ABBA Voyage: Pop icons return for new album and “revolutionary” shows

ABBA have at long last announced their return, confirming details of a new album and “revolutionary” concert experience ‘ABBA: VOYAGE’ – as well as releasing two brand new songs.

Back in 2017, it was announced that the band would reunite in digital form in 2019, performing as “Abbatars” for the first time since they split in 1983. When the reunion tour was then delayed, the Swedish pop icons announced back in 2018 that they would be sharing two new tracks: ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, which was then expanded to five new tracks as a reward to fans waiting for the reunion tour due to COVID-related delays.

Now, along with the release of ‘I Still Have The Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, today (Thursday September 2) sees the band announce that all four members reunited to put together ‘ABBA: Voyage’ – a full new album and their first new music in over 40 years which will be released on November 5 on Universal Music. Check out the video for ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ below and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’.

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The tracks for ‘VOYAGE’ were written when assembling new music to go with their “revolutionary” new concert experience of the same name – which will see a “digital” version of ABBA perform alongside a 10-piece live band at a the purpose-built ABBA Arena at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from May 27, 2022.

Pre-sale registration for tickets begins at at 6pm tonight, before ABBA VOYAGE tickets go on general sale from 9am on Tuesday September 7.

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Rather than following the trend of hologram shows, ABBA Voyage has been described a “revolution” digital version of the band made in collaboration with George Lucas’ special effects company, Industrial Light & Magic – using motion capture technology and created by an 850-strong team.

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The live show was also made in collaboration with Svana Gisla (who produced Jay-Z and Beyonce‘s On the Run Tour), choreographer Wayne McGregor, Johan Renck (who directed David Bowie‘s videos for ‘Blackstar’ and ‘Lazarus’, Baillie Walsh (who has directed for Massive Attack and Bruce Springsteen) and many more.

Despite rumours, the mogul manager Simon Fuller has not been involved in the project.

Only ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson were in London today for the announcement. See photos of them arriving at the press conference below…

ABBA arrive in London for the announcement of new album and concert experience 'ABBA: VOYAGE'. Credit: Alan-Schaller
ABBA arrive in London for the announcement of new album and concert experience ‘ABBA: VOYAGE’. Credit: Alan-Schaller
ABBA arrive in London for the announcement of new album and concert experience 'ABBA: VOYAGE'. Credit: Alan-Schaller
ABBA arrive in London for the announcement of new album and concert experience ‘ABBA: VOYAGE’. Credit: Alan-Schaller

The also comes as ABBA have recently joined TikTok, along with their greatest hits album ‘ABBA: GOLD’ become the first album to spend 1,000 weeks in the UK charts.

This is a developing story, check back at NME for more updates and information… 

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