Abba tribute group at stadium

Abba parody group characters (from left) Benny Anderwear, Frida Longstokin, Agnetha Falstart and Bjorn Volvo-us. Photo supplied.
Abba parody group characters (from left) Benny Anderwear, Frida Longstokin, Agnetha Falstart and Bjorn Volvo-us. Photo supplied.
Mamma Mia! Abba is coming to Dunedin!

The world's most popular Abba tribute group, Bjorn Again, will headline ''Ride the Rhythm'' at Forsyth Barr Stadium next year.

The Melbourne-based band celebrates its 25th anniversary next year - more than twice as long as the original group lasted - and was credited by Abba founder Björn Ulvaeus with launching the Abba revival in the 1990s.

Bjorn Again has performed more than 6000 shows in 80 countries, including concerts at Dunedin's Regent Theatre in 2007 and 2010.

The group is also in demand for private concerts by royalty and celebrities.

Its fans range from singers Tom Jones and Robert Plant, to groups U2 and Metallica.

''Bjorn Again has such universal appeal,'' EventPro director Kevin Hansen said yesterday.

''It is much more than a well-executed Abba show.

''It has a rockier edge and hilarious parody and theatrical components, which people of any age or music taste can enjoy. It is compelling live entertainment. Abba songs are infectious; people will want to be on their feet, dancing.

''It's really going to be one big party.''

A VIP area will be on the pitch in front of the Otago Daily Times Stand for the February 1 concert. All other tickets will be general admission.

''We want to give people the choice to sit or stand as close to the concert as is possible, but also be able to have a great view of the suspense and thrill of the equestrian entertainment,'' Mr Hansen said.

A crowd of 7000 attended the Hollies concert at the inaugural ''Ride the Rhythm'' in February this year.

The event will double as the final round of New Zealand's premier showjumping competition, the FEI World Cup Qualifier series, and include a pony grand prix and $70,000 puissance competition.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday.

• The Otago Daily Times will announce an exclusive subscriber ticket deal for readers on Monday.

nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

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