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Inside ABBAWorld

10:00 AEST Thu Aug 12 2010
There's no doubt Dermott Brereton is Getaway's ABBA aficionado, so he was the obvious choice to do a story on ABBAWorld: The Official Interactive Experience. Approved and supported by ABBA, it is enjoying an extended season at Melbourne's Federation Square.

The highly interactive experience is infused with state-of-the-art technology and visitors are taken on a journey through ABBAWorld's 25 environments, displayed over three levels.

Highlights include Perform with ABBA, Dance the Video, You & ABBA, Dancing Queen, ABBA gold sing-along and ABBA Quiz.

Fans of the group will see exclusive footage, stage costumes including sequined jumpsuits, images and memorabilia from the personal collections of Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Frida. It's hard to believe it's more than three decades since the Swedish sensations toured Australia, and if you weren't around then, here's your chance to enjoy it.

The Federation Square experience is more like going to a musical show than a museum. The interactive all-singing, all-dancing exhibition will have you smiling all the way. Your interactive experiences will be recorded on visitors' "smart tickets" and available to be viewed and downloaded later from

The other ABBA guru and author of ABBA: Let the music speak, Christopher Patrick, confirms that ABBA's popularity was no greater anywhere else in the world than Australia. The country was in the grip of ABBA fever for more than six years.

In researching his book, Christopher spent four years dissecting and appraising every musical phrase and melody in every ABBA recording. He also travelled to Sweden to interview those who worked with ABBA. He received the very rare honour of official approval from the Swedish super group themselves.

BABBA, the tribute band, know first-hand the popularity of ABBA and were amazed by ABBAWorld. They've been performing since 1994 all over Australia, Asia and New Zealand and enjoy similar adulation as the Swedes — from children to adults audiences go crazy.


Melbourne's Federation Square.


ABBAWorld: The Official Interactive Exhibition costs from $21.90 to $34.90 for adults, $14.90 for children and $65 for a family of two adults and two children. It includes entry and audio guide. It's open between Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 8pm, Thursday and Friday 10am to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 11pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. It will run until October 31, 2010.

BABBA, the ABBA tribute band will be performing in Victoria and Queensland's September school holidays. See dates below.

Virgin Blue has one-way flights to Melbourne from:

  • Adelaide $79
  • Hobart $85
  • Sydney $90
  • Canberra $95
  • Brisbane $129
  • Darwin $179
  • Perth $239

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at August 12, 2010, and are subject to change.

Prices correct at August 12, 2010.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

Federation Square
Melbourne 3000
Ph: 132 849 (reservations)

BABBA — the ABBA tribute band

Christopher Patrick

BABBA's Children's Show, September 2010

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