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Now in their 27th year of performing, the “world’s number-one Abba tribute band” are bringing their fabulous show back to the Coast
Mamma mia! Bjorn Again, the beloved Abba tribute band, are jiving their way back to the Goldie this week as they pay homage to one of history’s biggest pop acts at NightQuarter on Saturday.
Internationally acclaimed and having celebrated their 27th anniversary in May, Bjorn Again have played all over the world, garnering the attention of some major names including Dave Grohl, the Spice Girls and Rowan Atkinson, who’ve all sung the group’s praises.
Bjorn Again were even lucky enough to be invited to play at Russell Crowe’s 2003 wedding to Danielle Spencer, who’s another famous fan.
John Tyrrell has been the band’s manager since the very beginning.
“Bjorn Again have played over 7,000 shows in more than 100 countries. They have played at the Sydney Opera House four times and they sold out Wembley Arena entirely on their own,” Tyrrell says. “They played their first show in 1989, and from day one people loved it. People who were in their teens during the peak of Abba’s career were in their mid-20s by the time we started. Back then, there was no social media, so it was all about word of mouth.”
Arguably the highest praise came when original Abba member Bjorn Ulvaeus sent the guys a telegram in 1990 when they were on one of their first overseas trips – to Sweden.
“We were on a show over there,” Tyrrell remembers. “The host announced that they had a message from Bjorn. They read it out on national TV. It was a very surreal feeling. We thought they were going to hate us but they loved us.”
Indeed they did. The telegram in question read: “The best of luck. Anybody who looks like me ought to have a successful career.”
Bjorn Again, NightQuarter, Saturday
Bjorn Again have played sold-out shows everywhere from India to New Zealand.