Local bands to compete to join ska-punk pioneers Less Than Jake, reggae group The Skints and LA’s Mariachi El Bronx
Academy Events and Canadian liqueur brand Fireball have announced an open call for local bands to play their respective hometown date on the first Fuelling The Fire Tour. The winners will be joining a bill that already boasts Florida ska-punk pioneers Less Than Jake, with support from modern British reggae group The Skints and Los Angeles band Mariachi El Bronx.
The competition gives eight lucky bands the opportunity to win a 20-minute opening slot on their local date, with full branded Fireball backline provided for the gig on their behalf. The tour – a celebration of punk rock, ska, reggae and roots music – is set to hit the road in the UK throughout October 2016, with Japanese ska punks KEMURI and Melbourne psychedelic reggae ska doom metal punk rockers The Bennies joining on select dates.
“We are delighted to offer the opportunity to open our inaugural ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire’ tour shows to up and coming, independent, grass-roots British bands,” commented Fireball’s James Pattison. “There is so much talent at a local level in the UK, and it’s part of our long term aim at Fireball UK to help bring these musicians to the fore and create some unforgettable experiences for fans of the brand.”
Tickets for the tour are on sale now for £10 each. The tour spans eight nights including a stop at O2 Academy Brixton in London with a DJ set from Kerrang! Radio, Scuzz TV and Team Rock Radio presenter and Matt Stocks.
The tour dates are as follows:
Monday 3 October – O2 Academy Bristol
Tuesday 4 October – O2 Academy Sheffield
Wednesday 5 October – O2 Academy Birmingham
Thursday 6 October – O2 Academy Brixton
Saturday 8 October – O2 Academy Newcastle
Sunday 9 October – O2 Academy Glasgow
Monday 10 October – O2 Ritz Manchester
Tuesday 11 October – O2 Academy Bournemouth
The competition closes on Sunday 14 August 2016 at 11.59pm, after which entrants will be judged by a panel of music industry experts, journalists and the bands from the tour. The winners will be selected then announced on Friday 26 August 2016. To find out more and enter your band, head over to academymusicgroup.com/fireballcompetition