ABBA Voyage: reviews of new 2021 album, songs - and how to get tickets to the 2022 concert

The tracklist for the new album features songs like Little Things, I Still Have Faith In You and Ode To Freedom  

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Voyage, the new album from Swedish quartet ABBA was one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, marking the first new material from the group in almost four decades.

As well as releasing an album, ABBA also announced the Voyage concert, an experience that “blurs the lines between real and the digital”.

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What’s the Voyage tracklist?

In early September, the official tracklist for Voyage was released by the official ABBA Twitter account.

The tracklist goes as follows:

  • I Still Have Faith In You
  • When You Danced With Me
  • Little Things
  • Just A Notion
  • I Can Be That Woman 
  • Keep An Eye On Dan
  • Bumblebee
  • No Doubt About It
  • Ode To Freedom  

What are reviews saying?

So far, critics have released fairly mixed reviews in regards to the highly anticipated new album.

Helen Brown, from the Independent, gave the album four out of five stars, and wrote: “[Voyage is] a terrific, family-friendly smorgasbord of a record that delivers all the classic ABBA flavours.”

On the other hand, Jude Rogers from the Guardian, gave the new offering from ABBA a much less generous rating of two out of five stars in a review titled “No thank you for the music”.

“Rather than reflecting poignantly on the past, much of the rest of Voyage feels terminally stuck there,” she wrote.

ABBA embracing after winning the Eurovision Song Contest (Photo: PA)

The Times reviewer Ed Potton had kinder things to say about the album, with a four out of five star rating, writing: “Voyage is a reassuringly familiar blend of clear-eyed sentiment, outrageous musicality and utter indifference to fashion.”

Ben Cardew from Pitchfork also had positive things to say, writing: “A second-string ABBA record is far better than most pop groups can muster, and Voyage is the rare post-reformation album to build upon the band’s legacy without abandoning what we loved about their classic records in the first place.”

NME reviewer Nick Levine gave Voyage a middle of the road review with a rating of three out of five stars.

“There are some bumpy moments along the way, but this ‘Voyage’ is a nostalgia trip worth taking,” he wrote.

How to get tickets for the 2022 concert

ABBA Voyage the concert is described as a performance “like no other”.

The announcement for the concert states: “Join us for a concert 40 years in the making. A concert that combines the old and new, the young and not-so-young. A concert that has brought all four of us together again.

“ABBA Voyage is the long-awaited concert from one of the biggest pop acts of all time. See ABBA’s avatars accompanied by a 10-piece live band, in a custom-built arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.”

So while the four members of ABBA will not be physically present during the concert, you’ll see their avatars (or ABBA-tars) performing.

Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, of the Swedish band Abba (Photo: PA)

Concert tickets went live at 10am on Tuesday 7 September, with pre-sale tickets available the day before on Monday 6 September at 10am.

There are three types of tickets available:

  • Dance floor, which is standing only
  • Auditorium seating, which allows you to choose from a variety of seats across a range of different prices
  • Dance booth, which is for one of the eight Dance Booths available which holds up to 10 or up to 12 people depending on the booth. The Dance Booths are flexible spaces, meaning you can book an individual seat in a both, or a whole booth. Each booth has seating and its very own dance floor 

Accessible tickets are available for wheelchair users or ambulant disabled visitors, and accessible companion tickets are also available for essential companions of disabled concert-goers.

The position next to the accessible ticket purchase should be chosen when booking where available.

You can get tickets from the official ticket vendor Ticketmaster, where you’ll be able to see how many tickets are available for each performance.

The first concert will take place on 27 May 2022 at 7:45pm and with new dates added for October, November and December, the last will take place on 4 December 2022 at 5pm.

The tickets for ABBA Voyage will be e-tickets, meaning you won’t be sent any physical tickets. Don’t panic if you don’t receive your e-tickets immediately after purchasing - Ticketmaster says that this is a “security feature” and that they will appear in your account five days before the concert.

You are able to transfer tickets you’ve bought as a gift by logging into your Ticketmaster account and clicking the “transfer ticket” option. The person you’re transferring the tickets to will also need a Ticketmaster account.

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The tracklist goes as follows:

  • I Still Have Faith In You
  • When You Danced With Me
  • Little Things
  • Just A Notion
  • I Can Be That Woman 
  • Keep An Eye On Dan
  • Bumblebee
  • No Doubt About It
  • Ode To Freedom  
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