ABBA: Super Troupers

Things to do, Exhibitions
ABBA: Super Troupers
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Enter the world of the iconic Swedish foursome in this immersive exhibition charting ABBA's music, lyrics, creative process and influence. Part of the Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters season, the exhibition brings together objects from private archives and ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, including previously unseen archive material, original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments, album artwork, photography and film. All the the spangly Scandi pop is set against the backdrop of 1970s Britain, examining how ABBA infiltrated the popular consciousness during a financial crisis, a wave of strikes and a three day working week. Mamma Mia!

Tickets go on sale on July 6 here – don’t let them go slipping through your fingers.


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Everyone likes ABBA. They’re one of those groups that you don’t think you’re in to but then you hear one of their songs and you know ALL of the words. This exhibition is actually really well done. It’s ‘immersive’ apparently which just means instead of just shoving ABBA memorabilia into display cases they’ve been a tad more creative and done each room of the exhibition up as a site tha5 relates to ABBA. So one room is the forest in Sweden where they used to play in their early gigging years, another room is a classic 70s household which is representative of the era when they launched and another room is supposed to be the backstage of thei4 big live gig in Australia. Each of these immersive rooms also then has costumes from the band, memorabilia from their hey day or photos from their lives. Each room also has a tv somewhere which will play you a clip from an ABBA tune or interviews from people that knew them.

The best room is the studio which is supposed to be a replica of the studio they recorded in. You vanremoxsn ABBA tune in here which is pretty cool.

The downside to this experience is you are guided around it by a tour guide and can’t immerse yourself independently and actually there isn’t a lot of memorabilia, costumes and what not on display. It is really well done though. If you’re a fan it’s a must!