The Trundle ABBA Festival is an annual celebration that brings the spirit of ABBA to the heart of Central Western NSW. Founded in 2012, this unique event takes place in the charming rural township of Trundle, just 65km northwest of Parkes, and has grown to become Australia’s original and only dedicated ABBA festival.
Mark your calendars October, as Trundle transforms into a vibrant hub of ABBA mania. The festival is a day-long extravaganza of family-friendly entertainment, set against the backdrop of Trundle’s picturesque streets and community spaces.
One of the festival’s main attractions is Bjorn Again, the world-renowned ABBA tribute band. Their performances are a highlight, bringing to life the magic of ABBA’s music with remarkable authenticity and energy. Since their inception in 1988, Bjorn Again has graced stages across the globe, from the Sydney Opera House to Wembley Stadium, and they’ve become a beloved fixture at the Trundle ABBA Festival.
But there’s more than just music to enjoy. The Fashions of the Festival event adds a dash of glamour and fun, as festival-goers don their best ABBA-inspired outfits. It’s a wonderful opportunity for fans of all ages to show off their creativity and passion for the iconic band.
Over the years, the festival has also featured a variety of performances, including Disco Revolution and Blues Brothers Re-Booted, adding to the diverse musical experience. It’s not just a celebration of ABBA but a festival that embraces the wider world of music and entertainment.
The Trundle ABBA Festival is more than a tribute; it’s a lively, joyful gathering that brings together fans from across Australia and beyond. Whether you’re a die-hard ABBA fan or just looking for a fun-filled family day out, the Trundle ABBA Festival is an event not to be missed!
ABBA, a Swedish pop supergroup, was formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Their journey to stardom began with Ulvaeus and Andersson’s successful songwriting for other Swedish artists in the late 1960s. Fältskog and Lyngstad, both pursuing solo careers, joined them in the early 1970s.
The band, initially named Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid, adopted the name ABBA in 1973. Their international breakthrough came with the victory in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with “Waterloo”. This success led to tours across Europe and the release of hit albums like “Waterloo,” “ABBA,” and “Arrival,” featuring chart-topping songs such as “Mamma Mia,” “SOS,” “Dancing Queen,” and “Fernando”.
During the late 1970s, ABBA released albums like “ABBA: The Album” and “Voulez-Vous,” with hits like “Take a Chance on Me,” “The Name of the Game,” and “Chiquitita”. However, the band faced personal challenges as both couples within the group divorced by 1981.
Despite the personal turmoil, ABBA continued to enjoy massive success, selling an estimated 380 million records worldwide. They went on an indefinite hiatus in 1982. Their legacy continued through the 1999 stage show “Mamma Mia!” and its film adaptation in 2008, and the release of “ABBA Gold” in 1992.
After years of solo pursuits, ABBA announced a “virtual” reunion tour in 2016 using holograms and recorded two new songs. In 2021, they released their first album in 40 years, “Voyage,” to commercial success, cementing their status as one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Festival Australia pays our respects to the Wiradjuri people, upon whose ancestral lands this melodic confluence unfolds. Their profound bond with the region weaves a rich, cultural fabric, integral to understanding Trundle’s soul.