ABBA Returns With 1st New Music In 40 Years

ABBA returns with their first new music in 40 years. The super-group also announced a revolutionary new concert that will see Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid performing digitally with a live 10-piece band, in a state-of-the-art arena built specifically for the event.

The digital versions of ABBA have been created following weeks and months of motion-capture and performance techniques with the four band members and an 850-strong team from Industrial Light & Magic, the company founded by George Lucas, in what is the company’s first foray into music.

Now, 40 years since their last studio album The Visitors, ABBA returns not only with two new songs, “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down,” but they have recorded and produced an entire new album.

The new collection, Voyage, will be released worldwide on November 5th on Capitol Records.

The last time the group appeared in public was in June 2016 at Stockholm’s Berns Salonger Sunday for a private gala.

Although the act split in 1982, ABBA’s music has enjoyed a huge boost thanks in great part to the mega-hit jukebox musical, Mamma Mia!

ABBA returns to the concert stage with the digital experience, ABBA Voyage, opening May 27, 2022 at the ABBA Arena, a state-of-the-art 3,000 capacity arena located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Pre-registration for tickets opens at 6pm tonight on with tickets on general sale from Tuesday, September 7.

Benny Anderson:
“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.” “It’s hard to say what’s been the most joyful thing for me with this project. If it’s the involvement in creating the concert together with everyone or being back in the studio together again after 40 years. I think hearing Frida and Agnetha singing again is hard to beat. When you come to the arena you will have the four of us together with an absolutely glorious 10-piece band. And even if not in the flesh, we will be right there, thanks to the work of the creative team and ILM.”

Anni-Frid Lyngstad:
“Those first sessions back in 2018 were such fun and when Benny called and asked if I’d consider singing some more I jumped at it! And what songs!! My respect and love go out to these exceptionally talented, truly genius songwriters! Such joy it was to work with the group again. I am so happy with what we have made, and I dearly hope our fans feel the same.”

ABBA returns with its first new music in 40 years plus a new digital concert event set to debut in May 2022
ABBA returns (photo: Baillie Walsh)

Agnetha Fältskog:
“When we got back together in the studio I had no idea what to expect…But Benny’s recording studio is such a friendly and safe environment, and before I knew it I was really enjoying myself! I can hardly believe that finally, the moment has come to share this with the world!”

Björn Kristian Ulvaeus:
“They’re such amazing singers those two, I was completely floored by the way they delivered those songs. They’re true musicians; totally unimpressed by pop star glamour but still having a great time being creative in a recording studio. The “Voyage” project has injected new life into us in more ways than one.”“So, again, thanks for waiting! We hope to see you in the “ABBA Arena” and yes -see -because we have infused a good deal of our souls into those avatars. It’s not an exaggeration to say that we’re back.”