The four members of ABBA surprised fans with an impromptu singalong at a private party in Sweden on Sunday.
The party, which took place at Stockholm’s Berns Hotel, was a celebration of Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson’s 50th anniversary of their writing partnership. Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad performed the song “The Way Old Friends Do“, and Ulvaeus and Andersson joined in toward the end.
This marked the band’s first public performance in 30 years. Their previous one was on Swedish version of show This Is Your Life, which was three years after their 1983 split.
They won the Eurovision song contest in 1974, and have since sold almost 400 million albums worldwide.
ABBA have been under intense pressure to reunite since splitting, reportedly being offered $1bn dollars (£689m) to tour in 2000. Fans had therefore long stopped hoping for a reunion like the one seen on Sunday.
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Igår den 5 juni var det exakt 50 år sedan Benny Andersson och Björn Ulvaeus träffades. Och resten är historia. Detta firades med en privat fest på Berns i Stockholm och en återförening av ABBA som för första gången sedan 1900-talet uppträdde tillsammans och framförde en låt ihop. Även Lena Philipsson, Pernilla Wahlgren, Peter Jöback, Tommy Körberg, Helen Sjöholm och Lill-Babs uppträdde på festen. #KändisTV #Abba
Andersson told Sweden’s Expressen newspaper: “It’s been a great night,” and Lyngstad said: “It was absolutely amazing. A lot of emotions… We’ve made this journey throughout our history. Benny and Bjorn in particular. It’s been very nostalgic.”
This performance comes after a small amount of public appearances together – including the premiere of Mamma Mia! in 2005, and the recent opening of an ABBA-themed restaurant in Sweden.
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