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Lost In Stereo Crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band 2018

Fireball Showcase 17Fireball have announced the return of the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour for a third year in 2018, celebrating the best in punk rock, ska, reggae and roots music. Following the huge success of the second annual 2017 leg featuring appearances from Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies, The Skints and Sweet Little Machine, which sold over 20,000 tickets with ten dates across nine venues across the UK, the tour is set to return next Autumn with further details of next year’s line up to be announced in May 2018. In addition, Fireball have revealed that Glasgow pop punk quartet Lost In Stereo have been crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band 2018 and will be taking the opening slot on the 2018 leg of the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour, as well as playing three special showcases at the end of this year alongside 2017 winners Sweet Little Machine.

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Fireball Tour Sept 17

Fireball - Fuelling The Fire Tour

The Ritz, Manchester, UK

11th October 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Fireball AF 5Tonight is the opening night of the second annual Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour, I rarely encounter sponsored tours but everytime I do it seems to be by a whisky of some description, tonight’s Fireball Whisky sponsored tour boasts an impressive five band line up featuring Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and Reel Big Fish with support from Sweet Little Machine, ‘Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017‘, and finally the winner of the open call to local bands, Everyone And Anyone, with a different act opening each night of the tour. What’s almost impressive as tonight’s line up is the fact that tickets for tonight’s show were a mere £10, which is a bargain by anyone’s standards.

Fireball EAAWelsh five piece Everyone and Anyone are the first band up, despite the early start for the local opening act there’s still a healthy crowd present in The Ritz which steadily grows as people work their way through the stringent but friendly security. Everyone and Anyone are an eclectic looking quintet who deliver an frantic and all too brief set of pop punk, which includes a Blink-182 cover to confirm their pop punk credentials. Everyone And Anyone don’t look or sound out of place opening the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour, and from their short but sweet set you can see why they won the place as the local support on the first night of the tour.
 
Fireball SLM 3Early into the evening I’m already regretting the decision to drive tonight as the Fireball Whisky is quite literally flowing freely tonight. There’s a short break as there’s a swift changeover to Fireball’s Hottest Band of 2017, Sweet Little Machine. They are touring in support of their freshly released Monsters EP, and their set contains almost every track from their impressive sophomore release. Sweet Little Machine take the stage and treat tonight’s set like they’re headlining, and the doors that being Fireball’s Hottest Band of 2017 has opened for them has resulted in a band whose confidence and following has increased dramatically. 
 
Fireball SLM 2Sweet little Machine carry elements of Green Day in their sound and their frontman, Alex Lantrua, has more than a touch of the hyperactive stage personae of Billy Joe Armstrong about him, and they close their impressive set with the anthemic title track of their latest release. Sweet Little Machine‘s material and stage presence is something that is all their own, the leg up afforded them by being Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017 would seem to have only speeded up the inevitable based on their new EP and tonight’s show, and I get the feeling that Sweet Little Machine are a band that we’ll be hearing a lot more off in the coming years.
 
Fireball MC 1Next up is the Mad Caddies with a long overdue return to the UK, despite the lack of new material, it’s been three long years since the Dirty Rice album was released, they remain as effervescent as ever. They channel the roots of two tone and ska and blend it with dub, punk, moments of hardcore and touches of ragtime jazz to create something that is unique and rather special in the overcrowded world of ska punk, and from the first song in its clear its been too long since they paid a visit to our shores. Their set is heavily reliant on their recent albums at the expense of their earlier and more frantic material, meaning that this a more laid back set than the times I’ve previously encountered them.
 
Fireball MC 2The Mad Caddies haven’t completely abandoned their early days though, their set gains a degree of momentum and the inclusion of Leavin‘ and Monkeys, from their classic sophomore album Duck And Cover, brings a party atmosphere to The Ritz, but for the most part the Mad Caddies deliver a ska and reggae heavy set that keeps the crowd happy, although the exclusion of tracks such as Road Rash leaves me feeling that an encore was warranted. The Fireball- Fuelling The Fire Tour has been well named as it’s the sold out crowd is warming the venue up to melting point ahead of the next act, the highly anticipated return of Anti-Flag.
 
Fireball AF 1By now The Ritz is at capacity and the floor is awash with discarded beer and whisky glasses, from the start of Anti-Flag‘s set wherever you were that’s where you’re staying as almost everyone is rammed into the downstairs of the venue for their set. Their rabble rousing set of course carries their signature fuck you to the right to right wing, and to say that Anti-Flag were stunning tonight is an understatement. Mid set they are joined on stage by the Reel Big Fish horn section and each song they launch into really does make you think that things can be changed for the better when they call for equality and unity, and of course a hefty dose of their venom is reserved for Donald Trump.
 
fireball AF 2If an Anti-Flag show indicates anything it’s that the resistance is alive and well and has a strident and eloquent voice, and it is also having a fucking good time. We need bands like Anti-Flag more than ever now, and they’ve stepped up to the plate as tonight they delivered a perfect set of resistance fuelled punk rock. Anti-fascist, anti-sexist, anti-racist, Anti-Flag walk the walk and their 45 minute set is as good as anyone I’ve seen live this year. They throw a frantic rendition of The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go into the set, a band that had a huge influence on them both politically and musically, and this is accompanied by a delerious circle pit and they end the set with half the band, including drummer Pat Thetic, in the middle of the pit.
 
Fireball RBFOver the course of the set tonight’s DJ has steadily transformed into Pennywise the clown, or at least a close facsimile, and the transformation is complete prior to the appearance of Reel Big Fish. They kick the party up a notch with their brass heavy ska, tracks like Everyone Else Is Asshole gets a rousing singalong from the crowd and it’s clear that this is a band that know how to deliver a set of feel good ska. The relentless upbeat party doesn’t stop, and neither does the sold out crowd that are crammed onto the dance floor. Monkey Man returns things to the roots of ska with The Maytals classic causing a unified front to back bounce
 
Fireball AF 3From my vantage point there literally no one who isn’t skanking, bouncing or dancing anywhere in the venue. This continues throughout Reel Big Fish‘s set, inflatables are batted about, and the atmosphere is about as good as you get, with something to suit everyone who is of a punk mentality and they deliver a set of crowd pleasers and covers that is their hallmark. Tonight’s opening date of the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour has contained five very different bands, everything from the pop punk of the local openers, through, the slick punk rock of Sweet Little Machine, the hybrid ska of Mad Caddies and the politically sussed punk of Anti-Flag, that was all topped off with the party ska of Reel Big Fish
 

Fireball AF 4Anti-Flag‘s website is here

Mad Caddies website can be found here

Reel Big Fish‘s web presence is here

Sweet Little Machine‘s Facebook page is here

Everyone And Anyone‘s Facebook presence is here

Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here 

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

The Bottom Line Added To ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire’ Tour

Fireball Tour Sept 17London pop-punks The Bottom Line have been added as very special opening guests to the 17th October London date on the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour. Fresh from a European tour supporting Waterparks, they will be appearing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and Sweet Little Machine, with The Skints replacing Anti-Flag at the Liverpool and Sheffield shows. The Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour is your only chance to see some of the finest live bands the international punk scene has to offer on one stage this October .
 
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Sweet Little Machine Monsters

Sweet Little Machine

Monsters

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 
Sheffield’s Sweet Little Machine were recently crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, an achievement that has catapulted them from playing intimate local venues to touring the UK with the likes of Don Broco, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Patent Pending and Wheatus, as well as a prestigious slot on the upcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire UK Tour with Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies, Reel Big Fish and The Skints, and now Sweet Little Machine are set to self release the Monsters EP ahead of their forthcoming appearances on the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour.
 
By anyone’s standards Kill The Hero is an impressive opening number, all gruff punk swagger and drive with a glorious pop punk sheen. Hurricanes continues the bouncy punk rock assault before the the gloriously titled D!ckwad brings a frantic burst of energy that is guaranteed to send the mosh pits into delirium. The EP’s title track brings a bouncy and radio friendly element that recalls Green Day‘s anthemic style and Miracles continues the energised adrenaline feel of the EP, before finally A Day Too Soon lets you down gently with a heartfelt melancholy finale.
 
For those lucky enough to be attending the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire UK Tour next month the Monsters EP is all the reason you need to make sure you’re out early as Sweet Little Machine have delivered a gloriously infectious EP. Monsters demonstrates exactly why Sweet Little Machine beat all comers and were crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, this is an impressive release that fans of the likes of Green Day, Fall Out Boy, You Me At Six and A Day To Remember will adore, and you can guarantee that after hearing the Monsters EP I’ll be down the front for the opening night of the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire UK Tour.
 
Monsters is set for release on 6th October 2017 and can be pre-ordered here
 
Tickets for the Fireball Fuelling The Fire UK Tour can be purchased here
 

‘Might As Well Fest III’ Announce Final Line Up

Might As Well Fest 3Might As Well Fest have revealled the final line-up for their third annual installment, featuring some of the UK’s best underground punk bands. The punk rock all-dayer, is being held in London across The Old Blue Last and The Macbeth on Saturday 7th October 2017, and it promises to be a fun affair with all proceeds going to aid charities CALM and SANDS.
 
Early bird tickets are available at £10.00 for a limited time here
 
The final line up for Might As Well Fest III can be viewed below

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Deadbolt Festival Hits Manchester This Weekend

Deadbolt Festival 2017The Deadbolt Festival hits Manchester, UK this weekend, the UK’s number one alternative festival takes place across some of the city’s finest venues, including Gorilla, The Bread Shed, Factory, Underdog and Zombie Shack, the festival features over fifty bands across three stages and takes place this weekend, 30th September to 1st October. The Deadbolt Festival boasts an impressive line up that includes some of the UK’s best alternative band’s, including WSTRKamikaze Girls, Martyr Defiled, Shields, Junior and Carbine.

Further details of the Deadbolt Festival can be found here

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Sweet Little Machine Reveal ‘Monsters’ Video

Sweet Little Machine Monsters Sweet Little Machine have revealed a brand new video for ‘Monsters‘, the title track from their new EP that is set for release on 6th October 2017. The band will be opening every night on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour in October 2017 playing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and The Skints.

The Monsters EP can be pre-ordered here

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Sweet Little Machine To Release ‘Monsters’ EP

Sweet Little Machine MonstersMonsters is the new EP from Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, Sweet Little Machine, that is due to be released on the 6th October. Monsters is an EP packed full of the kind of arena ready punk rock songs that were made for the big stage and the radio waves, and you can catch the band on tour throughout the UK with Reel Big Fish, Anti-FlagThe Skints and Mad Caddies next month on the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour.
 
You can pre-order the Monsters EP here
 
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Sweet Little Machine Release Stream Of ‘Monsters’

Fireball Tour 17Sheffield pop punk quartet Sweet Little Machine have announced the release of their new EP, Monsters, on the 6th October 2017, ahead of the release the band have unleashed a stream of the EP’s title track. Sweet Little Machine were chosen last year as Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, and the band will be opening every night on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour in October 2017 playing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag and Mad Caddies each night.

The title tracks from the Monsters EP can be streamed here

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Sweet Little Machine Added To Spring Break UK Tour

Patent Pending Spring 17 UK TourRecently crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, Sheffield quartet Sweet Little Machine have announced that they will join Boy Jumps Ship and Eternal Boy as tour support for New York pop punks Patent Pending on their April 2017 UK tour dates next week. Sweet Little Machine have also released a video for their latest single, Hurricane. The band have just returned from supporting Me First & The Gimme Gimmes on their recent UK stint and will also be taking the opening slot on the 2017 leg of the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour.

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Sweet Little Machine Crowned ‘Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017’

Gimme Gimmes Feb 17Sheffield quartet Sweet Little Machine have been crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017 and will be taking the opening slot on the 2017 leg of the Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour, details of the tour will be released in May 2017. After being hand picked to open O2 Academy Sheffield on last year’s tour by a panel of music industry experts, including Alex Baker of Kerrang! Radio and members of Less Than Jake, Sweet Little Machine were subsequently chosen as Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017 from the eight local opening bands on the tour. Sweet Little Machine have also been added to the bill for the forthcoming Me First & The Gimme Gimmes UK tour dates alongside Masked Intruder.

You can stream the track We Used To Own These Playgrounds here