Corporate Christmas Show In Moscow

Published on 27 December 2015

Band members recently flew out to Russia and a corporate Christmas Day ABBA show for 250+ guests on-board the Chaika, a floating restaurant in the very heart of Moscow. Although it was a flying visit (quite literally), the band did find time for some sightseeing including the Kremlin and Red Square, the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a visit to a Russian Orthodox church, the Christmas market and street upon street of Christmas lights.

On Christmas Day morning the band members were welcomed to breakfast with a surprise glass of champagne courtesy of the hotel. Sound checks complete, the band was presented with a beautiful buffet dinner. The show took place on Christmas night and was very well received. It was a little unusual to present a much more varied selection of songs including The Winner Takes It All, Chiquitita and Fernando but one has to remember the big hits here in the UK differ greatly from those in Russia. The highlight of the show was, without doubt, Happy New Year.

With the show over the band met with the owner of the company to toast the future at which point the snow started falling! Band members are already looking forward to visiting Russia again in January 2016 and an ABBA show in Sochi, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Many thanks to Alex and Vera for kind hospitality and for looking after us so well during our visit.