This year marks 30 years since Bjorn Again, an ABBA tribute band, formed in Melbourne.
The band, which has performed more than 7000 shows in over 100 countries, is widely regarded as the most successful tribute act of all time.
On Saturday, November 17, the band is bringing their show to Armidale Servies.
Bjorn Again was formed in Melbourne Australia in 1988 by John Tyrrell and Rod Stephen and the band performed its first show on May 6, 1989.
Rod and John had met in Melbourne in the mid 80s playing in cover and original bands, and they decided to brainstorm a new musical concept and one day Rod suggested an ABBA show.
Auditions started in October 1988 and by January 1989 they had settled on a band line-up.
After many rehearsals Bjorn Again performed its first show at The Tote Hotel in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood with the very first lineup comprising Dorina Morelli as Frida, Kathy Riseborough as Agnetha, Peter Ryan as Benny, Gavin Charles as guitarist Stig, Rod as a bass-playing Bjorn and John as Ola on drums.
The gig drew a full house, the crowd abba-solutely loved the show and the media write-up sensational. Bjorn Again had arrived.
From there demand for the band escalated and the band started touring non-stop around Australia. It also started a debate amongst the media as to the historic status and legacy of ABBA.
Tickets to the November 17 gig in Armidale are available from the club. The concert starts at 8pm.