Fireball Fuelling the Fire Tour: Flogging Molly, The Bronx, Face to Face | O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush, London | December 2nd, 2018

Going to a gig in London is always satisfactory, being at the Fireball Fuelling the Fire even more! For those of you who don’t know what is Fireball, let me introduce it to you: it is a cinnamon whiskey from Canada, and the company that produces it every year organizes a punk rock tour around the UK.

Last year we saw Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and Reel Big Fish, this year we will see the captains of Irish punk, Flogging Molly, with the The Bronx and Face to Face! Nothing left to say, just let’s jump into the night…

with a shot of Fireball of course! Unfortunately, I missed the Lost in Stereo gig, openers of the gig, but I got back in line when Face to Face started their set. They are a band that I love on tour, especially for their energy and pure attitude. It’s the third time that I saw Trevor and band on stage, and they never disappointed me. Among the songs, my favourite one will always be Ordinary, but I have to say that with their 40-minutes set they set the Empire on fire.

Then it’s time for The Bronx, a band that I didn’t know before but I heard they are very good… so that’s why I didn’t want to miss their set! They started fast, very fast, with this hardcore sound, which is different, which makes you dance, bang your head, and at the same time, you want to sing-along with the singer, Matt Caughthran. Well, there’s no need to say that I really appreciate them!

Few minutes break and then we start with the headliners of the Fireball tour, Flogging Molly. It was several years that I hadn’t the opportunity to see them live and meanwhile they have also released a couple of albums, which I didn’t listen to properly. However, I have to say that Dave and friends haven’t lost the energy! Thy went through all their classic songs, such as Devil’s Dance Floor, Drunken Lullabies, Float, What’s Left of The Flag and Seven Deadly Sins, but they also proposed the new songs, which perfectly match in the setlist. They ended the show with an emotional If I Ever Leave This World Alive, which everyone sang it out loud. A great show by Flogging Molly, who, despite the many years on the road and their sound evolution, still bring forward the Irish punk flag!

It has been another great Fuelling The Fire Tour, and while we tiredly walked home, I was already thinking about who will fuelling the fire on stage next year!

Live report by Stef

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