bba have announced their first album of new material in 39 years and a concert show featuring digital versions of themselves.
Speaking during a livestreamed press conference from the top of the Orbit sculpture at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, band members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson said both projects would be called Abba Voyage.
Two new tracks, I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down, were also played publicly for the first time during the event.
The Swedish band – Ulvaeus, Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – first revealed the existence of new music in 2018 and have been teasing an announcement in recent weeks.
The band said the gig which would use holograms as stand-ins for the performers would be “revolutionary”.
Speaking to fans during the Abba press conference, host Zoe Ball said: “We are here for one reason and one reason only. Abba are back together officially.”
Band member Bjorn Ulvaeus explained the meaning behind new song I Still Have Faith In You, saying: “It is about realising it is inconceivable to be where we are. No imagination can dream up that.
“To release an album after 40 years and still be the best of friends and enjoying each other’s company and still have total loyalty. Who has experienced that? Nobody.”