ABBA fans refuse to let the rain dampen their spirits at socially distanced concert

DAILYMAIL – ABBA-lovers have spent the evening singing along to the Swedish pop supergroup’s top hits inside their own socially distanced ‘picnic patches’ – despite drizzle threatening to put a dampener on festivities.

Revellers donned elaborate costumes at Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire, on Saturday night for the two-hour recreation of ABBA’s final concert.

Tickets included a ‘designated and socially distanced “picnic patch” – available for two, four or six people’.

One group was pictured wearing luminous yellow waterproof ponchos over flared trousers as heavy grey clouds threatened their picnic spread.

When the rain stopped the ponchos were removed to uncover elaborate ensembles including a skin-tight flared jumpsuit worn over wellies.

Others held their umbrellas aloft – refusing to let the rain dampen the mood.

As the sun set the crowd got to their feet to dance and sing along to the words of some of the most famous songs of the 70s. ABBA Mania, described as a West End tribute Act, ‘has been delighting audiences of all ages since it’s formation in 1999, selling out United Kingdom (UK) theatres nationally,’ according to its website.

Tamsin Stewart is Agnetha Fältskog, Joanne Harper is Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Duncan Walsh-Atkins is Benny Andersson and Justin Brett is Björn Ulvaeus in the tribute act. ABBA was formed in Stockholm in 1972 and rose to fame after winning the Eurovision song contest in 1974.

A performance at the concert