Jarvis Cocker announced as narrator for new ABBA exhibition

Jarvis Cocker © Jean-Baptiste Mondino

BBC 6 Music presenter, musician and actor Jarvis Cocker has recorded an audio narrative for Southbank Centre’s upcoming exhibition ABBA: Super Troupers.

Documenting the rise of the Swedish pop phenomenon and their legacy, the new exhibition will provide viewers with immersive guided tours narrated by Cocker and scripted by journalist Jude Rogers.

In 2007, Cocker said, “I love Abba. You love Abba. My love began when my sister bought Arrival in 1976 and played it non-stop for the next six months.”

Set to open at the Southbank Centre on 14 December, ABBA’s original costumes will be on display, along with handwritten notes, personal photographs, instruments and films by collaborators, such as director Lasse Hallström. Theatrical scenes of a 70s disco, the Polar music studio and the Brighton hotel where the group celebrated their Eurovision win will form the backdrop of the exhibition.

ABBA’s Frida Lyngstad said in a press statement, “We are so excited that the exhibition is taking place at the Southbank Centre, which is just a few short steps away from Waterloo – this connection brings to mind very happy memories of the song that started our great success in Britain!”

Group member Björn Ulvaeus said, “Since our songs, which were written in the 70s, are still being played today it’s particularly interesting that the Southbank Centre exhibition is placing them in the temporal context in which they were created.”

Super Troupers has been produced by Southbank Centre and Entertainment Exhibitions International AB, in association with ABBA. The exhibition will run until 29 April 2018, as part of Southbank Centre’s Wintertime and their programme of Nordic arts and culture.

You can purchase tickets to view the exhibition via their website.