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Image of Maria wearing a pink headdress, singing in front of Ross Millard and Alex Elliott
Photographer: Richard Lakos

Putting the Band Back Together

"Fantastic - funny, big-hearted, moving and truthful" Guardian
Winner: Performance of the Year
The Journal Culture Awards 2017

Is there a guitar propped up in your bedroom? A drum kit gathering dust in your garage? A trumpet boxed up in the attic? Well, blow off the dust. We're putting the band back together!

Part riotous gig, part tender storytelling, Ross Millard (The Futureheads), Maria Crocker and Alex Elliott reveal epic emotions within our relationships with music.

Tour dates

7.30pm, 20 June, Grassington Festival, Festival Hall, BD23 5LB

Every performance features a House Band of ex-players. Fancy joining? Email Find out more, and watch 'Learn the Music' videos here.

Stories from the House Band

So far 419 people have joined the house band, across 54 performances. Writer, Maddy Costa, interviewed over 30 of them along the way to produce this beautiful 'zine. Read about their experiences in the house band, and what has happened since, here: Stories from the House Band.

Image of the CD front cover, a ripped poster of the performers holding out their instruments

Buy the Music

Putting The Band Back Together CD
£7.20 (including postage and VAT)

We are delighted to have recorded the music from Putting The Band Back Together. If you saw the show, and you're still humming the songs, this CD can be yours for just a fiver.

Songs and music composed by Ross Millard, with lyrics written in collaboration with Chloe Daykin, Maria Crocker, Alex Elliott, Annie Rigby, Mark and Kylie Lloyd.

Recorded by Ross Millard, Maria Crocker, Alex Elliott, Mark Lloyd and Annie Rigby.


Check out production shots by Richard Lakos.

Photograph of Ross Millard holding guitar and lifting a hand up to welcome the audience Photograph of Alex Elliott speaking at the microphone under blue light Photograph of Maria Crocker holding Alex Elliott in her arms Photograph of Maria Crocker with star-shaped sunglasses on, speaking on the microphone under a blue light Photograph of Alex Elliott sitting amongst a drumkit and speakers and looking off to one side
Photograph of Maria Crocker stamping on the floor while Ross Millard plays guitar and Alex Elliott looks on Photograph of Alex Elliott screaming at his fingers Photograph of Maria Crocker in a bright pink robe and headdress singing Photograph of Maria Crocker in a bring pink robe and headdress singing along with the house band Photograph of the performers and a big house band of 20 people onstage together, with bright lights shining around them

Video Trailer

Creative Team: Lily Arnold, Josep Bria, Maria Crocker, Chloe Daykin, Alex Elliott, Simon Henderson, Dan Johnson, Mark Lloyd, Ross Millard, Carl Moir, Kat Pierce, Annie Rigby and Kev Tweedy

To date the show has toured to Summer Streets Festival (Sunderland), Summerhall (Edinburgh Festival), Arts Centre Washington, Northern Stage (Newcastle), Salisbury Playhouse, Lincoln Drill Hall, Trouble At Mill (Farsley, Leeds), Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester), Customs House (South Shields), ARC Stockton, South Street Arts (Reading), The Hat Factory (Luton), Lancaster Arts, Square Chapel (Halifax), Harrogate Theatre, The Lighthouse (Poole), Hull Truck Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds) and Trinity Centre (Bristol).

Thank you to the 3,291 people who have seen the show so far, and the 419 who have joined the house bands! We hope there'll be some more tour dates soon. Watch this space!

Commissioned by The Cultural Spring in Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Thank you too our NINETY EIGHT crowdfunders, who helped get the show to Edinburgh Festival.
Alan Lyddiard, Alan Parkinson, Amy Fawdington, Amy Golding, Andrew Latimer, Anna Disley, Ariane Baty, Becci Best, Beccy Owen, Caroline Murphy, Carolyn Clewlow, Catrina McHugh, Cinzia Hardy, Dan Barnard, Daniel Bye, Dave Ridley, David Almond, David Clouston, David Roberts, Debbie Beeks, Debbie Dedes, Dick Bonham, Emma Butchart, Emma McDowell, Frances Easter, Gez Casey, Gillian Firth, Gloria Lindh, Graeme Rigby, Hannah Boyde, Hannah Goudie, Harriet Walsh, Helen Cundy, Helen Green, Ian Fawdon, Jackie, Jamie Squire, Jean Crocker, Jenny Critchlow, Jenny Dewar, Jill Bennison, Jo Cundall, Joanne McKenna, John Alder, John Taylor, Karen Traynor, Kate Denby, Kylie Lloyd, Laura Lindow, Leila Burrell-Davis, Lena Simic, Leyla Asadi, Linda Squire, Liz, Lorne Campbell, Louise Blackwell, Lowri Bond, Maddy Costa, Mariota Dunning, Mark Calvert, Mark Robinson, Mary Oswell, Matthew Peacock, Natalie Querol, Neringa Stonyte, Nick Jackson, Nicky Butler, Nicola Irvine, Paddy Toomey, Pat Muir, Rachel Adam, Rachel Briscoe, Rebecca Ball, Ros Rigby, Rose Walsh, Rosie Kellagher, Ruth Johnson, Sally Iles, Sally Whitehall, Sam Rigby, Sara Barnard, Sarah Rose Bird, Sharon Durant, Steve Drayton, Stevie Glover, Sue Stark, Susan Coffer, Susan Mullholland, Tassos Stevens, Teresa Kirby, Tim Bailey, Tim Linnell, Tom Harvey, Viv Peyton, Wayne Gamble, Wendy Smith, Zahra Zomorrodian

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