Straight Edge

Umeå Hardcore Archive

Back in the 1990s the Umeå hardcore scene was strongly associated with the animal rights and the straight edge movement. Spearheaded by bands such as Refused, Abhinanda and Separation this put Umeå on the world map. As of this day, Umeå is still regarded as a music town.

In 2011, Folklivsarkivet (“the people’s movement archive”) in Västerbotten initiated a project to document the hardcore movement, with the aim of creating a base research material and also adding a previously missing piece of Umeå’s cultural and social movement history to the archive.

Today the library is made up of more than 3,000 photographs, 200 films, 600 newspaper clippings, a variety of posters, fanzines and clothing.

Parts of the collection can be accessed at For those who want a closer look at the contents of the archive can visit the physical premises at Gammlia in Umeå.

In 2014 Folkrörelsearkivet will hold a large exhibition at Umeå Guitar Museum.

The project also received a Cultural Boost by Umeå2014 in November 2011 for organising a screening with films from the archive.

News about this project
June 2013: The capital of hardcore on display

Image: Dennis Lyxzen / Refused live in Berlin 1998 (Photo: Flickr user bhrgero, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Organizer: Folkrörelsearkivet i Västerbotten
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Contact: Phone: +4690-713030

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