Forty years to the day, the night will pay tribute to the Swedish pop phenomenon and those couple of weeks when Australia went ABBA-mad.
To the disappointment of Brisbane fans, ABBA only visited Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. A "Bring ABBA to Brisbane" rally happened in King George Square (October 1976 ). There was even a "ABBA Bring Them to Brisbane Association" and a "Get ABBA to Brisbane" petition managed to muster over 30,000 signatures.
According to the band's agent, it was "physically impossible" to come to Brisbane, as "time and technical difficulties of putting such a big show on the road are the biggest problems". Newspapers even reported ABBA cassette sales were higher in Brisbane than in Melbourne. Joh Bjelke-Petersen shocked Queenslanders by publicly announcing that he hoped ABBA would change their minds.
In 1977, on the back of the release of the Number One album Arrival, ABBA were global pop superstars and topping the charts in Australia.
The Australian leg of their tour was to be the most memorable since The Beatles a decade earlier. With great anticipation from media and fans, Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Frida and an entourage of 117 people arrived in Sydney in late February 1977. ABBA played 11 dates in Australia before a total of 160,000 people. The fan-frenzy is immortalised in ABBA THE MOVIE
Don't miss a screening of ABBA THE MOVIE from 7pm. Director Lasse Hallström (the man behind the group's iconic music videos) compiled this documentary film from hours of footage filmed during ABBA's 1977 Australian tour.
Interwoven with a loose plot about a radio DJ trying to get an interview with the group, ABBA The Movie features stunning live performances by the group, with classic hits such as Dancing Queen, Money Money Money and Thank You For The Music.
Kick back in the retro cinema and watch a video compilation of ABBA clips & archival footage from the Australia tour.
Following the movie, end the night dancing to your favourite ABBA music videos - such hits as Mamma Mia, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Take A Chance on Me... and many more!
A collection of classic ABBA music videos plus rare footage and concert clips will play on the retro cinema's big screen.
A huge ABBA fan, Fletcher has put together an interesting line-up of video rarities for fans to enjoy on the night.
"Step back in time with the music of ABBA and hear some of the greatest songs of the 70s," Fletcher said.
"A look back at a time when Australia when ABBA-crazy".
Dress-up in jumpsuits - optional!
Foyer and licensed bar open 6pm / Cinema opens 6.30pm / The Movie screens 7pm.
To celebrate ABBA in 'Australia: 40th Anniversary Celebration at New Globe Theatre', 220 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley on Friday 3 March, WeekendNotes subscribers have the chance to win 1 of 15 double passes.
To go into the draw, all you have to do is send an email titled 'ABBA ' to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know in 25 words or less why you want to attend this event. Please make sure to include your full name as it will be added to the guest list!
15 lucky winners will be drawn on 17 February, 2017.