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Yonaka – Announce Debut Album and tour

“…they’re a pop band – an excellent one, who, like Paramore and Lorde, have a knack for operatic brattiness and widescreen ambition.” ­– The Guardian

YONAKA, are delighted to announce details of their debut album, Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow, set for release on 31 May through Asylum Records (pre-order here). In tandem with the announcement, the band have unleashed their explosive new track, ‘Bad Company, and announced a swarm of UK & European headline shows/festival dates – their headline tour will come to London’s Heaven on 30 May (full dates below/buy tickets here).

‘Don’t Wait Til Tomorrow’ is the culmination of the past years’ work from the UK’s most exciting, and fastest-growing, debut rock bands. On their forthcoming album, YONAKA have embodied their unbridled, raucous energy and deeply personal songwriting to produce an incredibly important debut release, brimming with life and chaos. Following a plethora of acclaim from British media over the past year, Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow sees the band’s formidable frontwoman and songwriter, Theresa Jarvis, delve headfirst into hard-hitting subjects, documenting her own experiences with mental health as well as the affect its had on those close to her, entwined in perfect harmony with tracks that explore the complex emotions of love. As a band who’ve commanded a stellar list of producers to date, including Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood), Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys) and Rodaidh McDonald (King Krule, The xx), the LP has been entirely self-produced by the band and engineered by bassist, Alex Crosby – a true testament to the quartet’s steely nature.

Theresa Jarvis says –“The writing process for the DWTT has been a cathartic one. We self-produced the entire LP, which features nine news songs and 3 already released, including the second track we ever wrote – “Awake”. The album’s title ‘Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’ is a message about reaching out to someone, picking up the phone and making a call; it’s about knowing it’s ok to not be ok. The title track is a personal favourite of mine. We can’t wait to release the album and we hope it resonates with our fans as much as it does with us.”

YONAKA’s album announcement follows a busy few years for the Brighton firestarters after a steady release of tracks, EP’s and sold out tours. Having released their debut EP ‘Heavy’ in 2017, the band unleashed their follow-up ‘Teach Me To Fight’ last August, which spawned their breakthrough single “Fired Up”- produced by the band, Tom Dalgety and grandson, the track gained huge support from Radio 1, where it hit No.1 on their Specialist Chart and garnered a host of plays from the likes of Annie Mac, Jack Saunders and Greg James.  At the end of 2018, YONAKA unveiled their self-produced, third EP ‘CREATURE’, with the title track securing yet more support from Radio 1 alongside a swarm of plays at XFM; it has now surpassed 250 plays across both stations.

Already championed as “a band gearing up to fill arenas” (The Times), YONAKA grew their live picture enormously in 2018, quintupling their venue size in London. Not to mention their 2018 European festival run, which saw YONAKA become one of the most talked-about bands of last summer after their frenetic appearances at the likes of Reading & Leeds, Primavera and All Points East. Throw in a UK and European support tour with Bring Me The Horizon in October/November last year, YONAKA brought their high energy show to 18,000 faces across the run, which culminated with two dates at Alexandra Palace. And the band show no signs of slowing down. With a busy touring schedule confirmed for 2019, their UK dates kick-off next month and will come to London’s Heaven on 30 May – the eve of their debut album release.

As the new year starts to unfold, YONAKA are on the cusp of releasing one of 2019’s most important rock albums.




15 March               Birmingham, UK                   Castle & Falcon (HEADLINE)

16 March               Nottingham, UK                   Bodega (HEADLINE)

17 March               Bristol, UK                             The Fleece (HEADLINE)

19 March               Manchester, UK                   Deaf Institute (HEADLINE)

21 March               Tunbridge Wells, UK            The Forum (HEADLINE)


25 May                   Warrington, UK                    Neighbourhood Weekender (FESTIVAL)

26 May                   Newcastle, UK                      This is Tomorrow (FESTIVAL)

27 May                   Glasgow, UK                          The Cathouse (HEADLINE)

28 May                   Sheffield, UK                         The Plug (HEADLINE)

30 May                   London, UK                           Heaven (HEADLINE)

31 May                   London, UK                           All Points East (FESTIVAL)


3 June                    Cambridge, UK                     Portland Arms (HEADLINE)

4 June                    Norwich , UK                         Arts Centre (HEADLINE)

5 June                    Leeds, UK                               The Wardrobe (HEADLINE)

6 June                    Stoke on Trent, UK              Sugarmill (HEADLINE)

7 June                    Hove, UK                                The Old Market (HEADLINE)