Stockholm Municipality saves ABBA’s ‘legendary’ recording studio Baggpipe from demolition
The future of Baggpipe Studios, the Stockholm-based studio that once hosted the Beatles and became the unofficial home of ABBA in the early 1970s, faces a brighter future.
For several years, the fate of the future studio, created in 1969, has been in limbo.
In 2019, property developers reported Give me ! Give me ! Give me ! on the land on which Baggpipe Studios stood, with plans drawn up to replace it with a seven-story building.
The studio sent a SOS, and now the city of Stockholm has responded.
The municipality decided to halt the process due to the building’s “historical and cultural values and its technical prominence as one of the world’s most beloved analog recording studios,” Baggpipe said in a statement. hurry.
The decision was made on December 20, but has only just been publicly announced.
Baggpipe calls its HQ a “sister studio to Abbey Road” and was built as an acoustic copy of the famous London studio, which was acquired by Universal Music Group as part of its takeover of EMI Music in 2012.
Baggpipe is where ABBA made their first recordings, and other artists who worked there include Roxette, One Direction, Lady Gaga, Swedish House Mafia, Wyclef Jean and Beyoncé, to name a few.
According to Bagpipe, five Billboard No.1 songs were produced there.
The studio’s website also adds that the space was originally built as a 460-seat movie theater called “Kaza” in 1939 and was converted into a studio in 1969.
“we are able to continue to contribute to the development of Swedish culture and above all to continue to strengthen the international image of Sweden as a true musical nation.”
Mikael Gordon Solfors, Baggpipe Studios
Mikael Gordon Solfors, Chairman of the Board of Baggpipe Studios, said: “We cannot show our gratitude and happiness enough that the decision makers in Stockholm Municipality understand the value of the facilities we use and the thousands of work opportunities we offer around the world.
“And that apart from the purely cultural values, the unique recording technology and the history that lives within these walls. Without this place, we still wouldn’t be churning out relevant global hits on a daily basis.
“Now we are able to continue to contribute to the development of Swedish culture and above all to continue to strengthen the international image of Sweden as a true musical nation.
In 2017, Abbey Road signed a major licensing deal with China-based streaming service developer Tencent Music.
At the time, the two companies also announced a plan to design, build and develop Abbey Road Studios China, a state-of-the-art recording and mastering facility, but no further development plans were announced. was announced.
Last year, Abbey Road Studios acquired Audiomovers, a remote music production and collaboration technology start-up.
“We send our sincere regards to everyone who has supported us over the years.”The music industry around the world