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Memories of Abba fill Regent

PUBLISHED: 13:03 06 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

Bjorn Again, Regent, Ipswich, December 5.



MAMA MIA! What a turn out.

The Ipswich Regent was full to overflowing to welcome back Bjorn Again and the tinsel wigs in assorted colours, multi-coloured ultraviolet ropes and costumes were in full force … and that was just the audience!

In true tribute to the Bjorn Again team, the weird, wacky and wonderfully-togged up fans couldn't have said "welcome" any clearer.

Bjorn Again, Regent, Ipswich, December 5.

MAMA MIA! What a turn out.

The Ipswich Regent was full to overflowing to welcome back Bjorn Again and the tinsel wigs in assorted colours, multi-coloured ultraviolet ropes and costumes were in full force … and that was just the audience!

In true tribute to the Bjorn Again team, the weird, wacky and wonderfully-togged up fans couldn't have said "welcome" any clearer.

Only half of those in the audience would have remembered Abba at the height of their popularity which just goes to show how enduring is the music.

The opening was spectacular, sound and lighting to equal any major professional group.

This outfit is so talented, they should be major stars in their own right.

Thankfully they remain true to the Abba faithful. They set the standards the other "Abba this" and "Abba that" must aspire to – I have seen them all this year and left the Regent elated last night.

It was great to see the musicians play live and Agnetha and Anna-fried can certainly belt out the numbers.

They were all there, "Ring, Ring", "Waterloo", "Dancing Queen", "The Winner Takes It All", "Lay All Your Love On Me", and "Honey Honey" for starters.

I have to applaud them for their version of "Living On A Prayer" – not an Abba song but superbly performed nonetheless.

Overall a fantastic night was had by all, the audience was on its feet for well over an hour and a half and loved every minute of it.

Just one caveat: does Bjorn Again really need a warm up act?

Ordinarily, half an hour of eighties electro pop would warm any audience up.

Somehow the support group just missed the mark – as a warm up act, or as a prelude to the only interval.

Nigel Lungley


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