SWEDEN – Helena Paparizou had a huge surprise on the morning of April 25, announcing in her social media the reunification of Antique for a single concert in July in Sweden. More specifically, Helena Paparizou and Nikos Panagiotidis will appear together on stage for the first time in about 16 years on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the popular duo, which began its career in April 1999 and has enjoyed a huge pan-European success.
Antique will appear “for a single night” in Gothenburg and specifically at Slottsskogsvallen on July 13, at the Vi som älskar 90 talet festival (“Who Love’s The90’s”). Get your tickets now
In 1999, some DJ friends of Elena Paparizou’s brother asked her to make a demo of the Notis Sfakianakis hit “Opa Opa”. Paparizou told them that the lyrics are for a man, so she asked to sing it with her childhood friend Nikos Panagiotidis, whom she had met through her siblings at a Greek diaspora celebration in Stockholm.
At that time, some record producers were undergoing a project to sign a duo consisting of a male and a female that would sing covers of traditional Greek hits oriented towards the Greek diaspora of Sweden, finally coming in contact with Paparizou, who recommended Panagiotidis; they formed Antique and were signed to newly formed indie label Bonnier Music, settling on the name because it left an impression of being “classic” and “timeless”.
Paparizou admitted that Greek music had been something of an acquired taste for her, and that the name “Antique” was probably a reflection of her childhood impression of it being something rather distant and old-fashioned; something that she only really associated with her summer holidays in Greece.
Their debut single “Opa Opa” became a hit amongst the Greeks in Sweden and eventually entered the top ten in Sweden and Norway, making them the first act to enter into the Swedish top five with a song sung in Greek. Their later singles “Dinata Dinata”, “Follow Me”, and “Moro Mou” also charted well.