Here Are Your Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour Competition Winners

Posted: Monday 10 September 2018

Every year, the Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour runs a competition for new bands to open up the tour in their local city. After hundreds of entries, some tough decisions and impressive live performances, we have our winners. Read on below to find out who’s playing in your city this December.


THEIVES OF LIBERTY – O2 ACADEMY NEWCASTLE

Thieves Of Liberty are a four-piece upcoming rock band from the North East. Formed in 2016, the band have gigged across their local area and already developed a strong following. Releasing their debut single, ‘Wearing You Out’ earlier this year, the band are geared up and ready to make their mark.

Here's what the band had to say:
“We still can't get over the fact we won. The bands we were up against were all at such a high standard and to be able to play the main stage at O2 Academy Newcastle now is huge! Thanks to everyone who made it happen, including our friends and families, fans, Fireball, Academy Music Group, Kerrang! Magazine and of course the judges who chose us!”

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BLACK WATER COUNTY – O2 ACADEMY BOURNEMOUTH

This six-piece folk/punk collective have built up quite the reputation as a thrilling live band, performing at festivals such as Boomtown and Camp Bestival amongst others. Their old school punk sound incorporates elements of Celtic and, dare we say it, pirate music, to deliver an intense, yet utterly entertaining sound that’ll leave quite the impression.

Here's what the band had to say:
"How the hell did we pull this off?! We can't wait to play our butts off and sink a good few gallons of whiskey with all the awesome bands on the bill!”

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THE RUN UP – O2 ACADEMY BRISTOL

Bristolian punks, The Run Up are all about making noise, friends and memories (which they’ll undoubtedly do on the Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour). Releasing their new EP, Good Friends, Bad Luck at the end of September, you can expect to hear much of the punchy, positive record during their set.

Here's what the band had to say:
“We are really excited about playing the show and drinking all the Fireball!”

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THESE FIVE YEARS – O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE, NIGHT ONE

Like pop-punk? Then you’ll love These Five Years. Hailing from Cardiff, the band have already supported the likes of WSTR, Broadside and Trash Boat and released their gritty, debut EP, How It’s Been. Quickly carving their own path in the pop-punk world, their performance on the Fireball: Fuelling The Fire tour will be yet another achievement to add to their CV.

Here's what the band had to say:
“We're really excited to be a part of the Fireball tour this year. It'll be our biggest show to date, and we're super grateful for the opportunity to play with some ridiculously good bands - we can't wait!”

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THE LAGAN – O2 SHEPHERDS’ BUSH EMPIRE, NIGHT TWO

What happens when you mix punk music with Celtic influences and a bunch of rowdy, beer-soaked adults from London? You get The Lagan. Since releasing their debut album in 2013, the band have continued to tour across the land as much as possible, causing chaos, having fun and drinking one too many beers all in the aid of a good time.

Here's what the band had to say:
"We're made up to be on this bill! That is a legendary line-up in a legendary venue. We promise we'll behave. Kinda."

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COUNTING COINS – O2 ACADEMY SHEFFIELD

Get your bouncing shoes on, because as soon as Counting Coins hit the stage, you won’t stop moving. Fusing together a whirlpool of ska, punk, hip hop and gypsy sounds to create an eclectic, non-stop, energetic slice of fun, they won’t leave until every single person in the crowd is smiling. No, seriously.

Here's what the band had to say:
“It's amazing to actually win something as a band, but this is particularly special given the prize - obviously all the bands are big news, but Flogging Molly are particularly close to our hearts. To say we’re fans would be an understatement...they've been massively influential for us, in ethos as well as in style, so this is a big deal!”

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THE HUMAN PROJECT – O2 RITZ MANCHESTER

The Human Project are quickly becoming a respected band within the upcoming UK punk scene, largely due to their latest album, Clarion Call. Going full-throttle with techy riffs and breakdowns in all the right places, The Human Project will have you stomping and fist-pumping from start to finish.

Here's what the band had to say:
"We had a great time at the show, catching up with old mates and new, and enjoyed the challenge of distilling the best parts of our full set down to just 15 minutes! The opportunity to now share the stage in Manchester with some of our favourite bands on earth is definitely going to be one of the highlights of our year."

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TAKE TODAY – O2 ACADEMY GLASGOW

Take Today are an ambitious young band, who have already developed an impressive fanbase in their hometown of Glasgow. With a Scottish attitude and deep, heavy riffs, they’ve drawn similarities to the likes of Twin Atlantic and Royal Blood, whilst carving their own name in the UK alternative scene.

Here's what the band had to say:
“Still hasn't sunk in yet but winning this event has given us a platform to play with one of our favourite bands and we can't thank the Fireball crew enough.”

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LAKE ACACIA - O2 ACADEMY OXFORD

Lake Acacia are a three-piece, alt-rock outfit with a penchant for writing meaty riffs and intricate melodies. Already receiving support from the likes of BBC Introducing, the band have been performing in and around their local area off the back of their debut EP, Figure Frame and working hard to make their music heard.

Here's what the band had to say:
“We were super grateful to be received so well, the atmosphere in the room was insane. We went all out on stage to get everyone involved and put on the best show we could, we couldn't have been happier to win the competition. We can't wait to show everyone what we've been working on in the coming months and begin touring the UK so keep an eye out!.”

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WOOD AND NAILS - O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM

Scuzzy, Brummie punks, Wood And Nails have already tackled stages at 2000 Trees Festival and across their hometown, supporting the likes of Gnarwolves, Fangclub and Dagger Mouth, but then once you see them live, you can see why they're getting snapped up for shows. Their raucous, DIY sound is as boisterous as it is boppy and will be perfect to warm up O2 Academy Birmingham on the Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour.

Here's what the band had to say:
“It’s still sinking in, the fact we’ll be opening up for such an incredible line-up, honestly. I first saw The Bronx in 2004 and they blew my mind, I never could have imagined that one day I’d be playing such a huge venue alongside them too. We’re going to bring everything we’ve got for our biggest hometown show yet!.”

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Come along to the Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour and support the best new bands on the planet, here's where it'll hit:

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Sunday 2 December Buy Tickets

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Monday 3 December Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Glasgow: Wednesday 5 December Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Newcastle: Thursday 6 December Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bristol: Friday 7 December Buy Tickets

O2 Ritz Manchester: Sunday 9 December Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Sheffield: Monday 10 December Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Wednesday 12 December Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Oxford: Thursday 13 December Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bournemouth: Friday 14 December Buy Tickets


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