Abba's Eurovision win at Brighton Dome recreated

Abba's Eurovision win recreated

Abba's Eurovision win recreated

First published in News

Forty years after Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest at the Brighton Dome with their song Waterloo, the historic day was recreated last night.

On April 6, 1974, a Swedish band had a dream. But the winner took it all when they launched their meteoric rise to stardom at the 1,700 seat Brighton Dome. Forty years on and the band has definitely made plenty of Money, Money, Money, selling more than 400 million albums worldwide.

Hundreds of ABBA fans joined writer, performer and life-long ABBA fanatic Christopher Green in remaking the historic Eurovision Song Contest win on the very spot it happened.

Crowds dressed in their finest 1974 fashions turned into Dancing Queens for the Anniversary.

Christopher dressed as Napoleon for the event – in honour of the famous outfit the band’s composer wore 40 years ago – and welcomed special guests to join the party, performance and lecture on the history of the band.

Christopher said: “Historical re-enactment can be for entertainment as well as battles.

“It’s a quirky bit of social history; 40 years ago is not that long but lives were very different back then.

“The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself. I’m trying to hit some intellectual points as well as giving a good trashy night out.”

Claire Swift, from Brighton Dome, said: "It is a landmark, not only for the Dome but for Abba as it has been said it marked the beginning of their fame across the world."

"To have had it at the Dome was just an amazing thing to have happened."

After their win in Brighton, the group topped the charts with hits such as Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and Money Money Money until they split up in the early 1980s.

Virtual unknowns at the time, the group has gone on to sell almost 400 million albums around the world in the past 40 years.

Waterloo was voted best Eurovision song of all time in 2005, although it also received the lowest percentage of votes ever recorded for a winning entry in a final.

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10:52am Mon 7 Apr 14

cookie_brighton says...

when I first saw this picture.....I thought it was another story about a gay marriage ha ha :)
when I first saw this picture.....I thought it was another story about a gay marriage ha ha :) cookie_brighton
  • Score: 1

10:55am Mon 7 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

cookie_brighton wrote:
when I first saw this picture.....I thought it was another story about a gay marriage ha ha :)
**** ha ha,we don't all dress up but I get your point.
[quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: when I first saw this picture.....I thought it was another story about a gay marriage ha ha :)[/p][/quote]**** ha ha,we don't all dress up but I get your point. clubrob6
  • Score: 1

10:56am Mon 7 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

Back then it was a fun contest now its a political contest and its obvious the rest of the EU don't like the UK.
Back then it was a fun contest now its a political contest and its obvious the rest of the EU don't like the UK. clubrob6
  • Score: 9

11:11am Mon 7 Apr 14

brightonyorkie says...

How long has Chris Evans been an ABBA tribute act?
How long has Chris Evans been an ABBA tribute act? brightonyorkie
  • Score: 2

12:15pm Mon 7 Apr 14

BlackRocker says...

I thought it was Vic Reeves and Billy Connolly.
I thought it was Vic Reeves and Billy Connolly. BlackRocker
  • Score: 0

12:47pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Mark63 says...

Very poor review of an amazing night! Shameful for the City where Abba started...

Clubrob - its not so much that the rest of them don't like us, its just that the BBC dopn't try veryt hard to send a wow song and artist.... We used to do that...
Very poor review of an amazing night! Shameful for the City where Abba started... Clubrob - its not so much that the rest of them don't like us, its just that the BBC dopn't try veryt hard to send a wow song and artist.... We used to do that... Mark63
  • Score: 1

1:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Mr chock says...

my my Napoleon .. did surrender etc etc..
BUT HISTORY of the battle
:)) its actually a nice little song..
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself
... WATERLOO oh the good old days.. The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. how funny history lessons are .. Abba made it all so nice Napoleon lost because of a communication issue much like the world war 2 conflict the rest as they say is history.. repeating itself
my my Napoleon .. did surrender etc etc.. BUT HISTORY of the battle :)) its actually a nice little song.. Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way The history book on the shelf Is always repeating itself ... WATERLOO oh the good old days.. The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. how funny history lessons are .. Abba made it all so nice Napoleon lost because of a communication issue much like the world war 2 conflict the rest as they say is history.. repeating itself Mr chock
  • Score: 0

1:58pm Mon 7 Apr 14

her professional says...

clubrob6 wrote:
Back then it was a fun contest now its a political contest and its obvious the rest of the EU don't like the UK.
Are you surprised when their impression of the UK comes from Farage & Co, Cameron, and a load of drunken holidaymakers.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: Back then it was a fun contest now its a political contest and its obvious the rest of the EU don't like the UK.[/p][/quote]Are you surprised when their impression of the UK comes from Farage & Co, Cameron, and a load of drunken holidaymakers. her professional
  • Score: -1

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