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Wednesday 20 March 2024

Brighton Dome Celebrates Fifty Years Since City-Based Historic Eurovision Win

Fifty years ago, ABBA made history on stage at Brighton Dome's Concert Hall as winners of the 19th Eurovision Song Contest, as their entry, Waterloo, scored twenty-four points and catapulted the Swedish band on to worldwide fame.
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Brighton Dome will mark the 50th anniversary of this iconic moment with the unveiling of a plaque on the venue"s exterior on Thursday 4th April at 12pm, celebrating the important part ABBA's victory plays in its history.

The installation of the plaque coincides with the recent reopening of Brighton Dome's Grade I and Grade II listed Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre following a major 6-year refurbishment. 

The project included substantial restoration and upgrades to both spaces, including conserving vital heritage features and improving the visitor experience and facilities for artists and audiences alike. 

An interactive digital timeline has also been installed, allowing visitors to explore Brighton Dome's rich heritage – including the ABBA win – plus new dressing rooms include one named Waterloo.

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, says:

"50 years since their Eurovision win, ABBA's music continues to bring people together across the world and we're thrilled that Brighton Dome has played a part in their story. 

"The city of Brighton & Hove is eclectic and inclusive in its creativity – much like Eurovision – and Brighton Dome has been at its cultural heart for more than 200 years. 

"It is fitting that, as we celebrate the reopening of the restored and upgraded Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, we commemorate the moment that cemented Brighton Dome"s place in pop history and made the venue an iconic space throughout the UK and beyond."

On Saturday 6th April, Eurovision royalty will once again grace the Concert Hall stage with Gold, an evening of ABBA's greatest hits plus music from the Eurovision songbook hosted by Sweden's 1999 Eurovision winner Charlotte Perelli.  

In the Studio Theatre, Dynamite Waterloo is an ABBA-fuelled party that will bring together legendary Brighton entertainer Boogaloo Stu, DJ Dynamite Sal, dance troupe Sparklemotion and cabaret singer Dolly Rocket. 

An afternoon of back-to-back ABBA hits, plus singing and dancing, the event will also feature internationally acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat and sax-playing drag queen Snow White Trash, who will join the stage for an ABBA tribute like no other.

Throughout the weekend, families can attend craft workshops, teaching children and their parents and carers how to make and animate table-top puppets based on the Swedish supergroup. Each session will end with a group ABBA-themed dance-athon for participants and their puppets.
 
For more information, visit brightondome.org

by: Mike Cobley



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