It's absolutely no secret that music means a lot to me. It's a massive part of my life having grown up with huge music fans like my mum and pop. Music is all around me here in Manchester, it is the basis of most of my friendships and of course my relationship, it's one of the first questions I ask people I'm meeting for the first time, "what kind of music do you like" and I simply cannot function without some kind of music in my life on a day-to-day basis.
Recently, I've neglected my love of live music through no real fault of my own, or anyone else's for that matter. To put it quite simply, life happened. I simply forgot that one of my greatest passions is to see music live, how silly is that.
Until recently when I was lucky enough to see three shows in one week (see this post here for a mini review of each of them) and I felt I had my gig-going-mojo back once and for all.
It was only through these gigs that I really got to thinking about how different band merchandise is nowadays.
Gone are the days of having tour dates strewn across your back, I mean, thats only okay for the likes of Guns & Roses (etc), AMIRIGHT!? Nobody needs to know each and every date that Justin Beiber did on his world tour back in 2011...
And with my stint of three gigs in one week I was tempted by ALL of the merchandise on offer.
Father John Misty had fun tee's with his face drawn in a caricature fashion, with printed leggings & button down shirts, something I haven't seen done before and I was suitably impressed. Liam Fray of The Courteeners has always been pretty damn good with his choice of merchandise, but this year he simply sported sweatshirts and tee's with his initials LJF across the front, very subtle and totally wearable indeed (as you can see from this snap here)
But the one range of merchandise I was extremely impressed with was Mr Harry Styles (how could you tell?) and I ended up spending a whopping (and admittedly overpriced) £55 on this rather gorgeous pale pink sweatshirt.
I'd spied this online before the show and had my heart set on making a purchase, and when my heart is set, then my heart is set, you know what I mean? But I really could have gone WILD on the merch stand; T-shirt's printed with floral artwork that nodded to a portrait of Harry himself, with slogan tee's expressing "Treat People With Kindness" and of course, this rather spiffing little sweatshirt.
And it's not just these three acts that have been opting for more wearable less in you face merchandise recently, the first I saw of this was Haim with their totally badass ringer tee's featuring tounge-in-cheek slogans and song lyrics; and although I never got the chance to pick one up (yet) I really loved how they brought a little bit of style and trends into band merch, I mean, if it was anyone that was gonna shine the spotlight on wearable, trend based merch it was gonna be those girls wasn't it! Plus, rumour has it they're bringing out a Christmas line(!!!) I think this may be my time to shine!
Fella's are following suit also with the likes of Blossoms and their oh-so Bella Freud-esque black knits, something I'm lucky to own a slice of but am yet to wear (note to self, wear this tomorrow!)
I'm finding this new lease of life for band merchandise so totally refreshing. It makes supporting your favourite band or artist that little less bitter as we all know that merchandise at gigs can be hella pricey, but when you know it's less in your face and more trend based (ooooo I rhymed...kinda) you don't mind handing over the dollar in order to show your support for your fave musicians.
I've worn my little Harry Styles sweatshirt SO much already both in and out of the house. It's a really inoffensive piece that to the untrained/non-Harry Styles eye looks like something you could pick up on the highstreet. I've been styling it with A-line skirts (of course) and here with the must have trew of the season, my trusty corduroys. These are by Swedish Hasjeans and I'm TOTALLY in love with them; tobacco in shade and therefore clashing wonderfully with the baby pink Styles sweat, what a combination ey?
Make sure to check out the merchandise I've listed above, I think you guys are gonna love it and plus, it's always wonderful to support music in someway, especially now Spotify and Apple Music are taking over the world.