IN FOCUS // Flashback to ABBA's UK Concerts In February 1977
Published on 9 February 2017
Ever since the beginning of their career, the members of ABBA rarely agreed to leave the safety of their home and recording sessions in Sweden to perform in concert. But after the release of the mega-successful Greatest Hits compilation and the album Arrival, their status changed dramatically and were clearly regarded as superstars around the globe.
ABBA’s first of two concert tours kicked-off in Oslo (Norway) on 28/01/1977 in front of 5,300 screaming fans. They later gave concerts in Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, Cologne, Essen, Hannover, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Antwerp before the tour arrived here in the UK where ABBA enjoyed massive sales and impressive chart success. They played in five sold-out gigs in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and at London's Royal Albert Hall. Tickets for the London Royal Albert Hall shows were available only by mail application and it was later revealed that the box office received more than 3.5 million requests for tickets, enough to fill the venue 580 times!
Bjorn later said that the London concerts were a very special moment and a milestone in ABBA's career. "The thousands of fans packed in displayed their enjoyment so much. They showed how much they liked our music. It was electric, vibrant. I never thought I would see it happen".
UK dates and venues were:
- 10/02/1977 Birmingham Odeon
- 11/02/1977 Manchester Free Trade Hall
- 12/02/1977 Glasgow Apollo Theatre
- 13/02/1977 London Royal Albert Hall
- 14/02/1977 London Royal Albert Hall
ABBA returned to Sweden after their London dates. The second leg of their tour took the four members of ABBA to Australia in early March 1977 with shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. ABBA performed eleven concert dates to almost 330,000 ABBA fans.