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Brighton firestarters, YONAKA, have today unveiled their debut, five-track EP Heavy, available now through all streaming partners (listen here).

Formed after meeting at university, YONAKA have released just a handful of tracks thus far – most recently Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya. Produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys) and their first output since signing with Asylum/Atlantic earlier this year [the band released a couple of tracks prior on Phil Taggart’s label, Hometown Records], the track was unveiled in May and received specialist support from the likes of Huw Stephens, Daniel P Carter, Annie Mac and MistaJam, in turn, accumulating over 60 plays on Radio 1 alongside a plethora of editorial support.

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 30 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 + 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 4,500 capacity Brighton Centre, YONAKA have already tripled their live capacity since March! This autumn/winter, the band will be heading out on the road for a nationwide UK tour including a show at The Camden Assembly on 31 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.

Check them out! … they are going in our HEY GIRL RADIO spotify playlist 🙂

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