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February 24, 2022

Amazing Black and White Photos of Gärdet Music Festival in 1970

The party at Gärdet, Gärdesfesten or Gärdetfestivalen was a free music festival that was arranged at Gärdet in Stockholm on two occasions during the year 1970.

The first party at Gärdet was organized between 12 and 14 June 1970, inspired by the Monterey Pop Festival and the Woodstock Festival as a cultural-political manifestation. The festival was organized without applying for a permit. Bands such as Gunder Hägg, Träd, Gräs och Stenar, Solen skiner, Gudibrallan, Love Explosion and Arbete & Fritid played. The party at Gärdet came to function as something of a unifying starting point for the left-wing progressive music movement that has come to be known as the prog.

The second party at Gärdet was organized between 20 and 23 August the same year, and in addition to many of the bands that have already participated in the first party, bands such as Turid, Fläsket brinner, Samla Mammas Manna, Södra Bergens Balalaikor, NJA-group (later Fria Pro ), The Basics of European Dissatisfaction.

These amazing photos were taken by Sten-Åke Stenberg that show the Gärdet music festival in Stockholm in 1970.


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