- Publish Date
- Friday, 3 September 2021, 9:57AM
ABBA is officially back!
The beloved Swedish supergroup has released TWO new songs for the first time in almost four decades, along with a new album, website and a virtual concert.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting new music from the group since they revealed they had recorded new songs in 2018.
However, plans for the comeback were delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
But now the wait is over with the release of 'I Still Have Faith In You' and 'Don't Shut Me Down.'
"We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it," the pop quartet said in a statement today.
"They say it’' foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we've recorded a follow-up to The Visitors."
The forthcoming album Voyage is set to be released on November 5.
Thanks to George Lucas' special-effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, virtual versions of Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will also begin a series of holographic concerts with a live 10-piece band in a purpose-built arena in London, beginning on May 27, 2022.
ABBA call it "the strangest and most spectacular concert you could ever dream of."
"We're going to be able to sit back in an audience and watch our digital selves perform our songs," the group's statement said. "Weird and wonderful!"
"To all of you who patiently have followed us in some way or another these past decades: Thank you for waiting — it’s time for a new journey to begin.
"We simply call it Voyage and we’re truly sailing in uncharted waters. With the help of our younger selves, we travel into the future. It’s not easy to explain but then it hasn’t been done before."
Pre-registration for tickets is open now on abbavoyage.com, with tickets on general sale from September 7.
The group went their separate ways in 1982 at the height of their career.
They performed together for the first time in decades in 2016 at a private event, which marked the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between songwriters Björn and Benny.