Swedish pop royalty ABBA sang their way to Eurovision victory at Brighton Dome on 6 April 1974.

Visit the city between 5 – 7 April to re-live ABBA’s win 50 years later, from ABBA-themed shows, bus rides and even painting sessions, you can celebrate Swedish music royalty in style! Not around that weekend? Brighton is notorious for putting on a good show year-round, and there are events throughout the year so let the super trouper celebrations commence!

Events listed below are in date order but look out for the 🎉 symbol for events happening over the anniversary weekend.

4 April: Marking Where History Was Made

At 12pm join Brighton Dome for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic moment following the recent reopening of the magnificent Grade I and Grade II listed Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre after a major 6-year refurbishment.

🎉Waterloo Weekender Main Events! 🎉

28 March to 4 August 2024: 🎉 ABBA: One Week in Brighton

You can delve into the history of the band’s triumph at the Dome with this special exhibition at Brighton Museum. Walk, dance, and sing through ABBA’s visit to Brighton through photographs, film, memories, and memorabilia and discover more about the week that catapulted the band to fame.

6 April: 🎉 ABBA Win Eurovision!

Join Brighton Museum in celebrating ABBA’s historic Eurovision win 50 years ago today. Dress up and pose on their special ABBA stage, dance along with pop-up performers throughout the afternoon and make ABBA inspired badges and banners.

5 April: 🎉 Arrival from Sweden – The Music of ABBA

ARRIVAL From Sweden in the production “The Music of ABBA” comes to the Brighton Centre, featuring original ABBA Musicians and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The press, the audience, and the ABBA fan club all agree this is the closest you will ever come to seeing the real ABBA live on stage.

5 – 6 April: 🎉 Knowing Me, Knowing You: Family Puppet Making Fun

Have fun making tabletop puppets inspired by Swedish supergroup ABBA, then learn to animate them in a mass dance-athon with your family and friends at the end of the session. Whether you're a Super Trouper, a Fernando, or a Mamma Mia... this is the workshop for you!

6 April: 🎉 GOLD: ABBA The 50th Anniversary Eurovision Win

At 7.30pm it’s time for Waterloo to be performed again at Brighton Dome. The same stage. The same date. The same iconic songs you know and love! Charlotte Perrelli hosts an evening of ABBA favourites and Eurovision hits featuring performances by Måns Zelmerlöw, Emmelie de Forest, Katrina, Linda Martin, and Nicki French, and backed by Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus. So… how could you ever refuse?

6 April: 🎉 Dynamite Waterloo 

Boogaloo Stu will host the first of the afternoon's spontaneous ABBA-themed interventions, inviting the audience to participate in a flashmob dance to Waterloo. This will be followed by a 45-minute silent disco, playing all the biggest ABBA hits, leading a splendidly colourful tribe of dancing daytime revellers on a tour around the perimeter of Brighton Dome, winding through the Pavilion Gardens and ending at the doors of the Dome Studio Theatre at 2pm where the party will then continue indoors with Dynamite Waterloo, taking place until 5pm (ticket needed).

Dynamite Waterloo promises to be a very special, unique occasion; an affectionate salute to one of the most popular and successful musical groups of all time. Join Stu, Sal, and a stellar line-up of special guests for an amazing afternoon of all things ABBA.

6 April: 🎉 Mamma Mia Bottomless Brunch

Head to the DoubleTree by Hilton Brighton Metropole as they celebrate 50 years since ABBA won Eurovision with a Mamma Mia themed Bottomless Brunch

6 April: 🎉 Board the ABBA-themed drag bus

If you’re looking for an experience like no other, then join this fabulous prosecco & food-filled ABBA-themed sightseeing trip across Brighton!

6 April: 🎉 Neon Nights: Boogie at Pinot & Picasso

Pinot & Picasso bring the disco to the studio a Eurovision and ABBA-inspired Neon Nights artwork, Boogie. They’ll play all the dance hits to get you in the mood to get arty while you party and create your own dance floor. There will be no judges, so feel free to sing until you lose your voice.

12 May: ABBA - Mixed 4's Beach Volleyball Tournament

'Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie' a beach volleyball tournament full of fun and laughter. Yellowave are going to 'Lay All Our love' into this event to celebrate ABBA's 50th anniversary year. There'll be prizes for best team outfits and 'Money, Money, Money' (in the form of vouchers) for the 1st place as the 'Winner Takes It All', well second place also gets a prize.

25 – 26 May: Voulez Vous - Immersive Painting Experience

Boogie over to Atelier by the Sea where attendees are encouraged to dress up, or just wear something Abbaesque while artist Denise Harrison guides you to create a painting and teaches you how to paint whilst listening to ABBA songs. At lunchtime, there is an ABBA acoustic set. Sessions at 10.30 am to 4.30 pm and all the materials are provided.

20 – 21 September: Eurovizcon 

Eurovizcon is the UKs largest celebration of Eurovision fun, a global phenomenon bursts on to the scene this year and into the Eurovision calendar. The Brighton Centre will play host to this brand new, unique, two-day event 50 years after the contest was held at Brighton itself, seeing ABBA win with the iconic Waterloo.

Do you need more ABBA fun Chiquitita? Check our our itinerary and become the Dancing Queen you deserve to be!




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