It’s fair to say that there have been more ABBA tribute acts in the last half-a-century than many of us will have had hot dinners. Thousands of entertainers across the globe have sought to replicate the raw talent and energy that Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid achieved on stage. As the very embodiment of Scandipop, it’s great to see that ABBA tribute acts continue to keep the love of ABBA’s back catalogue alive and well.
If you’ve missed hearing all the ABBA hits live, this article is a complete guide to the top ABBA tribute acts that are likely to perform across the UK and mainland Europe later this year and in 2022.
My My – ABBA in Concert
Operating under the umbrella of Veritas Entertainment, the My My! Tribute band is one of the best at recreating ABBA’s unique sound and the unrivalled sense of joy and fun. Whether it’s their iconic costumes, a hint of participation with the crowd or just soaking up the greatest hits of one of the world’s most successful groups, this act is guaranteed to get people on their feet.
My My – ABBA in Concert can be found most regularly in the UK. In recent years, they’ve received glowing reviews from North West End, who praised the “party atmosphere” and “standing ovation” from the crowd which lasted “virtually throughout the whole show”.
This particular act is already getting booked up for 2022, with April 2022 looking like a great opportunity for interested readers to catch this show live. They are booked to perform a headline show at Cheltenham Racecourse on 9 April 2022. Although the racecourse’s Centaur venue plays host to many live shows throughout the year. However, the centrepiece is, unsurprisingly, its race meetings, particularly the Cheltenham Festival held annually every March. It’s one of the most celebrated events in the UK horse racing calendar, alongside Royal Ascot and the Grand National. The latter of which is rapidly advancing in 2021, bringing with it a host of enhanced offers and promotions available for punters that fancy a flutter on the world’s most iconic steeplechase.
ARRIVAL is one of the most celebrated ABBA tribute acts by the UK ABBA Fan Club. They were voted by the fans as the ‘Best ABBA Show’ and the ‘Most Authentic ABBA Show’ in 2019. You can tell this group have been performing together since 1995, with a genuine sense of cohesion on-stage. They are a tight-knight group, which has enabled them to evolve into one of the most respected and in-demand ABBA tribute acts worldwide. It’s their blend of replica harmonies and iconic costuming which makes crowds feel like they’ve stepped into a time machine back to the 1970s and 80s.
They have toured in more than 31 countries, selling out theatres, concert halls and even arenas, bringing fun and nostalgia to audiences of all ages. BBC London even described them as the “best ABBA tribute act in the world”, while Vice Magazine went as far as labelling ARRIVAL the “finest tribute act in the UK”.
They are due to perform later this year in the UK, with a booking at the The Place in Telford on May 22, followed by a seaside show at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre on September 4. Tickets are available from £24.
The ABBA Tribute Act
The professional ABBA Tribute Act are another in-demand group that have been performing ABBA’s greatest hits for many years now. They’ve expertly honed their on-stage skills in terms of vocals, choreography and harmonies, combined with a light-hearted dose of humour. The group have even learnt how to speak Swedish to the audience, creating that unique sense of authenticity.
The ABBA Tribute Act has a staging to rival most professional groups, not only the premier tribute acts. With state-of-the-art backdrops, stage lighting, banners and state-of-the-art lighting rigs, a gig with this group will rapidly transport you to the glitz and glamour of the 70s and 80s.
You can get a feel for their performances by watching their promotion video on this page. It demonstrates the group’s stunning vocals, authentic costumes and audience participation. If you get a chance to catch them at a music festival in the months ahead, don’t miss out.
Established in 2002, Planet ABBA have established themselves as one of the UK’s finest ABBA tribute groups. As their popularity has risen, so too has their stage show, with their very own PA system and mixing desk bringing professional quality audio, as well as plenty of authentic visuals thanks to their iconic costume choices.
The group has worked with some of the biggest names from the 70s and 80s, including Chesney Hawkes, Slade, Mudd, Alvin Stardust and Shawaddywaddy. They’ve also collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Planet ABBA has also been specifically enlisted to perform at many prestigious events. They performed for Cartier in an event in Madrid, along with many fiestas elsewhere in Spain and the iconic Highland Games north of the border in Scotland.
This Scottish ABBA tribute group consider themselves to be the UK’s original ABBA tribute act. Since their formation, they have evolved to become one of the premier ABBA tribute performers across Europe. Their memorable live performances have not gone unnoticed across the globe, with ABBA Mania booked to play in all four corners of the world.
In fact, ABBA Mania performed in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. They had a three-month residency at the Riviera Casino in “Sin City”. They have also previously embarked on 22-date tours of Australia and a trio of European tours too.
Their official website suggests that the group originated in London’s West End around the eve of the millennium. Aside from their Las Vegas residency, they have also had an 18-week stint at the West End’s Strand Theatre, wowing ABBA fans and putting a fresh twist on the ABBA phenomenon.
Of course, there are dozens, if not hundreds, more ABBA tribute acts we could list here. However, this classy quintet of acts has a proven ability to dazzle and keep the Scandipop scene alive and kicking.