Thursday, 26 May 2016

Dancing Queen



Last week my BFF and long lost younger sister Rosie Mai and I went to see ABBA Mania. This touring group who provided the ABBA experience came to Carmarthen and we could not wait to go. I had never been to a tribute act/band impersonator before. But I needn't have worried. It was FABULOUS!

 
I can't  find any photos of the actual people we saw—there are loads of ABBA looky-likey tribute bands—but none I found on google image look remotely like the actual ABBA. However, ours really did—especially Agnetha and Anni-Frid (Frida) . Boy did they look like them.

These are all pictures of the real ABBA.
 Frida and Agnetha


The men were just beardy blokes wearing 70's jumpsuits and silver platform boots. So I guess they looked a bit like Benny and Bjorn.
 Bjorn and Benny


They started off in the outfits they wore when they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. They fittingly sang Waterloo since that was their winning song.
How they did all that dancing in those platform boots I will never know

They moved on to other hits like Gimme, Gimme, Gimme(a man after midnight) , Knowing me, Knowing you, Mamma Mia, SOS, Does Your Mother Know, Take a Chance on Me, Voulez Vous, The Name of the Game, Super Trouper, and Money, Money Money.

They wore copies of this outfit too and I could see their knickers
All of those we were encouraged to get up and dance in front of our chairs. The crowd was a real mix of ages from young 20s like Rosie Mai, to middle agers like me to grey headed folks. Everyone was up dancing—no matter what their age. My step counter registered I had done 18,000 steps—that's almost 8 miles!
looking serious and pensive


They interspersed the dancing songs with slow numbers like The Winner Takes It All, Fernando, Thank You For the Music, and my favourite—Chiquitita.

artists who dress themselves
They ended with Dancing Queen which was the perfect one to end with. We were all dancing out the door of the theatre and onto the streets. For days I annoyed Spiderman by constantly humming Super Trouper and dancing.

 
It was a fantastic experience and one I would do again with other bands.

 You can dance,

You can jive,

Having the time of your life.

See that girl,

Watch that scene

Digging the Dancing Queen.

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