ABBA reveal when they will release new music
4 April 2019, 10:12 | Updated: 30 June 2021, 15:56
ABBA‘s Björn Ulvaeus has revealed that new music from the legendary group will arrive this autumn.
Last year, the Swedish foursome recorded new material for the first time in over 35 years.
The tracks will be released before a digital avatar tour, which is also set to take place later this year.
It was originally thought that the songs would have arrived by Christmas 2018, but they were sadly delayed.
Bjorn told Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet that fans can expect a new song “in September or October”.
A new song titled ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ was meant to appear in December, followed by another song called ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’.
ABBA tour: When are they playing live?
Sadly, ABBA themselves aren't going to be performing live together. But they are going on tour! A virtual ABBA experience is currently in the works.
Special 'Abbatars' will represent the four members of the Swedish pop group for an upcoming digital show. Björn Ulvaeus said that the two-hour show will be broadcast in the UK and simulcast across the world.
A world tour is then planned for 2019 or 2020, according to the Times.
The band will appear as they looked back in 1979, thanks to special hi-tech imaging equipment. "We thought we looked good that year," Ulvaeus said. "You'll hear the voices of ABBA coming out of the mouths of the Abbatars.
"You won't be able to see that they're not human beings. It'll be spooky, I assure you, but great fun and no one has done it before."
ABBA tickets: How can I see them live?
No official announcement has been made yet about the virtual ABBA tour.
A world tour is expected to commence sometime in 2019, so we'd be expecting tickets to go on sale either late this year or early next year.
ABBA new music: When can I listen to the new songs?
ABBA have actually recorded new music for the first time in 35 years. New song 'I Still Have Faith In You' was scheduled to debut in a special documentary in December 2018, but this was eventually delayed.
Meanwhile, a second track titled 'Don't Shut Me Down' will apparently be heard first on their hologram tour.
The group said in a statement: "The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.
"We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did.
"And it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyous experience.
"It resulted in two new songs and one of them, 'I Still Have Faith In You' will be performed by or digital selves in a TV special aimed for broadcasting in December."