Posted on May 16, 2019

Football and music often go hand in hand. Famous fans - the Gallagher brothers and their passion for Manchester City F.C. - and famous songs - the spine-tingling renditions of Gerry and the Pacemakers’ “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by both Liverpool F.C. and Celtic F.C. - ensure the worlds of football and music collide in spectacular, everlasting fashion. Viral Twitter account Bands F.C. have found a way to visualise this synergy through the pairing of iconic identities from both worlds. Put simply, “bands as football teams and football teams as bands” .

Following treatments for artists such as AC/DC, Aerosmith, Daft Punk and The Stone Roses, The Isle of Wight Festival today reveals the design of Bands F.C.’s first ever major music festival crest, which combines the 2019 artwork and the island’s official flag, representing the festival’s synonymy with the island.

Several artists on The Isle of Wight Festival line-up have also received Bands F.C. crest designs, including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Biffy Clyro, Fatboy Slim, Madness and more.

The connection between The Isle of Wight Festival and football was most evident last year, when 12,000 fans came together in the BT Sport Field of Dreams to send their collective hopes and prayers to Russia, as England faced Panama in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup. Those gathered watched with bated breath as team captain Harry Kane ensured England advanced to the knockout stages, ensuring those at The Isle of Wight Festival had a victory to celebrate. Check out footage from last year’s Field of Dreams here.

The seeds of Bands F.C. were sown early in 2018 when Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Mark Liptrott (Concrete Studio) and Nick Fraser discussed the upcoming World Cup and how bands would try to get involved in the conversation to ride the wave of interest surrounding the event. Fast forward not even a year and the brand has built up a loyal following as fans work to dissect the sometimes not-so-obvious designs. A recent exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall allowed those interested to peruse the designs, as well as purchase prints, badges and more.

For more information on Bands F.C. visit www.bandsfc.com


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