Music and sport aren’t the most likely of bedfellows, but when they do unite it can be a wonderful thing: think stadium gigs, football chants and the bromance between The Last Shadow Puppets and Everton defender Leighton Baines.
One of the most visible alliances between the two occurs when musicians don football shirts – this may be done as a declaration of love for a particular team, an homage to a particular city or country, or just as a damn good fashion statement. We’ve trawled through the photo archives to find the best shots of some of our favourite musicians wearing replica footy tops.
1Tyler, the Creator
Odd Future founder Tyler, the Creator has a penchant for colourful, statement-making clothing – his fashion label, Golf Wang, is all about utilising as many colours of the rainbow as possible. Pictured here performing at Glastonbury 2013 wearing Barcelona’s away shirt, Tyler probably bought the shirt because of its extravagant colour scheme – rather than a love of Messi, Pique and Iniesta.
Tied with his brother Noel for the title of the most famous Manchester City fan, here’s Liam posing in a retro City away shirt back in Oasis’ ’90s heyday. The frontman surely made football gear a must-have accessory for all bands after this tambourine-wielding shot.
3Waka Flocka Flame
The Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame pandered to his audience at Leeds Festival in 2013 by performing in a Leeds United home shirt – wonder what his take on controversial Italian owner Massimo Cellino is?
Playing at The Theatre of Dreams back in 2008, Bruce Springsteen was presented with this custom Manchester United shirt, emblazoned with his nickname on the back. Bruce accepted the gift gratefully, much to the delight of the majority of the audience – Man City fans aside, of course.
5Kasabian’s Tom Meighan
Unveiling England’s away shirt for the 2010 World Cup four months prior to Fabio Capello’s men’s tame effort in South Africa, Tom Meighan of Kasabian was asked by kit manufacturers Umbro to be the first person to publicly wear the shirt at a Paris gig. “They said they wanted to take it away from the footballers for once and do something up to date; combining it with rock’n’roll,” he told NME.
Wonder if Katy Perry remembers this shot? No doubt the result of her ex-husband Russell Brand’s fervent support of West Ham United, the ‘California Girls’ singer donned a lingerie set in the claret and blue colour of the Hammers at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. Sorry for digging this one out of the vault, Katy.
Performing at 2015’s Radio One’s Big Weekend in Norwich, Snoop Dogg’s endorsement of the Canaries on stage no doubt contribute to Norwich City’s triumph over Middlesborough a day later in the Championship Play-Off Final. Snoop’s a little liberal when it comes to who he supports, however: he’s previously worn the shirts of Cardiff, Barcelona, Man United and Arsenal.
8Foreigner’s Mick Jones
Mick Jones, guitarist and founding member of NYC rockers Foreigner, showed his love for his childhood home of Portsmouth by rocking a Pompey shirt during a gig in the south coast city in 2007. Jones is a lifelong supporter of the former FA Cup winners, revealing last year that he tries to go to games whenever he’s back home.
Not in any way Scottish, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger still rocked a Scotland football shirt on stage back in 1982. This was no doubt Mick’s attempt at pandering to a patriotic crowd, who were ready to roar on their side in that year’s World Cup.
Kasabian again! The Leicester lads – who are all huge supporters of their local club – were guests of honour at the 2014 Milan derby, which took place during the band’s promotion of their last album ’48:13′. They were obviously a good-luck charm for the home team – the Rossoneri triumphed 1-0 over fierce local rivals Internazionale.
Despite not being from Manchester, London-born Ella Eyre was happy enough to wear a United shirt during a pre-game performance at a 2015 charity game at Old Trafford between Manchester United Legends and Bayern Munich All-Stars.
London jazz artist Courtney Pine took to the stage in Tel Aviv in 2000 wearing the colours of the local team, Maccabi. It’s a cracking retro shirt, if you ask us.
13ABBA’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Here’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad rocking an Arsenal top whilst on stage at Wembley Arena in 1979 – Lyngstad was of course a member of ABBA, who are prolific Swedes. But Lyngstad may have liked the colours of the Gunners as she was actually born in Norway, who wear red and white.
Here’s Cali rapper The Game, who took to the stage at Bristol’s O2 Academy in 2016 wearing the glorious red of Bristol City. He clearly knows that there’s only One Team In Bristol.
15Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig
Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig showed off a surprising affiliation with Queen’s Park Rangers during a December 2014 performance with SBTRKT in Miami. Wonder if he’s a season ticketholder at Loftus Road (answer: no, probably not).