An unsigned Cardiff rock band is dreaming of a massive fan-base and headline gigs at the
Millennium Stadium after beating more than 300 grassroots entries to win Firestone’s Battle
of the Bands competition.
Fire Fences, formed by four Bridgend Brynteg School mates in 2013, have made their
biggest breakthrough to date by triumphing in the nationwide competition, beating
Worcestershire band Nuns of the Tundra and Suffolk hip-hop act EL-Emcee.
The final, at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) in Birmingham on December
14, was screened live on Firestone’s Facebook page to 50,000 people, with a five-strong
judging panel from Orange, Professional Music Technology, BIMM, Arena Birmingham and
Firestone agreeing on the winning act.
Fire Fences can now look forward to more than £2,000 worth of Orange Amplification
equipment and studio time worth £1,500, along with the honour of being Firestone’s Battle of
the Bands champions.
The band, comprising Dylan Wictome (bass), Will Davies (lead guitar), Aaron Nicholas
(vocals / guitar) and James Lee (drums) have already played in the Millennium Stadium
before Wales’ autumn international with Australia and wants to go back there again one day,
in front of a sell out crowd.
Aaron said: “Every band started somewhere, so why not? To win Battle of the Bands is a
huge confidence boost for us, as so many people voted for us along the way and a huge
audience tuned in on Facebook to see us.
“We couldn’t be happier! We feel we are on people’s radars now and feel like we’re being
appreciated for what we are doing which is a nice feeling.
Fire Fences played two tracks – ‘Can’t Keep Up’ and ‘House of Cards’ – and wowed judges
with their vibrant energy and toe-tapping sound which has been compared to the Arctic
The Cardiff University students are releasing a new single today (Dec 15), another in
January and are aiming to release six singles in total in 2018.
Firestone’s brand manager Stuart Attfield said: “We have been so impressed with the quality
of entries and the decision was an extremely difficult one to make.
“Each act offered something completely different but Fire Fences’ performance was
extremely impressive and their sound was so catchy. We can’t wait to hear more from them
in the future and hope that we’ve put them on a journey to the big time.
“The competition underlines why Firestone is so committed to music and promoting grass
“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.”
To watch Fire Fences, EL-Emcee and Nuns of the Tundra’s performances at the final, visit
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