ABBA are finally making their comeback and plan to release their first new music in 39 years next Friday. The Abba Voyage website was launched on Thursday morning, featuring a cryptic image of four glowing planets, accompanied by the date 2 September. It is expected to be a long-gestating “hologram tour” that Abba initially announced in 2016. Ulvaeus said the idea had been presented to the band by Spice Girls manager. “He came to Stockholm and he presented this idea to us that we could make identical digital copies of ourselves of a certain age and that those copies could then go on tour and they could sing our songs, you know, and lip sync. I’ve seen this project half-way through and it’s already mind-boggling.” The hologram spectacle will beam ABBA’s younger selves to audiences across the world, bringing their classic hits to new generations. The show will involve “Abba-tars” of the stars performing hits like Waterloo, Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia.
The holograms will be beamed onstage in a purpose-built east London theatre, where fans will also be able to see a documentary-style film on the band’s comeback.The band are also expected to release five new songs to accompany the show. After winning the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo in 1974, the band sold almost 400 million singles and albums around the world. Their final recording sessions, in 1982, produced the hits Under Attack and The Day Before You Came, which featured on the compilation album The Singles.