Eurovision Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of ABBA’s Win

Swedish pop group Abba promote their single 'Waterloo' in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1974. (L-R) Björn Ulvaeus (Bjorn Ulvaeus), Agnetha Fältskog (Agnetha Faltskog), Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson.
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It was 1974 and the group ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden, effectively launching ABBA’s long career and giving the world incredible music that will live on forever. It brought the world their first big hit “Waterloo” and led to popular songs “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).” Now, Eurovision will celebrate the 50th anniversary of ABBA’s win with some special programming and an exciting live event. Ahead of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in May, a new feature-length documentary called ABBA – Against The Odds will be broadcast in over 15 countries.

The documentary will feature exclusive interviews, rare footage, and insight into the band’s win and career following the contest. At first, the documentary will only be available in Europe but will hopefully soon be available to watch in the United States.

In addition, BBC Four will rebroadcast the 1974 Contest and ABBA’s win for the very first time on April 7, 2024. BBC also plans to air the documentary When ABBA Came To Britain, following the group’s first time in the UK and showcasing their amazing legacy.

ABBA: The Movie Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, 1977

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Last but certainly not least, the Brighton Dome, the venue where the historic win happened, will be opened on April 6, 2024, to let fans party like it’s 1974. The live event will not be broadcast but for some lucky fans, they will be able to witness some epic performances of ABBA’s catalog by the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus. There will also be performances by past Eurovision winners Måns Zelmerlöw (Sweden 2015), Katrina (United Kingdom 1997), Linda Martin (Ireland 1992), and Emmelie de Forest (Denmark 2013).

Can you believe ABBA has been around that long? Let us know if you remember watching ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest and listening to them for the very first time! Comment below your favorite ABBA song! Is it one of their big hits or a lesser-known song?

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