Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Bryan Adams - The Bare Bones Tour



Bryan Adams - The Bare Bones Tour
17 Sep 2011 - SOLD OUT!
18 Sep 2011 - NOW ANNOUNCED! On sale 29 Jun, 11:00am!

The Frontier Touring Company is thrilled to announce that due to an overwhelming demand second shows have been added in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane for Bryan Adams’ September 2011 Australian tour.

‘The Bare Bones Tour’ is shaping up to be an iconic event that fans will not want to miss.

This is a chance to see Bryan Adams in an intimate environment as he performs stripped back renditions of hits such as ‘Cuts Like A Knife’, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Summer of ‘69’.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a truly accomplished and classic artist at a series of shows that are sure to go down in history.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Bryan is no stranger to the world’s finest arenas and stadiums. His first ever tour of Australia back in 1984 saw him launch his touring career here at sold out stadium shows in support of The Police. From there his star shot into the stratosphere, selling out arenas with ease for every subsequent tour of our shores.

Fast forward to 2011, where Australia will be treated to their most intimate ever shows with Bryan as he takes to theatres across the country for his critically acclaimed ‘Bare Bones’ tour.

Of the shows, Bryan told The Weekender (USA);

“I’m getting back to the basics of the songs, just me and my voice. That’s how they all started…”
The solo performances, which have taken place intermittently throughout his world tours since 2008, have had audiences in awe with their popularity inspiring his latest album Bare Bones. The disc, recorded in 2010 during his Bare Bones Tour, captures sparsely arranged hits by Adams featuring only his distinctive voice and guitar, accompanied by keyboardist Gary Breit.

Bare Bones features stripped back renditions of his hits including ‘Cuts Like A Knife’, ‘Heaven’, ‘Summer of ‘69’ and many more, lending a newfound appreciation and perspective to what many consider some of the most beloved songs in pop/rock music (out now through Universal).

Fans generally accustomed to seeing Bryan Adams in much larger venues will relish the opportunity to see him in theatres for a series of very special performances.

‘…Adams had the audience on its feet. His rapport with the crowd was easy, relaxed. It felt as if he was jamming for guests in his home.’ Dallas Morning News
‘Whether it was the stunning acoustics of the Weidner or the remarkable strength of Adams’ vocals – or perhaps a perfect storm of both – it was two hours of the most amazing sound and unspoiled vocals in recent memory.’Greenbay Press Gazette
‘[The format] allowed Adams to not only flaunt his cheeky personality, but to showcase the music in its purest form and recount the stories behind his impressive career catalog of songs that have made him one of the most successful solo artists of the past three decades.’BostonMusicSpotlight.com
‘People frothed hard, even critics…To hear them describe it, it was more like a cozy singalong in the back of a bar than a concert with a merch table out front.’NBCNewYork.com
The multi-award winning musician and respected philanthropist is undoubtedly one of the world’s best selling artists, having sold in surplus of 65 million albums across the globe and reaching the top of the charts in over 40 countries.

His outstanding live shows and robust catalogue of hits ensure that any live Bryan Adams concert is a treat and these theatre shows are sure to be an extra special experience. An artist of Bryan’s esteemed calibre is rarely showcased in this intimate format; this is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed.

Venue: Concert Hall
Dates: 17 - 18 September
Duration: 2 hours with no interval
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Meat Loaf ‘Guilty Pleasure’ tour



As the tour announcement boasts “Some people think big. Some people think huge. Then there’s Meat Loaf.”

The Loaf will tour Australia in October playing for arena and A Day On The Green shows on his ‘Guilty Pleasure’ tour. He’ll also follow in the footsteps of Lionel Richie, INXS and Angry Anderson by performing at the AFL Grand Final on Saturday 1st October at the MCG.

October will also see the release of Meat Loaf’s new record Hell In A Handbasket a follow up to last year’s Hang Cool Teddy Bear. Although no doubt his new records will continue to be outsold by his 1977 classic Bat Out of Hell, which is 23 x Platinum in Australia, has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide and continues to sell more than 200,000 copies a year.

Meat Loaf ‘Guilty Pleasure’ tour:
Tuesday 4th October – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
Thursday 6th October – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Saturday 8th October – A Day On The Green – Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley

Wednesday 12th October – Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney

Friday 14th October – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 15th October – A Day On The Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley
Wednesday 19th October – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide

Saturday 22nd October – nib Stadium, Perth
Tickets on sale Monday 4th July

Monday, 27 June 2011

CHRIS SEBASTIAN F.LO.W “Gonna take you on a journey …”


“I’m so excited, what tonight may bring …”

It’s a song that says it all. The music and lyric is a celebration of music and having fun. One listen and you’ll be hooked.

Welcome to Chris Sebastian’s debut single, F.L.O.W.

You won’t hear a catchier song in 2011.

“I can feel the music is calling, this is the moment …”

Chris was 13 when he realised that music was what he wanted to do with his life. Mucking around with the Cool Edit program, he recorded himself singing along to a Babyface track. “It was kind of karaoke,” he recalls, “but when I heard my voice, I thought, ‘This is it, music is what I’m going to do.’”

Soon after, Chris started writing songs. He does everything by ear. He’s never had a singing lesson or been taught to play the piano or guitar. “If you love something enough, you’re just going to do it,” he explains.

Chris’s first gig was singing the national anthem at an AFL match in front of 45,000 people in his hometown of Adelaide.

After his brother Guy won the first Australian Idol, the producers approached Chris, wanting him to be on the show. But he decided to follow his own path, forging his own way in the music world. “A lot of people think it’s been easy with my last name,” Chris says, “but it hasn’t been. I need to prove myself as an artist. And, of course, I have a lot to live up to, though our music is very different.”

“I’ll take you to a place you’ve never been …”

Inspired by artists such as Brian McKnight, Ne-Yo and Michael Jackson, Chris ignored the naysayers who told him that Australian R&B would never work. He’s stayed true to his family’s advice: “Do what you love.”

Chris wrote F.L.O.W – the first single from his upcoming debut album – with producer Jhay C and Alex Shukin. Was recording the song as much fun as it sounds? “Absolutely,” Chris smiles. “We got on a roll and did it all in one night, finishing at 4.30am.”

Chris hooked up with Jhay C when the producer was recommended to him by Brooke Addamo (Owl Eyes). The combination clicked. “I just knew we had great chemistry,” Chris says.

“I honestly believe Chris is at the forefront of what urban is Down Under,” Jhay C adds. “We’re determined to push boundaries and bring the Australian urban scene to a new level.”

Gonna take you on a journey …

It promises to be quite a trip. Resistance is useless. Go with the F.L.O.W!

“It’s all about letting go.”




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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Miley Cyrus rocks out at Sydney Acer Arena

Eva Rinaldi Photography

Teen sensation Miley opens her concert wearing thigh-high boots tight leather shorts, killer heels and a black Silver studded bustier.

Cyrus rocks out with a group of talented back up dancers singing Liberty Walk, the 18-year-old embraces her post Hannah Montana life with a strut that won't be sanctioned by Disney.

The Gypsy Heart tour marks Cyrus’ first visit to Australia. “The Gypsy Heart tour is a dream come true. Not only because of all the beautiful cities I will get to visit, but all of the beautiful people I will get to meet.

Gypsy Heart is not just a tour for me, but a mission to spread love,” stated Cyrus. The live show will feature music from Cyrus’ latest solo album “Can’t Be Tamed,” and much more.

Since being introduced to local audiences as Hannah Montana in 2006, Miley Cyrus has released a staggering ten albums and sold in excess of 500,000 singles in Australia.

Last year, Miley Cyrus released the ARIA Top 5, Gold accredited album Can’t Be Tamed, which generated a Gold selling single of the same name. To date, Miley has achieved 3 x Platinum and 3 x Gold records in Australia, as well as 2 x Double Platinum singles (The Climb, Party in the USA), one Platinum single (See You Again), and 4 Gold singles including 7 Things and When I Look At You.

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BELIEVE THE RUMOURS – STEVIE NICKS CONFIRMED TO TOUR AUSTRALIA IN 2011




MEDIA RELEASE    Sunday 26th June

McManus Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return to Australia of the legendary Stevie Nicks, who will be touring throughout Australia in November and December this year. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 6th July.

Stevie's “In Your Dreams” tour will hit Australia in November. She will play shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Wollongong and Canberra. Joining Stevie for these special shows will be celebrated musician and songwriter Dave Stewart from Eurythmics, who co-produced Stevie's new solo album, In Your Dreams.  Fans of both Fleetwood Mac and Eurythmics will be thrilled to know that Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart will be performing their greatest hits from their respective bands as well as highlights from their solo careers.

“I’m so excited to bring Stevie back to Australia and give her the opportunity to play to her many fans across the country,” said promoter Andrew McManus. “Stevie has one of the most unique and recognisable voices in the history of popular music and is also one of the greatest songwriters of all time. And I think there will be a whole new generation of fans due to the recent episode of ‘Glee’ based on the legendary Fleetwood Mac album, Rumours.”

Apart from Stevie’s incredible work with Fleetwood Mac, she has also had an extensive solo career, collectively having more than 40 Top 50 hits and selling more than 140 million albums worldwide. Just a few of her many solo hits include Edge of Seventeen, Leather and Lace, Stand Back, Bella Donna, Rooms On Fire and Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around. Stevie will also be playing songs from Fleetwood Mac’s extensive back catalogue. Some of their most loved songs include Rhiannon, Gypsy, Sara, Landslide, Dreams and Seven Wonders. 

Stevie recently celebrated her 63rd birthday at a once-in-a-lifetime special event in Los Angeles. Here Stevie also celebrated the release of her first solo album in more than a decade, In Your Dreams, which was the week's highest-charting new album when it was released in Australia. The first single from the album, Secret Love, was originally written for the Rumours album.

The critics have raved about In Your Dreams, which is Stevie's seventh solo album. "The gypsy queen is in royal form on In Your Dreams," said Rolling Stone. "It's not just her first album in 10 years, it's her finest collection of songs since the ‘80s."

Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 Grammy Award winning Album of the Year, Rumours, stands as one of the greatest albums ever made. It has sold more than one million copies in Australia. The songs have stood the test of time and Rumours recently had a revival when it was introduced to a whole new generation of fans, thanks to a recent episode of Glee dedicated to this classic album. Following the episode, Rumours returned to the Australian charts at number two.

Joining Stevie on her Australian tour is Grammy and BRIT Award winning musician, songwriter and producer, Dave Stewart. Dave is best known for his work with Eurythmics and recently co-produced and co-wrote many of the songs on Stevie’s latest album, In Your Dreams. The album closes with the Stevie and Dave duet, Cheaper Than Free. And Stevie sings a track with Dave on his new solo album, The Blackbird Diaries (to be released on 26th August). His music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales. Some of Dave’s biggest hits include I Only Want To Be With You (The Tourists) and Eurythmics hits Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Missionary Man, Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves, Would I Lie To You? and Thorn In My Side.

Proudly presented by MAX, Woman’s Day, Classic Hits, Mix 102.3, KOFM, Wave FM, Mix 106.5 and Mix 94.5
Tickets go on sale from 9am on Wednesday 6th July via the below outlets

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TOUR DATES: STEVIE NICKS AND DAVE STEWART
Saturday 19th November                    Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl               www.theartscentre.com.au 1300 182 183 or                                                                                                                                                                 www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100
Sunday 20th November                      Melbourne Mornington Racecourse                                www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100
Wednesday 23rd November              Adelaide Entertainment Centre                        www.ticketek.com.au          132 849
Saturday 26th November                    Perth NIB Stadium                                              www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100
Tuesday 29th November                    Sydney Entertainment Centre                          www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100
Wednesday 30th November              Newcastle Entertainment Centre                     www.ticketek.com.au          132 849
Saturday 3rd December                      Brisbane Riverstage                                           www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100
Monday 5th December                        Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre         www.ticketek.com.au          132 849
Wednesday 7th December                                 Canberra AIS Arena                                           www.ticketek.com.au          132 849

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Thursday, 23 June 2011

TV & RADIO PERSONALITIES LEAD THE WAY TO A DRY JULY


CHEFS, COMEDIANS, TV & RADIO PERSONALITIES LEAD THE WAY TO A DRY JULY The star studded launch of Dry July 2011 will be held on Thursday June 23.  Our courageous celebrity ambassadors are out to prove that you don’t need to have a few frothies to be funny, that a fabulous meal doesn’t need to be accompanied by a glass of red, and that it’s better to do breakfast radio without a hangover.
In attendance will be:

Adam Spencer – Radio Presenter, 702 ABC Sydney Blake Worrall Thompson – TV Presenter Craig Foster – SBS Sports Presenter Danny Clayton – Channel [V] Ed Halmagyi – Celebrity Chef Jane Gazzo – Channel [V] Jeremy Lindsay Taylor - Underbelly 'Razor'
Melissa Bergland – Winners & Losers
Nikki Phillips – TV Presenter
Pete Timbs – Entertainment Reporter
Roy Billing – Actor
Sarah Cumming – Channel 7
Ally Pinnock - Balls of Steel

Tomorrow will also mark the announcement of JERSEY BOYS joining the cast of Dry July as ambassadors and will be at the launch!

It’s not all about the celebrity ambassadors…there is also a serious side to Dry July and that is why thousands of Australians are abstaining from alcohol to raise much needed funds for adults living with cancer.  Also speaking at the event will be Royal Melbourne Hospital Music Therapist Emma O’Brien and cancer survivor Tim Sim. They will convey first hand how music can, and has, helped cancer patients get through their treatment ordeal. Representatives from several other Dry July beneficiary hospitals from around the country will also be present.

DATE:                       Thursday June 23
VENUE:                      Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
                            Foundation Hall, Ground Floor
TIME:                       2pm for 2.20pm presentations

Patron, Ambassadors, Dry July Founders Brett Macdonald and Phil Grove and Beneficiary partners will also be available on request. DRY JULY, the healthy, fun way to lose weight, have better sex, save money and give your body a break from alcohol whilst raising vital funds to help hospitals across Australia improve the lives of adults living with cancer.

HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL SYDNEY

 

 

HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL

HAIRSPRAY is a rare treat: a musical with a message. It says something that's important but says it with joy, energy and humour. We are all special and we are all different. HAIRSPRAY celebrates the differences, it will lift your spirits and fill your heart... So, welcome to the 60s and the musical with a heart as big as a beehive!

This all-Australian production of the multi-award winning Broadway musical is conceived and directed by show business legend David Atkins OAM and uses breathtaking, cutting-edge technology to transport audiences to a visually astonishing world where anything seems possible. With electric choreography by Jason Coleman, HAIRSPRAY the Musical is the theatrical experience of 2011 that will have you up on your feet dancing and stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

Don't miss HAIRSPRAY, winner of 30 major awards including: Tony Award for Best Musical (2003), Tony Award for Best Original Score (2003), Olivier Award for Best New Musical (2008) and a Grammy Award for Best Show Album (2002).

"Astonishing Stunning Brilliant" Herald Sun

"An exhilarating big-hearted triumph!" Sunday Age
NOTE: Performances of Hairspray The Musical contain strobe lighting, stage smoke & fog effects and LED screens.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

XDR (Australia) Cultural Promotion presents THE LAST EMPEROR Choreographed by Ivan Cavallari


Pirouetting into Sydney
July 2 & 3

An exquisite display of an incredible tale
based on the true story of China’s Last Emperor

Liaoning Ballet’s exquisite balletic retelling of The Last Emperor, based on the astonishing life of China’s Last Emperor Puyi and choreographed by Ivan Cavallari, arrives in Sydney on Saturday, 2 July at the State Theatre, Sydney.

Skillful and graceful movement uncovers a colourful historical tale

The Last Emperor chronicles the incredible tale of China’s last emperor Puyi. Born behind the gates of the Forbidden City into the imperial dynasty, Puyi started his life with a royal upbringing. At the age of 3 he was bestowed Emperor of China. The Emperor was ousted during the tumultuous period of the early Chinese Republic which resulted in his exile and he was then returned to China as puppet emperor Manchukuo under the Japanese.


Puyi was married to The Empress Wan Rong and then remarried later in life to civilian, Li Shuxian. After being granted an official pardon, Puyi lived the remainder of his life in China as an ordinary civilian under Mao Zedong until his death in 1967. Puyi led an astonishing life and his story was adapted into a hugely successful biopic in 1987, starring John Lone as Puyi and with Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole.

“A ballet across the Chinese and Western Culture… The ballet is based on Neville John Jrons book and inspired by the Bertolucci movie. During the initial working process I have been listening to a lot of Chinese music and had long discussions with Mr Jongky Goei, who made this collaboration possible. It was clear that the dramaturgy of the ballet had to be based on the human aspect of the emperor and the important people in his life… the story tells us about his particular friendship with the Johnstons, the frustration of his two wives and the love he had for his first concubine. The emperor was a person who had to wear a mask his whole life and could never be himself, not even at the end. In a way I wanted to free him through dancing” said Choreographer, Ivan Cavallari.

Established in 1980, Liaoning Ballet aims is at the forefront of adopting renowned modern ballets with Chinese character. Liaoning Ballet has made an outstanding contribution to ballet in China performing Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, La Fille mal gardée, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Giselle, Raymonda and Neapolitan. In2005, Liaoning Ballet toured Europe and was part of China-France Culture Year held in France and the local art festival in Vittoria, Spain.

The Last Emperor, choreographed by Ivan Cavallari is a European-orientated modern ballet. The ballet won first-prize at the Third National Dance Drama Tour Performance and six individual awards as well as a Bronze Award at the Fourth China Dance Lotus Prize.

Italian born Choreographer, Ivan Cavallari trained at Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow under scholarship. His repertoire also includes leading roles in choreographies by Balanchine, Ashton, Fokine, Béjart, Tetley, Kylián, Forsythe, van Manen, Scholz and Neumeier. He has worked as a dancer, choreographer and director in ballets across the world. Cavallari staged Cranko’s Onegin (Sweden) with the State Opera in Vienna and regularly works as a guest teacher for the Stephan Thoss Company (Germany), The Czech National Ballet and the Stuttgart Ballet (Germany). Cavallari’s The Nutcracker, a collaboration with La Scala’s renowned set designer Edoardo Sanchi for West Australian Ballet, achieved critical acclaim for its brilliant and innovative take on this classic. Since 2008, Cavallari has held the position of Artistic Director of West Australian Ballet. His creative vision and determination has driven the Company to new heights, vastly expanding the repertoire and successfully increasing the profile of the Company locally, nationally and internationally.


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State Theatre
Sat 2 July 8pm
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$129
A Reserve
$99.90
B Reserve
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Groups (10+)
$79.90
Schools (10+)
$49.90
Concession
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Miley Cyrus does Sydney




Miley Cyrus spotted sexy cute in Australia for music tour yesterday. Mega popstar Miley Cyrus was recently spotted out yesterday afternoon,rocking a sexy,yet cute look in beautiful Sydney,Australia where she is continuing her Gypsy Heart music tour duties. Miley appeared to be pretty relaxed as paps snapped her photos. According to sources, Miley is in the area to perform a couple of concerts,and was spotted heading to Woolloomooloo to get some lunch. She also hit up Twitter to say, "So happy to be back on the road again! Thank you Manila for such an amazing show! Hello Australia!"

Saturday, 18 June 2011

I Dream of Jeannie cast visit Sydney Olympic Park, by Eva Rinaldi 18th June 2011

Bill Daily and Eva Rinaldi

I Dream of Jeannie Fans had their wishes granted today as the cast of the hit '60s series headed down under for Supanova at the Dome in Sydney.

Barbera Eden and 79-year-old Hagman are still hanging out together. The pair have been spotted attending fan and pop culture conventions for I Dream of Jeannie.

Their co-star Bill Daily (Major Roger Healy), who Eden describes as "adorable" also joined them for the pop culture festival in Sydney and Perth.

"I'm looking forward to it," Eden says.
"It's been a long time since I've been to Sydney and Perth."

The Supanova pop culture convention will be held in Sydney on June 18 and 19 and in Perth on June 25 and 26.




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Friday, 17 June 2011

Mia Wasikowska attends Sydney premiere of her new movie, “Jane Eyre”


Mia Wasikowska attended the Sydney premiere of her new movie, “Jane Eyre” tonight at the State Theatre.

The actress has worn a white sequin dress on the red carpet recently and that trend continued when she recently wore a Elie Saab Spring 2011 Couture dress in Los Angeles.

If you look hard enough this dress appears to be a shorter modified version of a white a-line cocktail dress with floral appliqués and sequin embellishment was paired with black Brian Atwood ‘Wagner’ peep-toes.

Mia never tends to do much with her hair, but I guess the fact that she was wearing Couture convinced her that it was time to do something different.

It’s a simple down hairstyle, but it works perfectly with her as does her natural hair and make-up.

Mia Wasikowska





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Thursday, 16 June 2011

AbbaWorld At The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, by Eva Rinaldi


ABBAWORLD, the Official Interactive Exhibition approved and supported by legendary ABBA, is currently showing at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum, a stones throw from Darling Harbour.

The expo is an amazing multimedia exhibition that enables visitors to experience the music and magic of ABBA in a completely fresh fashion. 

ABBAWORLD made its star-studded, world debut abroad in London on 26 January 2010 to rave reviews from fans and news media.

It's a wonderful mix of traditional and rare ABBA memorabilia and state-of-the-art technology. The highly interactive experience take visitors on a journey through 25 environments, showcasing rare footage, sets, stage costumes, images and memorabilia which has never been seen in Australia before. Some of the gems are actually from the personal collections of Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Frida.

ABBAWORLD captures the music, memories and magic that made the Swedish group a worldwide phenomenon. It explores where the four members of the group came from, the formation and success of ABBA and the post ABBA years. It features ABBA’s first major international live performance and Sweden’s first win at the Eurovision Song contest in 1974, their highly acclaimed concert tours including the Australian tour in 1977, and the impact of their music that has inspired several hit movies and a stage show - Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mamma Mia.

On display are more than 20 original costumes, the epitome of 70’s glam, live concert footage, promotional and behind-the-scenes photographs, album artworks and other ABBA memorabilia, as well as exclusive interviews with members Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog.

The ABBA concert dressing room, the writing studio on Viggsö – an island in the Stockholm archipelago where many of ABBA’s songs were written, and ABBA’s recording studio Polar Studio in Stockholm where the group recorded its last two albums, are also recreated in the exhibition.

Visitors can relive ABBA’s music and sing and dance their way through the exhibition using a series of interactives including perform on a stage with ABBA, dance in an ABBA video, record a sing-a-long with ABBA, or be photographed on an ABBA album cover.

For more than 35 years, ABBA has maintained international success with their songs that remain a fixture on radio playlists today. ABBA is one of the top three selling artists in the world, having sold 375 million records worldwide. They still sell over 3 million records a year.

Band member Björn Ulvaeus said: "It always seemed to me that people in the music press and also in the music industry sort of took it for granted that ABBA would be a one hit wonder. Why would we be different from any other Eurovision winner?

"We really had an up-hill struggle after Waterloo and our follow-up singles didn’t do well. Then the Australians came to our rescue. They released SOS and Mamma Mia and both songs made the charts in a big way down under. Suddenly everyone else around the world realized there was life in the band that was supposed to be dead. I’m forever grateful to the Australians for that!"

Jonathan Parsons, Sydney Curator, ABBAWORLD said: "ABBA’s appeal was first and foremost because they were consummate pop artists producing some of the most well-crafted, memorable and enduring pop songs in pop history. They were pioneers in the pop form breaking new ground in recording, concert production and promotional music videos. For Australia this culminated in the extraordinary scenes of adoration for the group that traveled across the globe to perform in Australia in 1977. Their music spoke to the heart, through joy and pain, and left a musical legacy that is still vibrant today."

AbbaWorld will conclude in Sydney on the 26th June, so be quick. The expo truly has to be one of the better value for money entertainment experiences in Sydney.









Kylie Minogue

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