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Review: “Girls They Write Songs About,” by Carlene Bauer

GIRLS THEY WRITE SONGS ABOUT
By Carlene Bauer
308 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27.

The evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist Robin Dunbar is fond of the term homophily — “love of the same” — to describe why certain people strike up friendships. We’re all aware of the phenomenon in which longtime pals grow alike, but homophily suggests that a fair number of them are actually alike from the start. The relevant proverb: “Birds of a feather flock together.”

The two women of Carlene Bauer’s glittering novel “Girls They Write Songs About” define homophily. Charlotte and Rose are brave and reckless, self-critical and stylish. Both are obsessed with writing and music. Both find themselves in New York City in the late 1990s for the same reason, which Bauer summarizes in one of the great opening lines of recent memory: “Rose and I moved to New York to be motherless.”

These two women are products of second-wave feminism. They’re intent on shirking the influence of their mothers, whom they dismiss as long-suffering doormats. For a while, it feels terrific. Rose and Charlotte are free! Free to work at a music magazine that flies its entire staff out to London for a festival. Free to focus on their careers. Free to devour booze, pizza, men, adventure.

Bauer’s novel begins as an ode to the alchemy that occurs when two strangers find their sensibilities and tastes to be miraculously congruent. Who needs a romantic partner when you have a best friend? Who needs a diary when you have a living, breathing receptacle for every opinion, daydream, fantasy, guilty confession and scrap of gossip tumbling around in your head?

But the reader knows this epic friendship will end; the gloomy forecast is announced on Page 1. “We thought that if we worked hard enough we would one day, and on time, stand exactly where we hoped,” observes Charlotte, the book’s narrator. “But we were neither selfish enough nor selfless enough to become heroines. And even though she and I are no longer speaking, it makes me happy to think and write of that we.

From the start, the Charlotte-Rose relationship is electrified and contaminated by a sense of competition. They are proprietary about their writing assignments. Charlotte has more discipline. Rose has more style. Both are in the painful position of having aptitude but not genius: “I had nothing, really, to say — only the compulsion to say something and get paid for it,” Charlotte admits. They might be, as the title has it, girls that other people write songs about, but they’ll never be songwriters.

For years the two romp through New York, drinking spiked iced tea at Jones Beach and stalking Lou Reed, gathering material to build out their identities like a couple of wrens accumulating twigs for a nest. Then there is a rift.

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At first this split is mutually puzzling. You can sense each woman thinking: We still have identical opinions about sexual freedom and vintage dresses and the ideal location to sit in a movie theater — so why are we floating apart? Ah, but it’s their values that have changed. The tempo of the breach recalls Hemingway’s famous line about how a person goes bankrupt: gradually and then suddenly.

Gradually, and then suddenly, Rose wants different things from life. She wants financial stability, vacations in Mexico, a brownstone with a shady backyard and an excuse not to finish the book she has been hired to write. She marries a lawyer she doesn’t love, a man who diverges in every way from her “usual muesli mix of art-damaged ruffians.”

To Charlotte, Rose’s pivot to bougie fussiness is a regression and a betrayal. Neither woman would deny that their presence in New York, along with that of everyone else in their cohort, has exerted a gentrifying effect. But they weren’t supposed to gentrify themselves. They weren’t supposed to care about breakfast nooks and intricate moldings and buffed hardwood floors.

A sense of class anxiety pops up between the two friends overnight, like black mold. Rather than accuse Rose of breaking their unspoken pact, Charlotte makes snarky comments. “Is it me or does this feel like playing with a gargantuan Barbie Dream House?” she asks one afternoon while Rose signs the credit card receipt for drapes at a store full of objects that Charlotte can’t afford.

What follows over the course of the novel’s two decades isn’t as decisive as a breakup. Instead, Bauer explores the nuanced topic of how a person’s emotional metabolism can slow over time. It’s easy for a 20-something to binge on wine and grilled cheese sandwiches without feeling like death the next morning; harder to do those things once you hit 40. That also goes for one-night stands and moody outbursts and rhapsodic pledges of eternal affection.

Bauer is the author of a previous novel, “Frances and Bernard,” and a memoir, “Not That Kind of Girl.” Her third book reveals a sharpened eye for social detail and a Laurie Colwin-esque ear for dialogue. The novel’s pockets of sentimentality are offset by streaks of viciousness, accurately reflecting how we tend to remember our pasts: happy times bathed in a distorting glow, miserable times diminished and disowned.

“Girls They Write Songs About” is a love story about two friends, but it’s also something thornier — a narrative about the cycles of enchantment, disenchantment and re-enchantment that make up a life.

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BTS should “reconsider” extended break, says the Korea Singers’ Association

Lee Ja-yeon, the head of the Korea Singer’s Association, has advised BTS against embarking on their previously announced extended break.

The association released a statement on June 22, per The Korea Timeswhere a “concerned” Lee wrote about a personal unease regarding the possible consequences for the K-pop industry stemming from BTS’ break.

The K-pop boyband first announced last week that they would be “[taking] time to explore some solo projects” during a live broadcast celebrating their ninth anniversary. The boyband are set to embark on an extended break in order to pursue personal endeavours.

“I’m concerned that the Korean wave centring around BTS, which has the strongest cultural soft power in Korea and the world, may fade away … Like a ‘second Beatles’ won’t arrive easily, it is unlikely for there to be a ‘second BTS,’ so I’m worried that hallyu may be cut,” the statement read.

Further in the statement, Lee requested for the K-pop juggernauts to “reconsider” their decision to go on the extended break, writing: “You may have made the decision after deep deliberation, but would you reconsider [a withdrawal of the decision] for the sake of Korea’s music industry?”

According to The Korea Times, Lee’s statement also posited that without the presence of BTS, there would also be a lack of their fanbase, officially named ARMYs. The association head claimed that as a number of BTS’ followers are considered “hallyu followers”, she suggested that the break would “result in the decline of hallyu-related tourism”.

The association’s statement also touched on the impending military enlistment of several of the band’s older members, and called on the South Korean government as well as the National Assembly to further revise the Military Act to allow for exemptions of select pop stars from military duty.

Lee Ja-yeon’s call for BTS to withdraw their extended break has since faced backlash from the band’s fanbase. One fan on Twitter wrote in a viral response to the association’s statement: “I did not sign up to be a missionary of hallyu wave and Korean culture… leave BTS alone.”

Similar sentiments within the fanbase have also sprouted online since, with another adding that they were “here for BTS and BTS only, and that includes supporting their much deserved break”. Meanwhile, another ARMY on Reddit wrote that “BTS did not release an hour long video explaining everything for people to guilt trip them to keep working”.

In other news, BTS’ new anthology album ‘Proof’, which was led by ‘Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)’, has earned the group their sixth Number One on the Billboard 200. The 48-track compilation debuted at the top of the chart for the week ending June 16, with 314,000 equivalent album units sold in the US.

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Young Thug makes statement at Hot 97 Summer Jam from jail

Young Thug made a surprise statement from jail during New York radio station Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert.

The rapper was due to be playing the New Jersey show on Sunday (June 12) but was still in jail, having been denied a prison release on bond earlier this month.

According to HipHopDX, the show featured a voice message from Thug that played on the Summer Jam screen, preceded by a video in which artists like Polo G and G Herbo pledged their support to the rapper.

“I just want to say thank you to all of my friends and my family for coming out and supporting us,” Thug said. “You know, your support during this time means a lot to us, ya know.”

He then asked the crowd to support a petition that music executives Kevin Liles and Julie Greenwald launched, asking legislators to prohibit courts from using rap lyrics during cases.

Thug continued: “You know, this isn’t just about me or YSL. I always use my music as a form of artistic expression, and now I see that Black artists and rappers don’t have that, you know, freedom. Everybody please sign the ‘Protect Black Art’ petition and keep praying for us. I love you all.”

Young Thug, real name Jeffery Lamar Williams, was arrested on May 9 on charges of participation in street gang activity and conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act. Gunna was also arrested and was recently denied bond.

Williams has denied the allegations. His lawyer Brian Steel told WSB-TV“I’ll tell you the response to any allegation; Mr Williams committed no crime whatsoever.”

Young Thug and Gunna, the latter of whom has also denied participating in criminal street gang activity as well as conspiring to violate the RICO Act, are two of 28 people charged in an indictment that focuses on the alleged street gang YSL (“Young Slime Life”). The gang is believed to have formed in Atlanta in 2012 and is linked to the infamous Bloods gang.

Thug is suspected of being one of three of the alleged gang’s founding members, while Gunna – real name Sergio Kitchens – is also among those listed in the indictment. Gunna’s lawyers have since responded saying that his indictment is “intensely problematic”, declaring that their client is “innocent”.

Both Thug and Gunna’s trials are set for January 9, 2023.

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Your complete guide to summer 2022 on the Peninsula | News

Cloudless skies and warm weather draw Peninsula residents and visitors in throngs to summertime festivals, fairs, concerts and other seasonal events centered around food, art and community. And with the last couple of summers of COVID canceling or limiting many events, many are looking forward to the return of signature summer festivities like Shoreline Ampitheatre’s Fourth of July fireworks show and the San Mateo County Fair. Check out our guide to summer fun to fill your calendar from June through September.

Music series and festivals: Free concert series are everywhere this time of year. Find everything from tribute bands to reggae at Music on the Square in Redwood City every Friday at 6 p.m. through Sept. 2; Concerts on the Plaza every Friday at 6 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza in downtown Mountain View through Sept. 30; summer concerts for kids every Thursday at 11 a.m. through Aug. 4 at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos; Palo Alto’s Family Concert Series at the Magical Bridge Playground at 6:30 p.m. select Fridays starting June 10; the first annual ​​PV Palooza in Portola Valley June 11, followed by the summer concert series select Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning July 14; and an old-fashioned band concert with Ye Olde Towne Band at Shoup Park in Los Altos at 1:30 every last Sunday of the month June through September.

Don’t forget that the Stanford Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary June 17-July 30, and the chamber music festival [email protected] celebrates its 20th anniversary July 14-Aug. 6. [email protected] is also holding a series of free master classes and discussions led by festival artists and distinguished speakers.

Movie nights: Watch a film under the stars or from the comfort of your car this summer. Redwood City’s Movies on the Square are scheduled every Thursday night through Sept. 8, with kids’ movies at 6, independent films at 8 and the evening’s feature film at 8:30. Join San Mateo County’s parks department for its Movies in the Park series which includes June 18 at Flood Park in Menlo Park (“Spirit Untamed”). Family Movie Night at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto includes “Sing 2” on June 17 and “Luca” July 22. Mountain View’s outdoor movie night series at city parks kicks off with “Sing 2” on July 8 at Cuesta Park and ends Aug. 12 at Rengstorff Park with “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”

Art festivals: Summer is the peak time for art aficionados to stroll sunny city streets in search of paintings, tchotchkes, jewelry and more. Art on the Square in Redwood City takes place over four Fridays starting June 17; Chalk-Fest is scheduled for June 25 in Daly City; the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival and the Clay and Glass Festival in Palo Alto are happening July 9-10; Fine Art in the Park in Los Altos is Aug. 13-14; Pescadero hosts its Arts & Fun Festival Aug. 20; Burlingame on the Avenue is Aug. 20-21; Palo Alto’s Festival of the Arts returns Aug. 27-28; the Kings Mountain Art Fair returns to the Woodside area over Labor Day weekend, as does Millbrae’s Art & Wine Festival; Mountain View’s 50th annual Art & Wine Festival is Sept. 10-11; Santa Clara’s Art & Wine Festival is Sept. 17-18; and Pacific Coast Fog Fest is back in Pacifica Sept. 24-25.

Fourth of July festivities: Fourth of July is back in full swing on the Peninsula this year. Head to Mitchell Park in Palo Alto at 11 a.m. for live music, food trucks and kids’ activities. Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View hosts its annual fireworks show, accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony. The Chalk Full of Fun festival (July 3-4) and of July parade return to Redwood City this year, with fireworks over the Port of Redwood City capping off the day. Foster City hosts an all-day celebration with a pancake breakfast, barbecue lunch and kids’ activities, with fireworks over the lagoon in the evening. Half Moon Bay’s festivities kick off with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by the parade down Main Street at noon and a block party.

Cultural and food events: The quintessential summertime event, the county fair, is back starting with the San Mateo County Fair runs through June 12. The Santa Clara County Fair July 10 and July 23-30 will still look a little less conventional this year: it will be dedicated to livestock and home art exhibits, with free admission. No carnival, commercial vendors or traditional fair food will be offered in 2022, but this year’s offerings include the Junior Horse Show July 10, the Dog Show July 23 and the Dairy and Pygmy Goat Shows July 24.

Drink in an inflatable British-style pub at Pub in the Park in Redwood City July 16, Aug. 6 and Sept. 10, featuring beers and ciders from local breweries, food trucks and free live music and lawn games.

Try bites and beverages from 20-30 businesses at Taste of Mountain View June 22, a food, wine and beer walk kicking off at 4 p.m. downtown.

FoodieLand Night Market comes to San Mateo July 1-3, an outdoor festival inspired by the night markets of Asia that includes live music, local artisan booths and carnival games.

A longtime Peninsula festival that went virtual last year is back on July 16: the Obon Festival & Bazaar, a Japanese celebration at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple with dancing, food and live entertainment.

Foster City Summer Days Aug. 19-21 celebrates the city’s birthday with carnival rides, food trucks, live performances and craft vendors, plus single-day events like the rubber ducky race and a new classic car show.

After selling Greek entrees and desserts to go in lieu of a festival in 2021, the Belmont Greek Festival is back in person for its 50th anniversary Sept. 3-5. Find gyros, loukoumades and all your favorite Greek fare, plus live music and artisan booths.

Events for kids: School’s out for summer, but there are lots of events to keep the kids entertained and learning. Many of the aforementioned events are family-friendly, but some especially geared toward children include Bricks by the Bay Lego convention and expo in Santa Clara June 25-26; Super Hero Day in San Mateo July 16; and a family campout in Santa Clara’s Central Park Aug. 5-6, followed by a campout in Foster City’s Leo J. Ryan Park Aug. 6-7.

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Migos pull out of 2022 Governors Ball, Lil Wayne announced as replacement

Migos have pulled out of their scheduled performance at the 2022 Governors Ball festival, further fuelling rumours that the trio may be disbanding.

Organisers for the New York City festival – which is being held this weekend (June 10-12) at Queens’ Citi Field stadium – announced the line-up shuffle this morning (June 8), tweeting that Migos would no longer appear “due to circumstances out of [their] control”. The group themselves are yet to make a statement on their exit from the bill.

Lil Wayne was later announced to replace Migos’ set on Friday evening (June 10). He’ll appear alongside the likes of Kid Cudi, Jack Harlow and Black Pumas. Halsey, Flume and Roddy Ricch will still lead Saturday’s line-up (June 11), while J. Cole, Playboi Carti and Glass Animals lead Sunday’s (June 12). View the festival’s announcement below:

Rumours of Migos’ breakup started last month, when members Quavo and Takeoff launched their new project, Unc And Phew. Following the release of their debut single ‘Hotel Lobby’, Migos bandmate Offset – as well as his wife, Cardi B – unfollowed both of them on social media.

Migos had appeared together live, however, at a number of events earlier this year – including Kanye West‘s ‘Donda Experience’ in Miami in February, and as part of DJ Khaled‘s NBA All-Star performance in Cleveland that same month.

Migos’ most recent album together was last year’s ‘Culture III’, which came after all three members had taken time out for solo albums. In a four-star review, NME said the record saw Migos “successfully pick up from where they left off” with 2018’s ‘Culture II’, and that the “latest chapter in the trio’s career certainly seems unlikely to be overlooked by the masses who have embraced the group for the best part of a decade”.

Last month, Quavo was announced to star in a new action thriller film called Takeover. The film is being helmed by Quality Films and Trioscope, with Greg Jonkajtys directing. Takeover is based on a script by Vikings: Valhalla creator Jeb Stuart, whose other credits include Die Hard and The Fugitive.

Lil Wayne’s most recent album was 2020’s ‘Funeral’, while two follow-ups – ‘Tha Carter VI’ and ‘I Am Not A Human Being III’ – are reportedly in the works simultaneously. This month will see the rapper return to the UK for his first show there in 14 years, performing an exclusive slot at this year’s Strawberries & Creem festival in Cambridge.

In recent months, Lil Wayne has also collaborated on new music with the likes of Machine Gun Kelly, Childish Gambino, The Weeknd and Jack Harlow.

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Wolf Alice among final acts for Spain’s Andalucía Big Festival

Wolf Alice are among the final list of names for new Spanish festival Andalucía Big Festival – see the full line-up below.

The festival, from the organisers of Mad Cool, will take place from September 8-10 on the Sacaba Beach in Malaga and was announced back in April alongside another new event called Mad Cool Sunset. Andalucía Big Festival will be headlined by Rage Against The Machine, Muse and Jamiroquai.

Day splits have now been announced for Andalucía Big Festival alongside the news that Wolf Alice have joined the line-up along with María José Llergo, Niños Mutantes, Delaporte, Viva Belgrado and more.

See the full line-up below. Others to play at the event include Other confirmed acts include Biffy Clyro, Glass AnimalsYears & YearsMichael KiwanukaPaolo NutiniAURORA and Lucy Dacus.

The original Madrid festival Mad Cool will take place between July 6-10 this year, with the likes of MetallicaMuseThe KillersHaim and Florence + The Machine set to perform.

A further event called Mad Cool Sunset will take place on September 10 and feature Rage Against The Machine as headliners alongside Biffy Clyro, Run The JewelsGlass AnimalsStereophonicsYard ActSports TeamNova Twins and more.

The original Mad Cool Festival is expanding to a five-day event this summer as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Organisers previously promised that they were “working very hard to compensate [attendees]” in 2022 with “an unforgettable experience” after both of their 2020 and 2021 festivals were cancelled due to COVID.

Rage Against The Machine, who haven’t performed live since 2011, are also set to headline Reading & Leeds 2022 in August alongside Arctic MonkeysDave and more.

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ABBA Voyage’s creators on how it was made – and what’s next

The team behind the creation of the new ABBA Voyage live experience have spoken to NME about how it was made, as well as what could be next for both the show and the band. Watch our video interview above.

Premiering earlier this week at the purpose-built ABBA Arena in Stratford, East London, to a delighted response from fans, the ambitious production sees a “digital” version of ABBA (or ‘ABBAtars’) performing alongside a 10-piece live band (put together with the help of Klaxons’ James Righton).

Working on the show with ABBA were Svana Gisla (who produced Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s On the Run Tour), choreographer Wayne McGregor, Johan Renck (who directed David Bowie‘s videos for ‘Blackstar’ and ‘Lazarus’), Baillie Walsh (who has directed for Massive Attack and Bruce Springsteen) and producer Ludvig Andersson (son of ABBA’s Benny Andersson and producer of And Then We DancedYung Lean‘s ‘In My Head’ and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again).

“We did an awful lot of research and development on this, as you can imagine,” Gisla told NME from the red carpet. “We did two years of trying to figure out what this is. We put a lot of time into the philosophical side of it. This is not just about technology, this is about emotion. We wanted to understand the core of ABBA and the music and how to deliver it in 2022.

“A lot of this is about restraint. When all of the technology and everything is available to you, it becomes an exercise in restraint. The music is the guiding light.”

Gisla said that there was “nothing nostalgic about this concert apart from the music”, and that the whole approach was very forward-thinking.

“ABBA look like they did in 1979, but they’re firmly rooted in the now and in the future. Everything else is as forward as it can be,” she said. “You’re going to see a lot of things that you’ve never seen before. The feeling of being inside the arena will be unique, it’s very immersive. People use that word a lot, but when you go in there you’ll fully realise the capabilities of an immersive environment. It’s like being in the eye of the storm.”

Asked about how long the show could be set to run for, Gisla replied: “I don’t want to jinx it, but if this is a success then we can be here for a few years. We’re on borrowed land, we didn’t break any ground, the arena is moveable and we can pack up and leave when we aren’t wanted anymore.

“I hope the audience wants us to stay for a bit, because we feel like we’ve made something really special.

Director Baillie Walsh, meanwhile, said it was surreal that the “dream” from inside his head finally now on the stage for people to see. Walsh sternly denied that what fans would be seeing was “a hologram”, and in fact something quite different.

“We filmed ABBA for five weeks,” he said. “Wayne McGregor extended their moves into younger bodies – our doubles – and we blended those performances together. Now we have our 2022 ABBA.

“It was very emotional every day. It was like NASA in having so many people in the studio every day, but the whole studio were in tears most days. It was really extraordinary.”

Asked why it was necessary to build their own venue for the project, Walsh said that it was needed to match the ambition of the concept.

“ABBA’s ambition for this project was a beautiful thing, and it was a creative ambition, rather than a money-making exercise,” he said. “Building the arena was just part of that. You can have more lights because you’re not moving around from venue to venue and it’s bespoke. I could design the show around this building.”

As for how long the show could be set to run in London for, he said: “It’s up to the fans really. I hope it’s a destination for a long, long time.”

It is now believed that the concept could be copied for other veteran acts, but Walsh said it might not be so easy to imitate.

“ABBA were so involved in this,” he said. “They’re the heart and soul of it. There aren’t many bands like ABBA around. A posthumous show wouldn’t have the same kind of feeling. The fans know that ABBA are involved and that this isn’t a cynical exercise. This is ABBA.”

The ABBA avatars pose in their concert outfits. CREDIT: ABBA Voyage/D&G

Choreographer Wayne McGregor agreed – detailing what went in to capturing the pop icons’ dance moves and movements.

“We’re using a process called motion capture, which you’ve probably seen in movies,” he said. “We use these little dots to take the maths out your body. We take all these zeroes and ones and put them into a computer and build an avatar. It’s a long process. It captures the essence of you, but then we really have to work into that.

“I was taking dance moves from them – I wouldn’t dare show ABBA dance moves. I just wanted them to be themselves and get them back into their performance energy, because they haven’t performed for a while. Then I had to work with the body doubles to transform some of that amazing physical from the ‘70s into maths and find a way of combining the two.”

Enjoying those weeks of having the band perform and sing before him, McGregor described their time together as “perfect”.

“It’s insane to have those amazing performers sing their whole catalogue in front of you,” he said. “They were so bold, brave and into it. It was really exciting. How amazing is it to have this legacy project where you can see ABBA over and over again? It’s a piece of theatre, a piece of performance, a concert like no other. You really feel like you’re inside the music and that’s fabulous.”

He added: “For this show, the technology marries emotion and brings the emotion of those songs directly into you. I love the fact that audiences can actually come in and dance while watching. I’ll be back, every Friday night!”

Co-executive producer Renck, said that he ranked his experience of working with ABBA among his bucket-list projects of working with Bowie, but “in a very different capacity”.

“My entire upbringing was about music,” he told NME. “Everything that is me is music in one way or another. It’s the most important thing for me ever, and the life journey of being seven or eight-years-old and my mother playing ABBA in the car to being here now is a pretty substantial thing, isn’t it?”

He remained coy about details of the show itself, but said: “I’m not going to tell you anything because it’s better to just come and witness it. It’s a very unique experience in all sorts of ways. Whether you’re an ABBA fan or not.

“I’m using the word ‘experience’ a lot, but it takes you to a place you haven’t been before.”

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We also asked each of the team if they felt that this really could be the last we see of ABBA.

“I think this is the final thing,” replied Gisla. “They’re quite genuine in that, but they’ve said that before. I think this is it. It took a lot to make and it was hard work, from us and from them.”

Walsh also said that he “didn’t think” ABBA would reunite for any projects again, while Renck added: “Who knows? I’m sure that some of these four do not see it as an endgame, in any shape or form. Benny is music, that’s what he lives, breathes and does every day. That’s never going to stop. Whatever iteration that comes out, who knows? But I don’t think there’s any kind of punctuation to be had.”

Watch our full video interview with the creators of ABBA Voyage at the top of the page.

All four members of ABBA also spoke to NME on the red carpet, telling us about the experience of reuniting and what might be on the horizon for the band.

When asked if the concert was a parting gift from the band, Björn Ulvaeus said: “I think this is it. It’s sad to say that but then again, you can always take it back, can’t you? So the answer is, it could be yes, it could be no.”

Meanwhile, Benny Andersson joked: “This is what you’ll see, this is what you’ll get. Then we’ll go home and we’ll sleep.”

In a five star review of ABBA VoyageNME concluded: “Ageing rockers and poppers are bound to imitate the idea, but it’ll be a struggle to come close to the experience of ABBA Voyage. We for one welcome our new ABBAtar overlords, if only for giving these songs back to us in a totally new and joyful way.”

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