Hottest Band finalists announced for the FIREBALL 'Fueling The Fire' tour 2019
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Fireball and Academy Events are excited to announce the finalists in this year’s Fireball Hottest Band Competition! A local band has been chosen for each date of the tour in September, giving 8 bands the opportunity to kick off the party for a monumental lineup! The winners join Ska-Punk legends Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, Save Ferris, last year’s winnersThieves Of Liberty and DJ Matt Stocks on each respective date of the UK tour. One band will be chosen at the end of the tour to be crowned Fireball’s Hottest band 2020.
“We’re so proud to announce the strongest group of finalists our hottest band competition has seen so far. All handpicked by us all at the good ship Fireball and Academy Events from the hundreds of awesome applicants that we received over the last two months… (it’s gruelling work, but we do it with a smile, so you don’t have to). From all the entries that I have listened to, I must say it’s very evident that the UK scene is incredibly strong at the moment, now I can’t wait to hit the road in September to finally get to see our finalists live and crown Fireball’s Hottest Band 2020!” - Matt Reynolds // Fireball UK Brand Ambassador
The Finalists are:
19th O2 Academy, SHEFFIELD - Frank Grimes and The Disasters
After a year-long hiatus, Frank Grimes and The Disasters are back and more miserable than ever. Formed in 2016 and releasing the latest EP in September 2019, if you need a hole to stick them in then ‘macabre Pop-Punk’ is a snug fit.
20th O2 Academy, LEEDS - This Time Last Year
This Time Last Year are a Leeds based quartet known for their mix of energetic Pop-Punk with hard-hitting, relatable lyrics. Their highly energetic shows, focusing on crowd participation and positive vibes, ensure This Time Last Year are a band you will want to see live over and over again.
21st O2 Academy BIRMINGHAM- LIKE GIANTS
Like Giants are a four-piece Pop-Punk band from the Midlands, UK. The band formed in 2019 and have just released their debut single 'Cut and Run' from their debut EP; 'Sovereign', set for release late September. Bringing with them heavier riff-driven tracks, with hard-hitting, but also soft melodic vocal melodies, this has helped them set themselves apart from the ever-expanding Pop-Punk genre. Influenced by; Neck Deep, A Day to Remember and State Champs, Like Giants write songs covering topics like mental health, relationships, and life in general through punchy riffs, and very catchy choruses.
23rd O2 Ritz MANCHESTER - Well Done You
Well Done You are a high octane five-piece Pop-Punk band from Manchester. Having been championed by Kerrang! Radio and The Unsigned Guide, Well Done You recently released their latest EP ‘Please and Thank You’. Their debut album, ‘Welcome to Camp Sunshine’, is set for release on 25 October.
24th O2 Academy NEWCASTLE - BELLE ELMORE
Belle Elmore formed in the North East with several like-minded souls looking to jam and just play some cover songs for a lark, maybe gig a little if opportunity knocked. But the thirst for more was overwhelming... It was decided that performing their original music was the path to take. Since then the band have found pleasure creating and discovering their own sound, stemming from very eclectic tastes and influences.
25th O2 Academy GLASGOW - Crashes
Crashes have had a great year thus far: sharing the stage with top up-and-coming UK acts Dream State, Woes and Cold Years as well as releasing their second EP ‘Something’s Wrong’. A collection of songs which showcases their polished, Pop-Rock sensibilities alongside introspective lyrics and atmospheric backdrops. They draw elements from a wide spectrum of influences, such as Paramore, Deftones, The Dangerous Summer and Bon Iver to create a unique sound, with subtle electronics giving way to huge, anthemic choruses.
27th O2 Academy BOURNEMOUTH - Weatherstate
With their recent Green Day music video homage receiving the thumbs up from Mike Dirnt himself, Weatherstate are a Punk-Rock outfit from the south coast. The band have spent the past couple of years touring Europe and the UK. Weatherstate’s effervescent take on Punk, harks back to legendary Pop-Punk bands of the 90s whilst incorporating a new, venomous energy. They have been seen shredding stages with the likes of The Dirty Nil, Single Mothers, Trash Boat, WSTR, Creeper and more.
28th O2 Academy Brixton, LONDON - Millie Manders and The Shutup
Millie creates cross-genre Punk that is hard to ignore. With lyricism that pokes fun, draws you in or leaves you questioning social norms teamed with incredible vocal dexterity, grinding guitars, irresistible horn hooks and a pumping rhythm section, the Millie Manders Music Machine churns out more raw punk fusion than you can shake a stick at, with a huge amount of Pop appeal. “Watch this space” is a term very much worth its salt when considering the hype surrounding the force to be reckoned with that is Millie Manders and The Shutup. Their live shows are electric and her songs infectious. If you haven’t listened yet, you need to…
Be sure to pick up a ticket for this year’s MUST-see tour:
19th O2 Academy, Sheffield
20th O2 Academy, Leeds
21st O2 Academy Birmingham
23rd O2 Ritz Manchester
24th O2 Academy Newcastle
25th O2 Academy Glasgow
27th O2 Academy Bournemouth
28th O2 Academy Brixton, London
Tickets are available now priced £21 each.
Returning for its 4th year, one of the most anticipated events in the UK Punk-Rock calendar returns this September to O2 Academy venues up and down the UK with a staggering line up.
“Yes! It’s that time of the year again. Less Than Jake is extremely excited to headline this year’s Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour. We wanted to ramp up the insanity this time around so we’re bringing along our friends in Goldfinger to celebrate with us. We can’t wait for these shows. It’s going to be epic! See ya soon!” - Chris DeMakes // Less Than Jake
"UK! I have always felt at home in your beautiful countries… You have the best audiences, the best festivals, amazing food and I write really good songs there! I wanted to also thank Fireball for continuing to support live music; so pumped to do this tour!" - John Feldmann // Goldfinger
“This September we’re embarking on our 4th annual Fireball: Fuelling the Fire Tour. It’s the most outrageous, downright criminally fun and cinnamoniest fortnight of the touring calendar and we absolutely haven’t relented on the great bands this year. We’re incredibly excited to welcome Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, our Hottest Band of 2019: Thieves of Liberty and veteran Fireball Tour DJ Matt Stocks into the fold, as well as some of the UK’s best emerging talent specially handpicked for each show and one ultra-special secret band that is still to be announced! So that’s five bands every night, a live DJ, excellent prize giveaways and as much Fireball as you can cram into your sticky mitts all for just £21 a ticket! Let’s party!” - - Matt Reynolds // Fireball UK Brand Ambassador
With ten full-length releases, numerous EP's, 7" singles and compilations to their name, Less Than Jake has sold over two million records worldwide. Formed in 1992 by previous drummer Vinnie Fiorello and vocalist/guitarist Chris DeMakes, the band knew in its formative years their live show would set them apart from their contemporaries. With well over 300 releases on various labels under their belt, most would think their legacy was intact. But the status quo has never interested Less Than Jake. They continue to write and perform new material and have no thoughts of letting up. With the energy and exuberance of a band half its age and the determination of savvy veterans, there is seemingly no endpoint to this enduring and entertaining band. They have been self-managed for the last five years and have shown no signs of slowing down its breakneck touring schedule.
Goldfinger continues to build on a highly regarded legacy, where they have been considered one of the forerunners and most well-known bands of the third-wave ska/punk movement of the late 90s. Their 1996 self-titled debut Goldfinger went gold and was named one of “The Ten Albums That Defined 1996” by Alternative Press in 2006. AllMusic said “no one had more success with this new sound than Goldfinger on their self-titled debut”, calling it “irresistibly catchy, creative, and hopelessly endearing.” 1997’s Hang-Ups reached #85 on the Billboard 200, and the single “Superman” was prominently featured on the soundtrack for the generation-defining Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game. Over 6 full-length albums and over a decade of touring, Goldfinger amassed an international fan base drawn to the band’s penchant for big choruses, attitude, and creativity of seamlessly fusing punk rock, ska, skate punk, and various other genres throughout their discography. Current album, The Knife, features guest appearances from Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun and ONE OK ROCK’s Takahiro Moriuchi amongst others.
Winners of the Fireball Hottest Band 2019 competition, Thieves Of Liberty will kick the evening off in true style. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Lidya Balaban, the Sunderland based band will have you bouncing around in no time with their singalong vocal lines, catchy guitar hooks and driving rhythm section. Don’t miss them!
THE ‘FIREBALL: FUELLING THE FIRE’ TOUR:
Music is all about the fans. That’s why we at Fireball UK want to do this. We’ve grown up loving music, and watched in fear as ticket and drink prices are hiked at live shows beyond comprehension. Our brand money goes into subsidising the ticket and drink prices for the fans. A great line-up of bands for just £15, party games, confetti cannons, toilet-roll guns, kick-ass drinks deals and more Fireball shots than you can shake a stick at? What’s not to love.
Fireball is the number one shot brand in the US with 15 straight years of growth*, and after dominating its homeland, the flames have leapt over to UK shores.
Fireball is a Canadian whisky-based cinnamon-flavoured liqueur produced by the Sazerac Company. The product was developed in Canada in the mid-1980s, forged during one of the coldest Canadian winters on record by blending smooth Canadian whisky with sweet, spicy cinnamon. It’s best enjoyed served as a shot, ice cold and straight from the freezer. Fireball is loud, uncompromising and relentless. And it’s coming for you.
*Nielsen CGA On-Premise User Survey, October 2018