And then there were three! Firestone’s Battle of the Bands finalists revealed


Firestone’s extensive search to find the UK’s most talented unsigned music act has moved a step closer, as the finalists of its Battle of the Bands competition can now be officially revealed.

After 300 ‘grassroots’ entries were whittled down to six shortlisted acts, the Great British public have now decided that Fire Fences, Nuns of the Tundra and EL-Emcee will comprise the grand final of Firestone’s Battle of the Bands contest, to be played out at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) in Birmingham this Thursday, December 14.

Of those shortlisted, the three acts polled the most number of votes with 26%, 22% and 20% respectively, with Sugarthief (19%), Super Furniture (7%) and The Fleas (6%) completing the votes.

The three finalists can now prepare for the gig of their lives at BIMM in front of friends and family, where more than £2,000 worth of Orange Amplification equipment and studio time worth £1,500 will be given to the overall winner, along with the honour of being Firestone’s Battle of the Bands champion.

A judging panel will listen to the sounds of each act before settling on the winning performers, hopefully putting them on the road to a big breakthrough in the music industry.

Orange Amplification and Professional Music Technology (PMT) have partnered with Firestone to make Battle of the Bands 2017 more successful than ever and both have been amazed by the quality of the music on offer.

Daniel Darby, artist relations and marketing at Orange, said:

“Each act combines an abundance of skills to create a unique sound, which has clearly resonated with the general public.

We knew that they were special talents from the first time that we listened to their music when they first entered. Whichever act goes on to win thoroughly deserves the accolade and we are sure that they will go on to make an impression in the industry.”

Professional Music Technology’s marketing manager Jake Marray said:

“Battle of the Bands has been such a relevant competition because it has given emerging artists and bands the chance to make a name for themselves.

To see the final three acts will be a really fulfilling experience because we know all about their ability. Firestone has created something tangible and meaningful here and from being involved in their Battle of the Bands contests in 2015 and 2016, we can say that this installment has been the most impressive yet.”

Firestone’s brand manager Stuart Attfield said:

“We really couldn’t ask for three more deserving finalists. They all boast unique sounds and display the levels of energy and desire that we were hoping to see when we created the contest.

All three underline why Firestone is so committed to music and promoting grass roots talent.

Back in 1928, Founder, Harvey Firestone, brought together musicians and music-lovers on the Voice of Firestone, which gave known and unknown musicians a platform to perform on and an audience to perform for. This show was the first sponsored radio programme and quickly became the most successful entertainment broadcast of its time.

Just as its tyres support drivers on the road, Firestone supports these rising talents on their Road to the main stage.”

We genuinely believe that these three acts are the strongest that we have come across since launching Battle of the Bands in 2015 and we wish them all the very best in what might well be the biggest performance of their lives on December 14.”

The journeys that all the finalists have been on with Firestone can be viewed at, while people can visit Firestone’s official Facebook page for a live stream of the final at

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