ABBA Voyage 2023: Fans BANNED from wearing afro wigs; here’s why

Picture taken in 1974 in Stockholm shows the Swedish pop group Abba with its members (L-R) Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus posing after winning the Swedish branch of the Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Waterloo". - Sweden's legendary disco group ABBA announced on April 27, 2018 that they have reunited to record two new songs, 35 years after their last single. The quartet split up in 1982 after dominating the disco scene for more than a decade with hits like "Waterloo", "Dancing Queen", "Mamma Mia" and "Super Trouper". (Photo by Olle LINDEBORG / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read OLLE LINDEBORG/AFP via Getty Images)

Many fans are excited to attend ABBA’s upcoming concerts; some have already planned their costumes and outfits to match the event’s vibe. However, you should reconsider if you intend to attend their concert dressed in a 70s-inspired outfit.

According to the Daily Mail UK, concertgoers are excited to wear their vintage outfits to the band’s upcoming “Voyage” shows, but event promoters have announced that afro wigs will be prohibited.

In an e-mail sent to attendees by the show’s organizers, promoters noted that many of the fans wanted to get into the spirit of the hologram concert by dressing up for the occasion. Conversely, supporters were asked not to wear afro wigs because they are “culturally insensitive.”

The letter reads:

“These wigs are culturally insensitive and not appropriate to be worn as fancy dress. If any guests are wearing this style of wig they will be respectfully asked to remove them as a condition of entry to the arena,”

A fan named Jennifer Barlow told the outlet that she recently attended a concert where she noticed many people dressed up.

She clarified that no one was being offensive by dressing up as a tribute to the band, adding:

“It’s a shame that we are now so frightened to offend people that we are taking life too seriously.”

The wigs have been prohibited from the event since the start of the hologram concert last year, according to the outlet, and the rule is posted in their “frequently asked questions” section.

The band, or at least their virtual selves, have been performing for the ABBA Voyage in London. The holographic versions of members Agnetha Faltskig, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, AKA Frida, and Benny Andersson appear in the series of concerts.

The concert lasts 90 minutes and is accompanied by a live band. The virtual members, dubbed “Abbatars,” will perform over 22 songs, including hits such as “Mamma Mia,” “Waterloo,” and many more.

The show will run until January 2024, and producers hope to bring ABBA Voyage to international stages for a world tour in the future.

This website has tickets and more information about hologram concerts.