Bands FC began with the simple idea of taking a football badge and reimagining it in the style of a pop group that has a connection with the club or the city or the design.
They posted it on Twitter and suddenly some of the most amazing internet artists were on board, adding more and more creations. Some were simple nods to their origins, some were design genius and some brilliant visual puns.
Madchester 90s band The Stone Roses were central to a reinvention of Manchester United's crest, while 80s Scousers Echo and the Bunnymen took over the Liverpool FC badge and Daft Punk could only be PSG.
As the idea grew, so did the number of designs and the number of fans. Just two months after the first @BandsFC post on Twitter, the National Football Museum in Manchester set up a special exhibition of their work
Then came the postcards of the designs, swiftly followed by lapel badges.
Someone just ordered Bands F.C. badges for all their wedding guests. Now, that’s our kind of ceremony ; ) pic.twitter.com/YTU7B4rEGC— Bands FC (@_Bands_FC) September 15, 2018
Posters of badges, split into relevant leagues? Check!
Now they are moving into designing replica-style shirts with fake but relevant sponsors.
Retweet to win.— Bands FC (@_Bands_FC) September 15, 2018
There are currently two of these Radiohead shirts in the whole world, one is in our exhibition, the other we are giving away. We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday at 10pm. Feeling lucky? pic.twitter.com/SummpLLbZ1
Where next? How about some custom Subbuteo figures? Perfect.
But the best was yet to come. The bands themselves are getting involved and allowing the actual shirts to be produced en masse...
We’re talking to Pulp. Looks like we’ll be making these.... pic.twitter.com/vA7crrqHIG— Bands FC (@_Bands_FC) September 10, 2018
Now we're just looking forward to the first BandsFC Festival... Or should it be the BandsFC World Cup?? We're in either way...