ABBA reunite for first time in eight years

Four members make first public appearance since 2008

Swedish pop group ABBA have reunited for the first time in eight years, making a rare public appearance together in Stockholm.

The four members – Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – reunited in the Swedish city on Wednesday (January 20) at the opening of a new restaurant called ‘Mamma Mia! The Party’. See fan-shot footage below.

“We are here to party,” Ulvaeus told journalists, according to The Guardian. Andersson, meanwhile, said it was unlikely that the four would perform together live again.

It was the first time the four members have been seen together in public since the launch of Mamma Mia! the film in 2008.

ABBA formed in 1972, and rose to global fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest two years later with ‘Waterloo’. They soon had numerous hits to their name, and have since sold 380 million records around the world. The group split in 1982.

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Fans have long hoped for a reunion, but speaking last year, Björn Ulvaeus once again said that the band will never reform. “We took a break in ’82, and it was meant to be a break,” he said. “It’s still a break and will remain so. You’ll never see us onstage again.

“We don’t need the money, for one thing,” he continued. “Usually the reason bands have reunions is that one of them is destitute and the others want to help. Fortunately that has not happened to us.”