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4 January 1971
Pink Floyd began a week-long stint at Abbey Road studios, with engineers John Leckie and Peter Bown, recording ideas for their next album, Meddle.

23 January 1971
Pink Floyd began a five-date tour of the UK's university circuit, beginning at Leeds University and ending at Queen Mary College, Twickenham.

22 February 1971
Pink Floyd's European tour commenced at Halle Munsterland, Munster, West Germany. The second half of the gig was nearly cancelled when the band discovered that the musical score for Atom Heart Mother (needed by their brass section) had been left behind in Dusseldorf.

8 April 1971
Pink Floyd returned to Abbey Road for a week's recording session. Further recording sessions took place throughout the month.

14 May 1971
A Pink Floyd compilation album Relics was released in the UK, and reached No. 32 in the charts. Tracklisting: Arnold Layne; Interstellar Overdrive; See Emily Play; Remember A Day; Paintbox; Julia Dream; Careful With That Axe, Eugene; Cirrus Minor; The Nile Song; Biding My Time; Bike.

15 May 1971
Pink Floyd headlined 'The Garden Party' at London's Crystal Palace Bowl, playing to an audience of 15,000. The band's party-piece included the appearance of a large inflatable octopus in the lake in front of the stage.

4 June 1971
Pink Floyd's six-date European tour commenced in Dusseldorf, West Germany, and ended on 20 June in Rome, Italy. The Rome date marked the last time the band performed Astronomy Dominé live until 1994's The Division Bell tour.

22 June 1971
Pink Floyd's scheduled appearance at the 'Glastonbury Fayre' at Worthy Farm failed to take place because the band's equipment was delayed in Europe.

17 July 1971
Relics was released in the US, and reached No. 153 in the charts.

19 July 1971
Pink Floyd decamped from Abbey Road to North London's Morgan Sound studios to continue work on Meddle, including final mixes for the track Echoes.

6 August 1971
Pink Floyd played their debut gig in Japan at Hakone, on a festival bill that also included the 1910 Fruit Gum Company and Buffy Sainte Marie.

13 August 1971
Floyd made their Australian debut at the Melbourne Festival Hall. Part of the band's performance at Sydney's Randwick Racecourse on 15 August was filmed for an Australian TV show.

30 September 1971
Pink Floyd's performance at London's Paris Theatre was recorded for BBC Radio One's 'Sounds Of The '70s' show.

4 October 1971
Pink Floyd began four days of filming at the Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii. The film, directed by Adrian Maben, and eventually titled Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii, went on general release in the UK in 1972.

15 October 1971
Pink Floyd began a 27-date North American tour at San Francisco's Winterland Auditorium, ending at Cincinnati Ohio's Taft Auditorium. The set list included their epic new composition Echoes.

30 October 1971
Pink Floyd's album Meddle was released in the US, a week ahead of the UK. It reached No. 70 in the charts.

5 November 1971
Pink Floyd's Meddle was released in the UK and reached No. 3 in the charts. Tracklisting: One Of These Days; A Pillow Of Winds; Fearless; San Tropez; Seamus; Echoes.

29 November 1971
Pink Floyd spent two weeks at Decca Studios in West Hampstead, writing and recording ideas for a new piece with the working title of 'Eclipse'.

13 December 1971
Pink Floyd undertook a week of additional filming and recording in Paris for what became Live At Pompeii.