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Sunday 10 September 2017

What do you get when you mix grunge, pop hooks and the frenetic live energy of DIY punk? Yonaka, a four-piece from Brighton who have kicked down the doors of the UK live music scene in 2017.

The band’s genre is hard to pin down but you don’t have to. There is no blueprint to their irresistible, foot-stomping sound, just multiple ingredients which the band wave into their music like different-coloured sequins, somehow making them feel completely fresh in the process.

They played their first gig just a month after forming, gelling immediately and gaining an instant reputation for their exhilarating, eclectic live shows in venues and festivals across the country.

Yonaka might have only teased their growing fanbase with a scattering of releases so far, but they’ve already picked up praise from the likes of DIY Magazine, Noisey and NME. Over the summer, they also delivered an incredibly tight, riotous live session at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale Studios, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 soon afterwards.

“We want our audiences to leave our shows feeling really fiery,” says lead vocalist Theresa. “We want them to have the same adrenaline rush as we do because we want them to have gone as crazy as we do!”

Hold onto your hats OnBlackheath, Yonaka are about to turn up the volume and shake the floor.