Show revives 70s hits
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.