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Hey-ho, THE GREAT ESCAPE is upon us and we are more than excited, but not as excited as we are about YONAKA! The upcoming Brighton upstarts have been causing more than a stir over the past year, having recently signed to Atlantic Records as well as dropping their latest rowdy pop single ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’.

Are you ready to see them in the pit? Good! Get acquainted with the band prior to their hometown set as they tell us about what they’re excited for and who’ll they’ll be checking out this weekend.

Hiya huns! It’s been quite a few months since you played our first Future Cuts show (*SPOILER* – it was immense!), how’s life?

Life is good! We have been very busy recording and touring since then, pretty much non-stop (not that we’re complaining.) We’ve got lots of live shows coming up this summer and we can’t wait.

The tour with Frank Carter must have been insane, how was it for you guys?  

It was amazing, playing Koko especially was a real high! And the line up was great! Getting to play with some real talents Strange Bones, Fang Club and of course Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes who blew our heads of every night. It’s quite a different genre to us but I think that’s what made it so great.

And to add to all the gigs, you’ve just released a new single. Can you tell us a little about that?

We have just released ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’ which is one of the more recent songs we have written. It has a lot of power behind it and we feel it when we are playing. It’s quite an aggressively fueled song.

You’re heading to the Great Escape at the end of this week, as Brighton locals is it nice to be playing on home turf?

We love Brighton so much and are so excited to be back for a few days for The Great Escape! We have played before and it’s so lovely to play what we call our hometown.

Are there any new acts you’re going to be keeping an eye out over the weekend?

Definitely, we’re looking forward to seeing Little Simz, SteffLon Don, Rejji Snow, The Japanese House, Ibibio Sound Machine, Maricka Hackman and more.

Your live shows are renowned for being raucous, what can we expect from your TGE set?

More raucous, and a little surprise including bodies and glitter.

If you could collaborate with one artist on this year’s Great Escape line-up, who would it be?

Lil Simz

You’ve got a tonne of dates across the festival season, including monster dates at Reading/Leeds. Any tips for surviving the Great British festival season?

Baby wipes, anoraks, and lots of booze!

Do you slog it out at festivals together or is there a secret glamper within the team?

We like to slog it out, obviously if glamping is on the table we wouldn’t say no!

And finally, for those lucky folk who have their Great Escape tickets, in a few words, why should they come see you play? (Patterns – Downstairs, Thurs 8:30pm). Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO.

Because they won’t leave disappointed and we are gonna move until we can’t possibly any more. Come see us!

Yonaka play The Great Escape today with Patterns, Downstairs at 8:30om.