BBC Radio 6 Music is bringing back its Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day on Friday 27 November this year.
As part of this year’s promotion, Steve Lamacq has launched a listener vote to find the greatest band T-shirt of all time.
Now in its eighth year, ‘Wear Your Old Band t-shirt to Work Day’ has grown into a celebration of the music t-shirt and the stories they tell, as well as being a chance for people to demonstrate their passion for a particular artist or group. For the special day on Friday 27 November, Steve will be encouraging music-lovers around the UK to dig out their favourite old band tee and wear it with pride wherever they are and whatever they’re doing – whether that’s at home, at college, at work.
If they do and send in a picture via email or uploaded using #tshirtday, 6 Music will play a song relating to the artist or band on their t-shirt on air between 7am and 7pm.
And, new for 2015, this year will include a listener vote to find the greatest ever band t-shirt.
The vote will run until 7pm on Thursday 26 November. The following day, on T-Shirt Day itself, Steve will count down the results in the final hour of his show from 6pm to 7pm, culminating in the announcement of the All-Time No 1 band T-shirt, as decided by 6 Music’s listeners. The winning T-shirt as chosen will then go on display at the Design Museum, complete with a description from Steve.
Steve Lamacq says: “T-Shirt Day was originally aimed at finding an excuse for music fans to unearth one of their old band t-shirts and wear it to work for a day – a bit like a badge of musical honour – which we thought might be fun because there are so many stories surrounding these shirts. What’s been brilliant, though, has been seeing the terrific array of band’s names being paraded on the day – old and new groups, some of them quite obscure. And sure enough, they all have a tale behind them.”
He continues: “Over the past couple of years, the day has now started becoming a bigger celebration of music-related t-shirts, saluting the designs and logos and the slogans, many of which have either ended up being quite iconic or deliberately notorious. That’s why this year we’ll also be attempting to crown the most popular or influential t-shirt of all time with a vote among our listeners.”