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Golden Oldies by Rachel Johnson - Avatars: nearly live music

Arts | By Rachel Johnson

Not the real thing: ABBA avatars

Golden Oldies RACHEL JOHNSON Avatars – nearly live music Video was supposed to have killed the radio star. But who last slotted a video cassette tape into a clunky player, eh? And now radio and audio are totes boomtastic, thanks to the smartphone. S Eliot reading The Waste Land to shouty talk radio is coming in your ears on demand. Over 73 per cent of podcasts are consumed on our smartphones. Tempted though I am to plug my own radio show and podcast (the competition for eardrums is white-hot), we don’t have world enough and time to cover the audioscape. We do have the bandwidth to note another phenomenon as we head into 2023: the avatar. So much going on here. In no particular order, Abba Voyage showcases ‘ABBAtars’ of the Swedish foursome. This sell-out show is the brainchild of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid, who spent five weeks in...

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