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Fireball gets heavy for punk ‘house party’ 

NXT News
9 July 2018
James Pattison

ACADEMY EVENTS and whisky company Fireball’s Fuelling the Fire Tour is accepting applications from artistes hoping to open for a line-up that includes Face to Face, Lost in Stereo and Flogging Molly.

The Fireball Hottest Band 2019 Competition, in association with Kerrang! will see four regional heats taking place in September, with venues yet to be confirmed, during which Ian Richards, head promoter at venues chain Academy Music Group’s in-house promoting team Academy Events, hopes to see bands embracing the “punk spirit”.

Ian Richards

“They don’t necessarily have to be exactly like the bands on the tour, but definitely punk,” he says.

“The church of punk is a very broad one nowadays, so it gives you a lot to work with, but punk is definitely the word, not rock.”

Now three years in, the tour has chalked-up sell-out crowds across the country, which Fireball brand manager James Pattison says has been wonderful to watch.

“It’s been a fantastic project to work on that is growing in size every year and seems very much like the house party that just got out of control,” he says.

“The love for the bills and happy punters through the doors are definitely at the forefront of mind, but special mention has to go to the team that works on this and the acts, who have gelled so much better than I could have hoped for.

“We’re a weird old family now, and we want this party to go on for as long as our livers can handle it.”

The deadline for applications to Academy Events is 16 July.

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