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75TourMirrored photo on the tour poster 1974/19751975a

The folkpark tour 1975

The tour

  • Summer tour through Swedish folk parks.
  • Audience: 100,000 altogether, free entrance for children under 7
  • Rehearsals began on June 1 at the Jarla theatre in Stockholm.
  • On the way to the first venue in Skellefteå ABBA stayed at Rämshyttan for some days.
  • Two concerts had to be cancelled and rescheduled because Agnetha was ill.
  • Swedish TV was proposed to tape the tour for a documentary, but they declined. As stated at the fanclub day in April 2016 Universal Music Sweden have no recordings of this tour in their archives, so we only can hope that there still are some official audio recordings elsewhere.
  • Set list

    Set list

    1. Hey, Hey Helen
    2. He Is Your Brother
    3. Hasta Manana
    4. Rock Me
    5. SOS (second verse lead vocal by Frida)
    6. King Kong Song
    7. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong
    8. Sitting In The Palmtree
    9. Intermezzo No. 1 (Agnetha & Frida changed costumes meanwhile)
    10. Rock'n Roll Band (lead vocal by Frida)
    11. I've Been Waiting For You
    12. Honey, Honey
    13. Waterloo
    14. Watch Out
    15. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
    16. So Long
    17. ? Ring, Ring (Encore?)

    Note:

    • Set list based on the fan recording of the concert at Eskilstuna. In ABBA The Book Jean-Marie Potiez writes about 18 songs, i.e. two more than the recording suggests. Because the tour poster mentions Ring, Ring it may be assumed that it actually also was part of the usual set list.
    • Additional elements of the shows were fireworks and soap bubbles.
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  • June 21 – Skellefteå

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    Skellefteå, Folkparken

    Facts & trivia

    • Begin: 20.00
    • Audience: 3,500

    Review

    pressABBA in Skellefteå with thunder and broke

    With 23 people, 24 giant loudspeakers, 30+ colored spotlights, amplifiers, microphones, cords and instruments in the luggage, Sweden’s most famous song group invaded the people's park in Skellefteå on Midsummer Day.
    After seven hours of remodeling, ABBA – Annifrid, Agnetha, Benny and Björn – were able to stand on stage to premiere at their folk park show in 1975.
    – How it feels? Well, I enjoy it, says Björn Ulvaeus. After all, it was not that crazy. But light and sound will never be the way in a public park.
    Even though the primary was carefully planned, it would not really work for the four popidoles. Much electricity and little touch – it’s a combination that is not always successful.
    No other Swedish group invests so hard in light and sound effects. For ABBA’s part, connection diagrams and amperemeter mean as much as notes and notices ...

    Thunder and broke

    For the technical part of the show to work, seven people have been employed with Claes of Geijerstam in the
    lead.
    It takes an average of seven hours to rebuild the stage and four hours to take it down again! You have to build a special ramp among the audience. There the technicians work under the show.
    While Annifrid, Agnetha, Benny and Björn sing in an hour for “Waterloo”, “Honey, Honey”, “SOS” and the other famous listeners, the audience can experience a great game.
    Smoke and thunder, Bengal fires, rockets, saphubbles and a light show jamsides with high-pitched amplifiers – the year something the approximately 3,500 paying young people have hardly experienced in Skellefteå people’s park before!

    57,000 kronor!

    Although they did not have to make any extras, ABBA seems to be overwhelmingly popular with the younger part of the audience. At least 50 guys and girls with cameras and autograph blocks in their hand rushed to the stage.
    ABBA is one of the country's most expensive groups in the public parks. On the midsummer day, the tour could stop SEK 57,000 in the checkout!
    ABBA’s earnings were SEK 41,000. In addition, the organizers have to knock out 16,000 kronor to the technicians and musicians.
    Tommy Schönstedt, Roger C. Åström (foto)  [Google translation]

    Links

    • Norran (Sweden), September 21, 2015 – ABBA-annons får Skellefteborna att bli nostalgiska
    • Norran (Sweden), November 27, 2016 – 10 världsartister som har spelat i Skellefteå (scan of concert review)
  • June 22 – Sunderbyn
  • June 25 – Hudiksvall
  • June 26 – Björneborg
  • June 27 – Borlänge
  • June 28 – Eskilstuna
  • June 30 – Stockholm
  • July 3 – Malmö
  • July 4 – Storebro
  • July 5 – Kristianopel
  • July 6 – Gothenburg
  • July 7 – Borgholm
  • July 8 – Linköping
  • July 9 – Gamleby

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