| 17 Jun 2024
Radio 6 Music launches listeners vote for the greatest band t-shirt of all time

MUMBAI: BBC Radio 6 Music’s ‘Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day’ is set to return this year on Friday 27 November. As part of this year’s celebrations, in his show today (Monday 2 November, 4-7pm), Steve Lamacq launches 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. To establish the shortlist, Steve has enlisted the help of his discerning 6 Music listeners and also industry luminaries including artist Jeremy Deller, designer of the Yes artwork Roger Dean, illustrator Pete McKee, Mercury Prize shortlisted band Slaves, V&A curator Kristian Volsing, Design Museum and fellow 6 Music presenters. From their suggestions, Steve has created a shortlist of t-shirts which are now available to view and vote.

The vote launches today and 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, who now has 1.01 million listeners first digital-only music programme in the UK to reach the 1 million milestone – 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.”

In the week building up to T-Shirt Day, guests on Steve’s show will include art director and graphic designer Peter Saville, and artist and designer Aubrey Powell. Throughout the day itself, on Friday 27 November, the 6 Music playlist from 7am to 7pm will feature tracks from artists featured on the t-shirts sent in by listeners. Through the day, will be following all the activity and celebrating the great t-shirts in a live blog. The site will be featuring tees for The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Joy Division, The Smith, Teenage Fanclub and Sonic Youth and many more.

Also as part of T-Shirt Day, listeners will also be encouraged to upload their pop memorabilia to the People’s History of Pop . The People’s History Of Pop is a four-part series coming to BBC Four next year, tracking the history of pop from the 1950s to the 1990s through the stories behind the treasured, personal and rarest music memorabilia owned by the public, whether that be precious band t-shirts, photos, badges, ticket stubs, fan club materials, gig programmes, annuals, teen diary entries, teen band recordings, wrist bands, rare footage – it will all shape and define the series.


In partnership with Historypin (a user-generated digital archive of historical artefacts), music fans are being asked to upload photos, videos and audio of their rock and pop music memorabilia, performances and artefacts and, importantly, the stories behind them, to This material will create a unique online archive that brings together the UK’s musical history. The series is looking for contributors who have submitted the most surprising, moving and rare material who may then be filmed to appear in the programme.