with Weatherstate to Perform at the O2 Academy, Bournemouth

Fuelling The Fire

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 winners Thieves 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 grueling 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 itís 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 Fireballís Hottest Band 2020!î – 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 ëmacabre Pop-Punkí 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.

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 ëPlease and Thank Youí. Their debut album, ëWelcome to Camp Sunshineí, is set for release on 25 October.

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 ëSomethingís Wrongí. 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. Weatherstateís 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.

Fuelling The Fire

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. ìWatch this spaceî is a term very much worth it’s 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 from here.

Returning for its fourth 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.


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