Thursday, March 3rd, 1977

I took these photos from our vantage point in the main grandstand at Sydney Showground. The first photo on the left was probably taken not long after my mother, sister and I arrived at around 5 p.m. The middle photo was probably an hour or so later, as the crowd braving the rain in the arena started to grow. I'm not sure what I was trying to achieve with the photo on the right.

The stepped wall behind the stage had flagpoles on each level. Each of the flagpoles had an ABBA flag, as seen unfurling at the start of 'Fernando' in ABBA - THE MOVIE.

The camera was a Kodak Instamatic, 125 square format. I took some photos during the concert, but being in the dark and without a flash all that came out on each negative was a tiny coloured square. 

The rest of these photos were kindly supplied by Sydney fan Adrian Zorec. 

This is Adrian's view of the stage from the other grandstand after arriving. This photo shows ABBA's entourage arriving behind the stage. The roar from the crowds in the grandstands who could see the cars driving in was overwhelming!

Unlike me, Adrian got down onto the arena floor. This photo shows the crowd and the main grandstand that I was in.

And this is how Adrian got to see the concert, unlike me, stuck in the grandstand, watching through binoculars.

I love these photos. Though the are not very clear or very close, you can clearly see ABBA on stage, but you can also see the rain. These photos really capture the essence of the night, being there in the rain experiencing ABBA in concert.

The Concert
Memories of ABBA's 1977 Australian Tour
The Australian Tour Gallery

©2008 by Ian Cole, Sydney Australia
Please do not reproduce these personal photographs.