Fireball Hottest Band finalists announced for 2019 Fireball Tour

By Andy Joice

Advocates for new music, Fireball have announced the finalists in the years Fireball Hottest Band competition. Joining Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, Save Ferris, last years winners Thieves Of Liberty and DJ Matt Stocks, eights local bands will be starting the night off. Come the end of the tour, one band will be crowned top dog, and Fireball’s Hottest Band 2020

Fireball UK Brand Ambassador Matt Reynolds has said of the competition “We’re so proud to announce the strongest group of finalists our hottest band competition has seen so far. All handpicked by us at the good ship Fireball and Academy Events from the hundreds of awesome applicants that we received over the last two months – I must say it’s very evident that the UK scene is incredibly strong at the moment”

With local bands playing at local venues, it’s an excellent way to showcase new music on a tour size scale. Accompanied by some of the biggest names in the ska punk scene, it’s the perfect way to help develop and nurture new talent. A list of all eight bands playing throughout the tour is below

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.

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.

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.


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.


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 secondEP ‘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.


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.

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…

Tickets to all dates available here, with the full list of dates and competition supports below:


19 SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy – Frank Grimes and The Disasters
20 LEEDS, O2 Academy – This Time Last Year
23 MANCHESTER, O2 Ritz – Well Done You
25 GLASGOW, O2 Academy – Crashes
27 BOURNEMOUtH, O2 Academy – Weatherstate
28 LONDON,  O2 Academy Brixton – Millie Manders and The Shutup

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