Words: Dani Willgress
Last night LDN got to head down to Yonaka’s show at O2 Kentish Town Forum, London. It was phenomenal! With support from King No-One and July Jones alongside Yonaka’s career-defining performance, it’s one you are going to wish you had seen.
Kicking off the night is July Jones, a British-Slovene electro-pop artist and she really brings boisterous energy to O2 Kentish Town’s stage. The feminine power she emits is contagious, as it empowers the crowd while she captivates them with her playful demeanour. Her music is all about female empowerment, her track ‘Girls can do anything’ is no exception. It’s at this point the crowd erupt with excitement. It’s always a very good sign for an artist, to have such a massive response despite being the first musician to take the stage, Jones is undoubtedly going places, at hyperspeed.
July Jones has a new EP titled Silly Little Dreams PT 1 out 8th April 2022 be sure to check it out!
With the thump of bass tones encouraging the crowd to dance and the shimmering of alt-pop guitar, it’s easy to get lost in the music. The upbeat vocals echo around the venue, enticing with emotion. Originating from york, the band have been taking over the Manchester scene, now storming across the rest of the UK making their presence known. With shows like this, it’s clear why they are so popular up North and it’s rubbing off on the rest of the nation.
Powerful, eccentric and full of character, YONAKA’s set is bringing everything you’d want from the Brighton rock band and blowing already high expectations out of the water. The BIMM alumni band are playing the prestigious O2 Kentish Town Forum. Since they formed in 2014, YONAKA have moved from strength to strength building an incredibly dedicated fanbase across the UK and far beyond.
Tonight the performance is faultless, from the massive amounts of energy, the brilliant setlist choices, to the awesome handmade suits designed by John Biggs, tonight the band are undoubtedly bringing their all.
Kicking the set off with ‘Ordinary’ into ‘Greedy’ then the chugging intro to ‘Punchbag’ the energy is climbing with every song that passes, the crowd engrossed in every second of the set. Things calm down briefly for ‘Raise Your Glass. Before starting the track, lead singer Theresa Jarvis address the crowd “I feel like we give ourselves such a hard time for our past and just fuck it! Leave it, let it be.”
One of the most moving moments of the night has to be the stripped back version of ‘Guilty’ it is raw and emits pure vulnerability.
The night concludes with the emotional track ‘Anthem’, the crowd hanging onto every last word, before closing the show with high power, ‘Rockstar’.