ABBA Win Eurovision

Swedish Pop Group ABBA, Brighton, England (1974). Photographer: Roy Bedell
Swedish Pop Group ABBA, Brighton, England (1974). Photographer: Roy Bedell

On 6 April 1974 Swedish pop group ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Waterloo'. The competition was held in Brighton, England. Luxembourg had won the competition in both 1972 and 1973 but refused to hold the event in 1974 due to the expense. The BBC agreed to fund the contest which took place at the Brighton Dome.

RTÉ photographer Roy Bedell was in Brighton to cover the event and captured many photos of the now iconic band. The photographs were used in an RTÉ Guide article on the aftermath of the contest. Presented here is a selection of the photographs from that shoot.

For Bjorn, Agnetha, Anni-Frid and Benny, winning the competition meant international exposure, sell-out tours, and millions of record sales. 

Eurovision Song Contest entrants (1974)Eurovision Song Contest Entrants (1974) © RTÉ Archives 2500/021
Entrants in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, pose for photographers outside the Brighton Pavilion, England. ABBA can be seen in the centre of shot standing on either side of Olivia Newton-John, the United Kingdom's representative. 

ABBA (1974) on Brighton Beach
ABBA on Brighton Beach (1974) © RTÉ Archives 2123/035

ABBA in Brighton (1974)
ABBA in Brighton (1974) © RTÉ Archives 2123/038

ABBA pose with a mounted policeman (1974)
ABBA pose with a mounted policeman (1974) © RTÉ Archives 2500/012

ABBA at a pond on the Brighton Waterfront (1974)
ABBA at a pond on the Brighton Waterfront (1974) © RTÉ Archives 2500/018

ABBA win Eurovision Song Contest (1974)
ABBA win Eurovision Song Contest (1974) © RTÉ Archives 2500/019

ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest (1974)
ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest (1974) © RTÉ Archives 2062/034

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