamma mia: ABBA fans can get their fill at the Federation Square show. Source:

Abba’s Eurovision success is a legendary pop story. In 1973, Agnetha and Frida joined band mates Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in presenting Ring, Ring as a Swedish entry for the competition.

A year later, the foursome were known as Abba – an acronym of their first names – and blitzed the competition at Brighton with Waterloo. This infectious song shot to No. 1 around the world and an album of the same name paved the way for Abba fever.

“For some, Waterloo was a defeat, but for Abba, it was the beginning of an empire,” the group’s costume designer Owe Sandstrom said.

Exclusive to Melbourne, Abbaworld takes visitors on an interactive journey through Abba history.



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