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The closest to ABBA you ever will get!
With the true original sound and the right matching clothes, Katja Nord & Camilla Hedrén will bring some of the greatest moments in pop history back to life.
The band WATERLOO was formed by Katja Nord and Camilla Dahlin (now Hedrén), and started performing in clubs around Sweden in 1996. Naturally the band immediately began to make exact copies of the famous Waterloo costumes. The former ABBA sax player Ulf Andersson was the band’s guest of honor at the very first Waterloo show.
Katja and Camilla continued to establish themselves on the Swedish market and went to Belgium for their first international performance in 1998. After the concert Katja and Camilla were in a taxi on the way back to the hotel, when the driver suddenly turned around and said; “You look exactly like ABBA!” This speaks for itself. In fact, any person that has had the opportunity to see and listen to Waterloo can agree to that it is a very convincing show. They could easily be taken for the real ABBA.
Norway discovered Waterloo and a long collaboration started in 2000, establishing Waterloo as the number one ABBA band in Norway. Later the same year Katja and Camilla were selected as one of the ten competitors in the European Soundmix Contest, “Stars in Euro Eyes” which was held in Manchester. The final was broadcast in the U.K., reaching over 16 million viewers. In 2001 Waterloo started to collaborate with the Danish production company CS Entertainment ApS (www.csb.dk) and produced ABBA – The Show: the story of ABBA presented by Waterloo together with National Symphony Orchestra of London, conducted by Matthew Freeman. During fall 2001, ABBA – The Show played a 3-week concert-house tour through Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Houses were sold out and the reviews saluted the concept.
In 2002 Waterloo continued doing a lot of festivals and company shows in Scandinavia. During the spring of 2002 they did a second tour with ABBA – The Show, this time to Estonia, Sweden, and Denmark. CS Entertainment also opened the doors for the concept in the U.S., and a 2-week Eastern-U.S. tour happened during the summer of 2002. ABBA – The Music was performed for over 20,000 people, and original ABBA band members were added to the show as guests of honor. Several houses were sold out, and the tour was a success that led to a return in October, this time to Arizona.
During the nasty winter weather in 2004, Waterloo went on a short promotional tour to the Philippines, hoping to get a day on the beach – but no! They were met with four hectic days of TV performances, press conferences, radio interviews, two packed concerts, and the associated autograph hunters.
The Philippines were followed by a very successful promotional tour in Holland. ABBA’s Official International Fan Club saw the show and was thrilled, appointing ABBA – The Show as the “Best ABBA tribute show in the world.” Not bad at all!
For the third year in a row, they flew across the Atlantic Ocean for yet another ABBA – The Music U.S. tour. The sold-out opening show was held at no less than the distinguished Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Waterloo was now established as the United States’ No. 1 ABBA tribute band!
A very successful Dutch tour in the spring of 2005 led to another week of touring in Holland during the fall. For that tour Waterloo had the honor of presenting yet another of ABBA’s original musicians, Lasse Wellander. This was very flattering, as Waterloo is the only ABBA tribute band he has agreed to perform with.
In 2007, Waterloo’s career reached new heights when they performed ABBA – The Show to a sold-out crowd at the prestigious and world famous Royal Albert Hall in London. The Royal Albert Hall show was the kick-off for a German Arena tour. ABBA – The Show toured Italy, the U.K., Korea, Japan, India, Mexico, the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand during 2008.
For the future, Waterloo will continue to build the band as the most professional ABBA group on the market. The sky is the limit, as the saying goes. Their goal is to keep and grow their already established market in Scandinavia, Holland, Spain, and the U.S., as well as continuing to build their market in Germany and the U.K.
Former original ABBA band members that have contributed to ABBA – The Show are: Rutger Gunnarsson (bass), Ola Brunkert (drums), Ulf Andersson (sax), Mats Ronander (guitar and vocals), Lasse Wellander (guitar), Roger Palm (drums), and Finn Sjöberg (guitar).