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2 January 1970
Syd Barrett's debut solo album, The Madcap Laughs, was released in the UK, and reached No. 40 in the charts. Tracklisting: Terrapin; No Good Trying; Love You; No Man's Land; Dark Globe; Here I Go; Octopus; Golden Hair; Long Gone; She Took A Long Cold Look; Feel; If It's In You; Late Night.

10 January 1970
Pink Floyd began a 16-date UK and French tour, commencing at University of Nottingham and ending at Leeds University on 28 February. The tour included two gigs in Paris, and the set list included an early version of the piece later known as Atom Heart Mother.

1 March 1970
The band began a week-long recording session at London's Abbey Road studios.

6 March 1970
Pink Floyd were filmed playing for the BBC arts programme 'Line Up'.

11 March 1970
Pink Floyd's eight-date European tour began at Stadthalle, Offenbach, West Germany, and ended on 21 March at Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark. The set list included Atom Heart Mother.

18 March 1970
Michelangelo Antonioni's counter-culture movie Zabriskie Point was premiered in New York.

9 April 1970
Pink Floyd's 18-date US tour commenced at New York's Filmore East and ended at New Orleans' Warehouse after the final two scheduled shows in Houston and Dallas were cancelled. The tour included an hour-long live performance filmed by the PBS TV Network in San Francisco.

29 May 1970
The soundtrack to Zabriskie Point was released in the UK, and failed to chart. The tracklisting included three previously unreleased Pink Floyd songs: Come In Number 51 Your Time Is Up; Crumbling Land; and Heart Beat Pig Meat.

27 June 1970
Pink Floyd headlined the second night of the 'Bath Festival Of Blues & Progressive Music'. Their late-night set included Atom Heart Mother, which is introduced to the audience under the title of 'The Amazing Pudding'. The band were augmented by The John Aldiss Choir and The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. One of the brass players later recalled accidentally spilling a pint of beer into their tuba before the performance began.

28 June 1970
Pink Floyd appeared at the Holland Pop Festival in Rotterdam, arriving on stage at 4am.

18 July 1970
Pink Floyd headlined 'Blackhill's Garden Party', a free concert organised by the band's former managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King, in London's Hyde Park. The band were, again, joined by The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and The John Aldiss Choir; tracks played included Atom Heart Mother and Careful With That Axe, Eugene.

26 July 1970
Pink Floyd, their crew, friends and families rented a villa in St Tropez. The band were scheduled to play a handful of festivals in France, but many were cancelled due to civil unrest. Their final date took place on 12 August at a Roman amphitheatre in St Raphael, France.

26 September 1970
Pink Floyd's North American tour began at Philadelphia's Electric Factory and ended on 25 October at the Boston Tea Party.

2 October 1970
Pink Floyd's fourth studio album Atom Heart Mother was released in the UK, and reached No. 1 in the charts. Tracklisting: Atom Heart Mother; If; Summer '68; Fat Old Sun; Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast. The name of the cow on the album's front cover was Lulubelle III.

10 October 1970
Atom Heart Mother was released in the US and reached No. 55 in the charts.

6 November 1970
Pink Floyd returned to Europe for a 13-date tour of Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland.

14 November 1970
Syd Barrett's second solo album, Barrett, produced by David Gilmour and Richard Wright, was released in the UK, but fails to chart. Tracklisting: Baby Lemonade; Love Song; Dominoes; It Is Obvious; Rats; Maisie; Gigolo Aunt; Waving My Arms In The Air; I Never Lied To You; Wined And Dined; Wolfpack; Effervescing Elephant.

11 December 1970
Pink Floyd finished the year with a six-date UK tour beginning at Brighton's Regent Theatre and ending on 22 December at Sheffield City Hall.