Show re­vives 70s hits

Pilbara News - - Television - Louise Alling­ham

ABBA trib­ute band BABBA will trans­port au­di­ences back to the 70s at this year’s Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val.

BABBA have been per­form­ing for more than 20 years, play­ing hits like Wa­ter­loo, Danc­ing Queen and Mamma Mia.

Michael Ing­var­son, who plays Benny An­der­s­son, said the band also played lesser-known songs and med­leys from the Mamma Mia mu­si­cal.

“It’s a high-en­ergy rock-and-roll show with great mu­sos and great singers and cos­tumes — four cos­tume changes — (and) some bad jokes,” he said.

“It’s just all-round good fun and we have a great time and usually the au­di­ences do too.”

James MacDon­ald, who plays Bjorn Ul­vaeus, said even peo­ple who weren’t big ABBA fans could en­joy the show.

“I quite of­ten have peo­ple come along that play dif­fer­ent mu­sic and haven’t re­ally thought much of ABBA – they’ve come along and said the mu­sic’s re­ally good,” he said.

“So the re­sponse is over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive from any­one that lis­tens to the mu­sic.

“You’ll get the guys who are brought along by their wives that are sort of think­ing ‘I’m not sure about this’.

“And then by half­way through the sec­ond set they are on the dance floor up the front hav­ing a great time with the girls and muck­ing around with them and gen­er­ally boo­gieing away.”

MacDon­ald at­tributes BABBA’s longevity to the pos­i­tive re­sponses they con­tinue to re­ceive from au­di­ences.

“Once you’re up and play­ing the mu­sic and the peo­ple start re­spond­ing to it that’s the most re­ward­ing part of do­ing it and I think the rea­son that it’s been go­ing for so long,” he said.

Tickets are $65 each and in­clude din­ner. For more in­for­ma­tion visit reaf.com.au.

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