A year and a half since releasing their debut album, Young Kato came to Manchester’s Sound Control for the third leg of their tour.

The indie-electronic 5 piece band got gig season off to a great start, just after releasing their new tracks ‘Wanna Shake You Out of It’ and ‘One Two Three Four’. Both songs mirror the wonderful electro-pop sound of their debut single ‘Drink, Dance, Play’ which they released back in 2014.

The band have reached great success since featuring on Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea, where they performed ‘Drink, Dance, Play’ at The Barfly in Camden.

The band have previously visited Manchester on numerous occasions, including a support slot at the Deaf Institute with Spector.

Support slots on the night came from Manchester’s very own Larkins, and indie-pop quartet Youth Club. Larkins were first to perform, playing their most popular song, ‘Hit and Run’, alongside new track ‘Velvet’. They recently performed at Manchester Academy, and are also set to support the Slow Readers Club at the O2 Ritz next month. This 4-piece indie rock band are definitely ones to watch.

Youth Club were second on the stage to provide great support, and playing new track ‘Sorry’ provided a softer, slower chapter for the build up to the main act.

Sound Control proved the perfect venue for Young Kato. Despite the Cheltenham band only just being able to fit on the stage, the atmosphere was electric. The crowd soon became captivated, singing back the words of ‘Runaway’ and ‘Drink, Dance, Play’.


Front man Tommy Wright got the crowd on the floor towards the final part of their set with ‘Sunshine’ – perhaps one of their most enchanting and melodic tracks. By this time Sound Control was echoing with the vibrance and buzz that the band themselves reflect through their rhythms.

The whole set was a visual performance in itself and the band left on such a high that the only thing left filling the room was the sound of white noise and that of the audiences’ applause.



All photos by Sarah Kay. 

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