International ABBA Day - 29 March 2014
The International Fan Gathering
ABBA Day 2014 visitors were treated to:
- a special souvenir gift - a unique Waterloo CD-single especially produced for the Fan Club;
- an exclusive presentation of The Official Photo Book by Jeppe Wikström;
- an amazing interview with Ingmarie Halling about her book Backstage Stories;
- an interview with the lovely Carl Magnus Palm, who is a favourite with the fans for sure;
- book signing sessions by various authors of ABBA books, including the above and more...;
- a 15th anniversay exhibition of Mamma Mia!;
- a Waterloo exhibition – 40 years since ABBA's D-day.
Report by Andre Hyde
However, there was one experience that I had missed out on; I had not been to Roosendaal. Asperger Syndrome played a large part in this, with a fear of crowds and social situations. Last year, I came to the realisation that the ABBA Weekend was something that every ABBA fan should do at least once.
I was somewhat nervous and nearly chickened out, thinking to myself, I cannot do this, but I got on the train on Friday and caught up with friends. Together, we travelled to Roosendaal and checked into our hotels.
Saturday, of course, was the main event. The first surprise was the exclusive souvenir single at the door, and then I felt like a kid in a sweet shop as I walked around looking at everything people had for sale. How I wished I could win the Lottery - instantly… I managed to find the two vinyl singles I had been looking for – Ljuva Sextital by Brita Borg and Agnetha's It's So Nice To Be Rich. I bought a few other items, including ABBA – The Treasures and had it signed by Ingmarie Halling. The next couple of hours were spent talking to other fans and convincing myself that I did not need to spend any more money on ABBA. There was temptation everywhere…
I had a great weekend – just loved it. I am so glad I got over my fears and finally made it to Roosendaal.
I just cannot wait for next year...