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Little Boots and James Righton to play in virtual Abba’s real backing band

By | Published on Tuesday 7 September 2021

Abba (Credit: Baillie Walsh)

Little Boots and Klaxons’ James Righton have revealed that they will be taking up roles as part of the backing band for Abba’s ‘Voyage’ live show next year. Righton also had a hand in finding the other eight members of the group, who will back the virtual version of the Swedish pop legends.

“I had an incredible/fun/magical/surreal time helping Benny and Bjorn find the ten-piece band for the reunion”, wrote Righton on Instagram. “I can safely say that the musicians chosen and the band that has been formed is the best group of musicians I’ve ever heard play together in a room. There is serious chemistry and vibe”.

Little Boots – real name Victoria Hesketh – added in her own post: “My love for the songs of Abba runs hard and deep, there is no other songwriting I have been more inspired by throughout my career, in my opinion it is the most life-affirming, heart wrenching, joyful, liberating, powerful pop music on the planet”.

“It has already been a dream to spend time in the studio with my musical heroes”, she continued. “I am beyond excited for this journey to continue and to have the privilege of performing these songs with a group of the most incredible musicians I have ever played with. The sound of this band will give you goosebumps!⁠⁠

Singer Raya has also confirmed that she will be part of the band.

Abba, of course, announced last week that they will launch a new live show, with digital versions of themselves appearing on stage, in May next year.