Björn Again is an ABBA tribute act created in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia by Rod Stephen and John Tyrrell and in the words of ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson “BJÖRN AGAIN are the closest you can get to seeing ABBA. ABBA will never reform!”
After the first Björn Again show at a pub in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood called The Tote Hotel on 6 May 1989 the show’s popularity increased quickly, which first took the group Australia-wide and then overseas to international acclaim.
Björn Again has also occasionally covered songs by other artists. When Erasure produced an EP of ABBA covers called Abba-esque, Björn Again responded with an EP of covers of Erasure songs done in the style of ABBA, called Erasure-ish. The EP included the songs “Stop!” and “A Little Respect” that achieved Number 25 on the UK charts in September 1992. Also in 1992, the band did a cover of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town and in August 2009 the band covered Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ during their set at the Sonisphere Festival in tribute to the headlining act.
Björn Again has performed at festivals worldwide including Reading and Glastonbury, to private performances for celebrities, including playing at parties for top UK golfer Colin Montgomerie, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, comedian Rowan Atkinson and actor Russell Crowe’s wedding.
On 1 May 1998 Björn Again performed a show in the Royal Albert Hall. They performed 11 of ABBA’s famous songs. The concert was sold out very quickly.
In 1999 the UK Bjorn Again took part in a documentary for Channel 5 entitled “ABBA: Bjorn Again!”, this included following the band as they toured the UK. The documentary explored the history of the band. Throughout the programme the band spoke in their “Swedish” accents.