ABBAWORLD – Count me in | 15 January 2010
I've had some doubts about going to ABBAWORLD. After de ABBA Museum fiasco I was a bit ABBA'd out.
That museum was of course a fabulous idea. I was very much into the concept of having an ABBA museum in their backyard, Stockholm. Together with my ABBA friend and fellow fan Rik Eijer I would go to Stockholm. We would be there on the opening day, we would go to the festivities, we would have a ball. On top of that I would be visiting Stockholm for the very first time. So it was a week to look forward to. And I did.
Then rumours started to appear on the internet that the very ambitious project wasn't doing too well. Finally the museum folded. "Don't be afraid" the museum people tol dus, "we will continue in an other format". Yeah right! Well, they say that seeing is believing.
And then: the announcement that ABBA The Museum would become ABBAWORLDE, a new "multimedia experience" devoted to the Swedish group. It would be a running exhibition that would open in London and then visit Australia. Wow, this was even more ambitious than a permanent museum.
Sadly, after the initial announcement, not much was to be heard in the following months. So I wasn't very into the ABBAWORLD mood yet.
Even when plans got more obvious and tickets could be bought through LiveNation I still had my doubts. Rik tried to convince me. He had bought two tickets for the opening day and he asked me when we would go. I backed out eventually and told him I wouldn't go. No ABBAWORLD for me, I just couldn't care anymore!
You know, it was in London, so I had to take a couple of days off from work. Then it would cost quite a bit of money (well, the Dutch ARE cheap!) and like I said I couldn't care less for ABBA. You do the math: these are enough reasons for not going.
But . In the last couple of days the feeling got back. The more I thought about it, the more idiotic it would be if I wouldn't be there. I've been a fan since the seventies for crying out loud. I would be mad if I wouldn't go.
Yesterday I phoned Rik asking him if the ticket was still available. It was. Within an hour everything was settled: Rik had changed his hotel booking, I booked the same cheap Easyjet flights as Rik and we have tickets for the Gatwick Express. I've been looking forward to four crazy days in London with two highlights: the premiere and the visit of ABBAWORLD.
London, count me in!
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