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Bands FC Exhibition

  • Bobiks The Punchbowl Hotel, 125 Jesmond Road, Jesmond Newcastle upon Tyne United Kingdom (map)


What 'dya get if you cross your favourite bands with a bunch of football clubs? Well...

Anybody who has attended school at any point during any football tournament ever in the history of football will know that trading cards and stickers are the epitome of greatness.  So naturally, that’s why Tim Burgess from The Charlatans decided to make an entire set of trading cards with a twist, with the help of designers Mark Liptrott and Nick Fraser. Of course they’ve titled the whole thing Bands F.C.

This is perfect
— Steven Drozd, The Flaming Lips

As our beloved and brave boys warm up and prepare to carry our nation to glory against Croatia tonight (it’s coming home, it’s coming home, etc etc), the brains behind Bands F.C have shared their entire set of cards. Incorporating everyone from Foo Fighters and Radiohead through to Saint Etienne and Caribou, the question is, which team to support.

“It’s a celebration of the exact point where bands and football bump into each other – with a nod to Panini sticker collections,” explains Nick.

Genius idea. Carried out with perfect wit
— Ian Rankin

“We got started with a couple of ideas then it was non stop – some designs link the band to their favourite team, others are all about design – when we did Wu-verhampton Wanderers, that was quite a moment. Others are like cryptic clues to a song or whatever. Anyway they work best in the visual form so I’ll shut up now”


Here are all of the cards below with an animation by long-time The Charlatans collaborator Chris Walker. He most recently worked with the band on four videos from their ‘Totally Eclipsing’ EP
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