Forever (The Abba tribute)

  • Biography

    Quoted as The Next Best to the original Abba by Scandinavias leading music television channel NRK, this show has entertained audiences all over the world, from large outdoor festivals to private birthday parties. Wherever they perform they endeavour to get the audience on their feet and capture Abba as they were in there hayday…

    “Few have received the same recognition as Forever, the nation’s leading live Abba tribute” – The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday

    Having performed many international & national theatre tours ,concerts & open air Festivals, they have appeared ‘Live’ numerous times on live television and radio broadcasts.

    Successful tribute bands have to not only the look and sound exactly right, but also recreate the atmosphere of an original concert. “It is easy to see why Abba Forever are regarded as one of the most authentic!” – Gloucester Echo News

    Tours of Iceland, Austria, France, Romania, Denmark, Portugal ,Cyprus, Norway and Northern and Southern Ireland have taken place, a tour in Russia included television interviews & their performance in Moscow was televised  ‘Live’ and shown throughout the Baltic States.

    A performance in Hossegor, France featured on MTV and a recent festival in South Africa had them performing in front of 55,000 people headlining with some of their biggest stars.  More recently they were flown to the exotic location of Phuket in Thailand for several performances which generated lots of media coverage.

    “To say that it succeeds in its aim is an understatement” – South Wales Evening Post.

    A considerable landmark in their career was their sixth sell out theatre tour of Sweden, the ‘home of the original super group Abba’. They enjoyed standing ovations and an abundance of positive feedback from the audiences. Countless comments were attributed to Forever stating that they are “Just like the real Abba!” Making front page of the Swedish tabloids and television interviews, not to mention being followed by a Norwegian camera crew for a top music channel documentary on ‘Abba Forever’, on a programme called ‘The Next Best ‘to the original Abba, which was shown and Broadcast in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

    There are many tributes in circulation but Forever are exceptional in comparison, with the most meticulous attention to detail, this live production aims to reproduce Abba Live in Concert focusing on the live aspect with an exceptionally talented, professional cast, the show features the very high standard of musicianship needed to recreate Abba songs, and with all performers singing & playing totally live, audiences are experiencing a true live performance.  Packed full of excitement and vivacity, dazzling costumes and authentic lighting design, they will take you on a journey back to the 1970’s. Wherever the band performs, audiences can watch and hear all of the hits including some hidden surprises for even the most ardent Abba fan.

    Performing as a 4 piece to an All live 6 piece, Fully self contained and comes equipped to suit any venue with a new 10 K.W E.v  P.A system and the finest Yamaha Digital desk and Crown amps that is tailored on arrival for numbers & space. Also boasting led  generic lighting and the latest LED moving head intelligent light show. Also  extras if permitted & space white grand piano, Pyramid stage trussing a professional Blue laser, strobe, led Blinder,  & other effects such as la maitre Hazer, pyrotechnics, giant mirror ball, LED Light up Signage & Led Light up names Large Backdrop & video projection etc Health & safety plus space available & permitting.

    With Varying line ups this show can be tailored to suit any event and budget comprising of a 4 piece live band made up of Piano & keys, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Drums and Bass guitar with all musicians singing live. Fully choreographed and authentic, lavish costume changes.

    Previous Clients

    • Coronation street Cast
    • Manchester United F.C
    • B.M.W
    • National Trust
    • Chuppa Chips
    • Carphone warehouse
    • British Show Jumping association
    • Marie Curie Cancer Care
    • Sainsbury’s
    • Littlewoods
    • Royal Air Force
    • Bourne Leisure
    • The Hereford Cattle Society
    • Crimestoppers
    • Rotary International
    • Ponderosa
    • HMS Pinafore
    • British Nuclear Group
    • County Police HQ
    • Huddersfield Giants
    • Solgar vitamin and Herbs
    • Pall-ex
    • JJB
    • Grenadier Guards
    • Make a wish Foundation
    • Nottingham County Cricket Club
    • Twickenham Stadium

    Holiday Parks

    • Warner
    • Butlins
    • Pontins
    • Hosesesons


    • Montpellier ,France
    • Vordinborg, Denmark
    • Party in the park, Cyprus
    • Bronnyunsund, Norway
    • Ininibos Konsert, South  Africa
    • Seljord, Norway
    • Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire
    • Christchurch, Dorset
    • Londonderry, N. Ireland
    • Ormesby Hall, N. Yorkshire

    Hotel Chains

    • Macdonald Hotels
    • Hilton Hotels
    • Devere Hotels
    • Best Western
    • Thistle Hotels
    • Marriott Hotels
    • Holiday Inn
    • Lavender Hotels
    • Village Hotels
    • Shire Hotels & Spa

    Theatres U.K

    • The Playhouse, Edinburgh
    • The Opera House, Manchester
    • His Majesties, Aberdeen
    • The Grand, Swansea
    • The Orchard, Dartford
    • The Alexandra, Birmingham
    • The Empire, Liverpool,
    • The Hippodrome, Bristol
    • Floral halls theatre, Southport
    • The Churchill, Bromley
    • Fairfield Halls, Croyden
    • The Capitol, Horsham
    • The Congress, Eastbourne
    • The Pavillion, Worthing
    • The Pier, Bournemouth
    • The Spa, Felixstowe
    • The Cresset, Peterborough
    • The Key, Peterborough
    • The Lights, Andover
    • Woodville Halls, Geavesend
    • Gorden Craig, Stevenage
    • Wyvern, Swindon
    • The Hazlitt, Maidstone
    • Lees Cliff Halls, Folkestone
    • The Palace, Newark
    • The Journal, Newcastle U Tyne
    • The Stables, Milton Keynes
    • The Auditorium, Grimsby
    • The Embassy, Skegness
    • The Princes, Torquay    
    • The Playhouse, Weston
    • TLT, Drogheda, Ireland
    • The Waterfront, Belfast
    • The Grand, Lancaster


  • Reviews / Testimonials

    "The curtain was a little late going up on this balmy evening at the end of Bournemouth Pier, but once raised, what was revealed was a clever recreation of a seventies-style TV studio pop show set.

    Gold boots, headbands, silk scarves and other trailing sartorial frippery are featured in the costumes. However, the tight, well-rehearsed band and strong female vocal sound-alikes, Jane Ellis and Harriet Shaw are the factors which truly bring this touring show/gig to life.
    The most famous acronym in pop has been the subject of many a tribute. The live music factor and sheer love of the music is what makes shows like Abba Forever the box office success that this show is surely set to be.

    The Swedish accents are a little implausible, but the audience plays along as around 30 Abba hits are included during the two halves.
    What is attempted is on the face of things a big ask - for a live band to recreate on a theatre stage what were perhaps some of the most superbly produced pop songs of all time.

    The biggest compliment I can pay James Lawley and Danny Gamble as Benny and Bjorn, as well as the accompanying musicians on stage, is that they manage to get at least within shouting distance of the real thing.

    What is sure to define this show is the attention to detail. Most notably the portable stage drops, the adopted roles which are played totally straight and the lighting effects, which include illuminated reminders of the band’s finest hour and their members, namely Anni-Frid, Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha."

    "It's hard to ignore the sudden resurgence of tribute bands in recent years. Only a decade ago, impersonators such as the Bootleg Beatles were considered mere more than a cheap novelty. Nowadays, such acts are revered with the likes o Fools Gold (Sto
    ne Roses) even working alongside their idols

    None, however, have spawned as many would-be pretenders as pop's famed acronym Abba. Boasting more than 40 acts in Britain alone, the lucrative tribute scene has been paramount in the Swedes' revival which has witnessed the launch of musicals Mamma Mia and Kristina.

    Few have received the same recognition as Abba Forever, the nation's leading live Abba tribute. Tonight's diverse audience at the Edinburgh Playhouse highlighted the band's universal appeal. School groups rubbed shoulders with elderly "dancing queens", each eagerly awaiting the foursome's arrival.

    For most tribute artists, both image and performance are crucial. And Abba Forever proved no exception. Dressed to the nines in gleaming gold platforms, baco-foil capes and skin-tight romper suits, the band uncannily resembled their adopted roles down to the last meticulous detail. The performers remained in character throughout, avoiding the pitfalls of self-caricature.

    Unlike competitors Bjorn Again and Voulez Vous, Abba Forever focus is on the live elements of the production. Sidestepping material from Abba's famous Gold album, the group ventured into unfamiliar territory with songs Ring Ring and Slipping through My Fingers, the later the chance to showcase the full extent of "Agnetha's" soprano voice.

    The men were also given the occasion to exhibit their musicianship. While the girls changed from neon pink jumpsuits into raincoats for Money, Money, Money, "Benny" treated his fans to a bracing solo from his earlier "Hep Stars" career.

    But it was the anthems that the audience had come to hear and this evening's show did not disappoint.

    All of the Scandinavian supergroup's hits were present with SOS, Waterloo, Super Trouper and Knowing Me, Knowing You, performed with much joie de vivre.

    The band concluded their set with the inevitable encore of Thank You for the Music and Dancing Queen, sending the spirited crowd of "fernandos" and "chiquititas" dancing and jiving into the aisles. For judging by their reactions they were, no doubt having the time of their lives. "

    "THE music of Abba epitomises the 1970s just as surely as the 1960s were defined by The Beatles: the difference is that the musical styles of what has become known (somewhat unfairly) as "the decade that style forgot" were altogether more eclectic, ranging from glam rock and jazz funk right through to ska, punk and disco.
    All the more remarkable, then, that Abba's music has not only survived but is positively flourishing. Tributes to the Swedish supergroup always attract large audiences at the Grand, and the release of the movie Mamma Mia! Has captured the imagination of a new generation to whom this kind of music — punctuated as it is by driving, catchy rhythms and terrific harmonies -has a freshness and vibrancy.
    Having attended many an Abba tribute concert down the years, I would venture to suggest that Abba Forever rates among the best. The performers remain in character throughout and the songs are played straight, with none of the comedic self-mockery of Bjorn Again. Comedy has its place, but while some tribute acts are almost parodies of the original, Abba Forever takes itself far more seriously — and rightly so.

    All the classic hits were here: Dancing Queen, SOS, Waterloo, Voulez Vous, Thank You for the Music and so many more, all served up with joie de vivre and the kind of vocal skill guaranteed to delight the most ardent of fans.

    While other Abba tribute bands, such as Voulez Vous, utilise clever lighting design and projection techniques to enhance the experience, Abba Forever relies upon the music itself — together with showmanship and slick choreography — to make the show work to its best advantage. To say that it succeeds in its aim is an understatement. Abba Forever? You bet!"

    "The Next Best to ABBA"

    "Every man, woman and child was on their feet, waving and cheering.!"

    "Thank you for such a wonderful performance, the feedback was incredible, the atmosphere was fantastic!"

    "Absolutely Fabbatastic. If I had closed my eyes, I would never have known you were a tribute."

    "What can I say? An outstanding performance, professional approach and fantastic costumes. From start to finish they were truly remarkable."

    "The whole show was truly magnificent ."

    “I Loved it!”

    "A truly, truly exceptional show!"

    "Its not often you'll see our audiences on their feet, but there was no stopping them with this show, techies included! A great show, and great people. We are looking forward to their next visit."

    "This show kept selling and selling and after seeing it myself I know why! Non stop Hits we couldn’ t keep the audience in their seats from the opening to the encore. Already booked them for next year!"

    "A fantastic show, highly professional cast and crew - they really got the crowd going. Next years date already in the diary."

    "Thank you, the show was fantastic!! Much appreciated by audience and staff alike. A wonderful evening was had by all. Sound and lighting effects excellent. BRAVO"!

    "A really polished outfit with great music and costumes and just really nice people to do business with. They really know how to get people into the ABBA Groove and its great to see a field of people waving their arms and singing along. I booked them for the theatre as soon as I could."