Brighton fire starters, Yonaka, have today unveiled their debut, five-track EP Heavy.

Heavy is yet another sterling effort from one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic up-and-coming guitar acts. Having worked closely with Rodaidh Mcdonald (The XX, Sampha) on production, sonically, the new EP brims with life and chaos, showcasing the Brighton-based band’s limitless musical vocabulary, something for which they have already received acclaim for after being hailed as ‘ones to watch’ by the likes of Clash, NME, Kerrang!, DIY + many more over recent months. Lead EP track Bubblegum, a riff-led juggernaut about desire and determination, was showcased for the first time on Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show last month with a pristine live session from Maida Vale’s Abbey Road Studios and has already become a firm favourite amongst fans.

Quickly making a name for themselves on the live scene with their frenzied, adrenaline-charged performances and having been shortlisted for ‘Live Act of the Year’ at the Independent Festival Awards, which take place on 30th October (previous winners include Catfish and the Bottlemen and Slaves), Yonaka became a staple billing on this summer’s UK festival circuit with appearances at Reading & Leeds, Download, Bestival, Dot to Dot, The Great Escape and many more. Selling-out London’s Borderline last month and having played their biggest home show to date this week supporting The Libertines at the 4,000 capacity Brighton Centre, Yonaka have tripled their live capacity since March! This autumn and winter, the band will be heading out on the road for a nationwide UK tour including a show at The Camden Assembly on 31st October, extra dates have been added due to overwhelming demand.

Currently working towards their debut album, watch Yonaka cement their name as frontrunners in the burgeoning UK guitar scene.



Date Venue
Tue 14th The Broadcast Glasgow
Wed 15th Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh
Thu 16th Portland Arms Cambridge
Fri 17th West End Centre Aldershot
Sat 18th Moles Bath
Mon 20th The Harley Sheffield


Date Venue
Wed 20th Talking Heads Southampton
Thu 21st Green Door Store Brighton
Fri 22nd Bootleg Social Blackpool

January 2018

Date Venue
Sun 14th Butlin’s Rockaway Beach Bognor Regis
Fri 19th Green Door Store Brighton

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