After 40 years off stage, the Swedish supergroup ABBA reunited in 2022 to perform their classic hits in one unforgettable concert experience.

ABBA’s Voyage was no ordinary show; through the powers of modern technology, you’d see Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid looking and sounding just as they did when they first shot to stardom in 1974. 

Described as “jaw-dropping” by fans, ABBA Voyage combines live music with virtual reality to create a unique, immersive show.

Despite selling over 300 million records worldwide, ABBA has also had very public differences over the years, with two divorces splitting them up in 1982.

But in 2017, talks of a virtual concert began and by 2021 they officially reunited to record the Voyage album, featuring new songs Don’t Shut Me Down and Little Things.

The Voyage opening night was held at the ABBA arena in London in the spring of 2022. 

For those unaware of its revolutionary format, ABBA Voyage is a live concert performed entirely by CGI versions of the four members of ABBA.

The singers don’t appear in person but have instead recorded their voices and body movements to be transformed into 3D avatars (or ABBAtars).

Together, the reunited couples sing 22 of their greatest hits including Voulez-Vous, Lay All Your Love on Me and Thank You for the Music.

They also perform perfectly choreographed dances and play virtual instruments, all the while getting backed by a live 10-piece band.

The show runs every Thursday to Monday with concerts usually taking place at 3pm or 7:45pm. In the audience, you can party from a seat, or book a spot on the dancefloor in the middle where you’ll find the other dancing queens. You can also hire a private booth for you and your super troop.

The ABBA Voyage is currently running again until November 2024.

The Tech Behind The Voyage

The four avatars were created and designed by Industrial Light & Magic, a visual effects company responsible for the CGI in the Star Wars and Marvel films.

With motion capture technology, Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid appear life-like on stage to perform the full setlist, complete with singing, dancing and piano-playing.

All members of the band were involved in the creation of the concert, which makes it unsurprising that the avatars are younger versions of themselves.

But with the lighting, sound, and cutting-edge special effects, you’d never know that nearly 50 years had passed since they first stepped onto the stage at Eurovision.

The live recordings were recorded in 2021 by the present-day band members who performed the 22-song set over the course of five weeks while wearing motion-capture suits.

The choreography is also based on the Swedes’ real movements but was actually filmed by younger body doubles. Then, on the night, all of this is put together into one seamless projection and is backed by a real band.

Where Does the Voyage Take Place?

The ABBA Arena is a temporary building that was entirely purpose-built for this project. It sits in Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford (where the 2012 Olympics took place) – and with a big light-up ABBA sign on the front, it’s pretty hard to miss.

The nearest station is Pudding Mill Lane, which is available on the DLR, but you can also go to Stratford station (on the Jubilee, Central, Elizabeth, DLR and Overground lines) and Stratford International (which has National Rail services).

How Much Are Tickets?

There are four types of tickets you can book: auditorium seating, accessible seating, dance floor and dance booths. Within that, prices range depending on the date you want to book and where you choose to sit.

Here are the base prices for each ticket:

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