Iconic musical sensation ABBA officially drove fans into a frenzy last week. After a 38-year hiatus, the band released their new album, Voyage En tÃªte with the singles “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down” via a series of spectacular world moments featuring Sydney, in keeping with their unprecedented. popularity and legendary status.
Striking avatars of Agnetha, BjÃ¶rn, Benny and Anni-Frid lit up the pylons of the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge, accompanied by dazzling lighting on the bridge arch.
Sydney joined eight other cities around the world – Tokyo, London, New York, Stockholm, Rio, Reykjavik, Berlin, Cape Town – to celebrate the highly anticipated album with a vision of the Sydney Harbor Bridge featured in a livestream on ABBA’s official YouTube channel.
Destination NSW CEO Steve Cox described the Sydney Harbor Bridge tribute as fitting recognition of ABBA as one of the most enduring bands in the world.
âSydney is proud to join eight other major cities around the world to celebrate this milestone for one of the world’s largest groups, ABBA. We know that the vibrant images of ABBA illuminated on the Sydney Harbor Bridge will bring hope and inspiration to all, inspiring our international friends to start planning their trip to Sydney for the reopening of international borders.
For more than four decades Sydney has held a special place in ABBA’s hearts since they visited in 1977 on their first and only tour of Australia.
âWe couldn’t be more thrilled to have Sydney be part of our global album launch. Sydney has always been a special city for us and we have wonderful memories of our time playing in Australia, said ABBA.
Adam Ireland, Managing Director of BRING, said; âWhen we heard about the impending release of ABBA Voyage and the unwrapped stories of the group’s history with Sydney, we knew there was no better fit than DNSW, and no better place than our wonderful port. Streaming data supported our vision, showing Sydney has the fourth-largest streaming volume for ABBA, surpassing global benchmarks. “
Important places included in ABBA’s 1977 visit to Sydney, on their first and only tour of Australia, included:
- Tour opens with a performance at the old Sydney Showground, Moore Park on March 3, 1977 to an audience of 20,000. The four members of the group remember this concert as the most memorable of their careers. Sydney Showground is now located at Sydney Olympic Park and hosts hundreds of world class events each year.
- A visit to Narrabeen on the beaches of northern Sydney at the home of then Nine Network owner Reg Grundy. While in Narrabeen, ABBA reportedly enjoyed the internationally renowned surf break, ocean pool swimming, bush walking, kayaking and SUP at Narrabeen Lagoon.
- Accommodation at the luxurious Hilton Sydney on George Street, now home to celebrity chef Luke Mangn’s GLASS restaurant, Zeta rooftop bar and the perfect downtown location to explore the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney Tower, Sydney Sea Life Aquarium, and Darling Harbor.
- Say hello to the koalas, kangaroos at Taronga Zoo overlooking Sydney Harbor.
- We enjoyed a cruise on the scenic Hawkesbury River, a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney. Visitors to Hawkesbury love to land on the river in a Sydney seaplane for lunch at Cottage Point Inn or Berowra Waters Inn, stroll the Windsor Heritage Walk, sample local produce on the Harvest Farm Gate Trail and go horseback riding. at the Hawkesbury Valley Equestrian Center.