Abba’s alive! And they’re still touring! ;-) At least they were last year, on the 21st of July at a small National Trust property near Newcastle.
4000 people on Friday Night drinking, dancing and having a lot of fun. Most of them were dressed up as members of Abba, jolly good ;-)
Together with the other long-term volunteers and my mentor I was in the car parking team, responsible for minibuses and dropping off. I was based at the gate to the property, having to ask every single car “Are you staying or dropping off?” With 4000 people to come there were loads of cars. At the end I found myself not even listening to the answer, because there was just one car after the other. The funniest part was when people had VIP tickets or were allowed to drive to the disabled car park. First I had to tell them to put on their “hazard lights”. I didn’t know the word before and most people didn’t know where to put them on in their car, unbelievable. My French roommate hated that part, she couldn’t pronounce the word “hazard” without this very strong French accent she normally didn’t have anymore. Then I had to talk into one of my two walki-talkies, with everyone of the event team and staff listening. How embarrassing.
The good thing about the parking job was that after the concert started, we could go and have a look ourselves. That’s living Europe: British, Dutch, Germans, French and Portuguese people sitting on the ground, eating Fish’n Chips and singing along to Abba.
We missed the fireworks though, British people tend to leave early enough to miss the rush. Like Germans.