Let the music take you there…where you can have the time of your life with people clad in glitter and lycra singing, dancing, strutting and swaggering to anthems like Dancing Queen, Fernando and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme.
In what could possibly be the highest concentration of white boots ever seen within a 2km radius, Trundle’s population increased 10 times on Saturday as ABBA fans descended for the fifth and biggest ABBA festival to date.
The 60m wide main street and famous Trundle Pub overflowed as a massive crowd of over 5,000 gathered for the world record attempt for most number of people dancing on Trundle’s streets. Cheered on by Parkes band, Amity, the crowd took to the beat of Dancing Queen with their arms swaying in the air as a photographer tried to capture it for the history books.
“It was one of the highlights of the festival for me. Amity was wonderful,” said an exhausted but very happy Gary Crowley on Monday. As co-ordinator of the ABBA Festival, he said the record attempt was a way of getting the crowd together. “We try and do something new every year. Compared to a total 1,500 people last year, it was a very pleasing crowd,” said Gary. He attributed the tripling in numbers this year to a phenomenal advertising campaign.
The good news for fans is that the most successful ABBA tribute band of all time, Bjorn Again, will be back next year. “They absolutely love it here, especially the Rock ‘n Roll set-up of the concert. It is so different to most of their shows which are mostly corporate events,”
Another crowd pleaser were Dancing With The Stars regular dancers, Alana Patience and Carmelo Pizzino with their professional dancing exhibition. Missed out? Don’t worry, tickets are already on sale for next year’s sequin studded event!
By Maggi Barnard