Abba parody group characters (from left) Benny Anderwear,
Frida Longstokin, Agnetha Falstart and Bjorn Volvo-us.
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
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
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
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday.
• The Otago Daily Times will announce an exclusive
subscriber ticket deal for readers on Monday.