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Relive ABBA's most famous moments in this immersive exhibition in London

London is home to an immersive ABBA exhibition this winter with a little help from Stockholm’s famous museum dedicated to the band. It’s all part of a special series celebrating everything Nordic in the Southbank Centre.

Swedish pop group Abba, wearing kimonos, 1976
For many, ABBA defined 1970s music. Photo by RB/Redferns/Getty Images

ABBA: Super Troupers recreates the rise to fame and legacy of the Swedish pop group through an intimate, guided exhibition, which includes an audio narrative voiced by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker. In each room there is theatrical backdrops of the band’s most important turning points and will be filled with original costumes, handwritten notes and instruments, some of which are on loan from the Stockholm ABBA museum.

Visitors should feel like they are part of the band’s history during their tour. In one room, you’ll stand in the hotel suite where they celebrated the 1974 Eurovision win that would change their careers forever. You can also explore their recording studio and experience a disco from the decade, pumping ABBA tunes of course.

The exhibition plans to have a unique take on the band by setting their music against a backdrop of 1970s Britain, where the band were astronomically popular. Their bright, upbeat pop music was in seemingly stark contrast to the financial crisis and strikes of the era, a concept the band find intriguing.

ABBA’s songs will be placed in the context of the 1970s. Image by Victor Frankowski

Björn Ulvaeus opened the exhibition in London and said “since our songs were written in the ‘70s it’s particularly interesting that the Southbank Centre exhibition is placing them in the temporal context in which they were created.”

ABBA: Super Troupers runs from 14 December to 29 April 2018 and tickets are on sale now. The exhibition is part of the Southbank Centre’s  year-long exploration of Nordic culture and art. Upcoming exhibitions include Adventures in Moominland and installation inspired by Finnish folklore and the centre will also be hosting the Iceland Dance Company and Cirkus Cirkör.

This article was originally published 4 July 2017 and was updated on 14 December 2017.