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    Very few musicians capture the gritty warts 'n all details of growing up and trying to grasp a sense of self quite like George van den Broek, better known as Yellow Days

    "The reason why I make music is to understand myself and the world around me," sums up the Manchester-raised, Surrey-based musician, whose candid, soul-doused songs have guided a spotlight on him since emerging in 2016. 

    On 2017's debut EP 'Harmless Melodies' and the full-length project 'Is Everything Okay In Your World?', we witnessed the first steps in van den Broek's coming-of-age story. Both works, written and recorded in his garden shed and released via Good Years, vividly document new relationships blooming and old ones fizzing out. 

    At sixteen, George would come home from school and retreat to his self-made home studio. He dropped out of college and flunked his exams.
    He returns to that same studio to self-teach himself the piano, guitar, bass and the fundamentals of production. "I just want to become a full producer-songwriter; someone who can play everything." 

    George is in possession of a rich, smoke-stained voice, which lends itself neatly to stripped-down soul or frenzied psych. Outside of Yellow Days, he also makes beats and hip-hop instrumentals, and a 2017 collaboration with Irish rapper Rejjie Snow ('Lately I') hints at another future path to head down. "[Hip-hop] is something I really want to delve into the future. It's within my goals."

    But while his work transgresses simple categorisation, the feeling within these songs is easier to capture. "I just see music as something that is honest and pure. It's all about feelings and truth and honesty," he states. He relates to old-school heroes like Ray Charles and Billie Holiday; singers who allow the cracks and imperfections to show through their emotion. And he aligns himself with fellow modern-day self-starters like Mac DeMarco and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, independent forces who've perfected their own, untouchable sound. "They're all well-read musicians who have a vision, and that's what music should be about. It's not a vanity project, it's some real shit."

    Sincerity lines the seams of van den Broek's songs, and he's been rightly praised for his ability to detail struggles with mental health, especially at a time when speaking up is paramount. "I can talk about my feelings 'til the sun goes down with my friends," he laughs, but he admits that music, which he describes as a "diary", is his one true outlet for expression. "I love to just assess my own human condition; why I act a certain way. That debate constantly goes on in my music."

    
His next project, an album through Columbia Records, is all about "my time right now." Currently being recorded in fuller studio environments that the, now nineteen year old, van dan Broek has long been aspiring to make music in - with full respect to the shed back home - it's set to contain the same light versus dark sparring match that defines his finest songs so far. 

    "The whole point of Yellow Days is to be a project about youth," he states. "It's all about being young and having this overwhelming sense of emotion, this confusion, all heading towards an eventual goal of happiness." 

    "It's all about the hope within."

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  • 07 Jan, 2019

    Yellow Days: Guardian's Rising Stars

    Yellow Days is featured in The Guardian's list of 'Rising Stars of Culture, Science & Food 2019'.

    www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jan/06/the-observer-rising-stars-of-2019-film-music-art-activism-food-books

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  • 26 Nov, 2018

    Yellow Days: BBC Radio 1 'Piano Sessions'

    Yellow Days performed at BBC Radio 1's 'Piano Sessions' for Phil Taggart.
    Click the link below to listen.

    www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00018pj

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  • 23 Oct, 2018

    Yellow Days: New Video 'How Can I Love You?'

    Yellow Days shares his new video for 'How Can I Love You?'.

    www.yellowdayss.com

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  • 01 Oct, 2018

    Yellow Days: London Pop-Up Shop

    Yellow Days will play the London Pop-Up Shop in Shoreditch, London on Wednesday 3rd October, and entry will be free.

    www.yellowdayss.com

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  • 30 Sep, 2018

    Yellow Days: New Track 'How Can I Love You?'

    Yellow Days' new track 'How Can I Love You?' is featured in Pitchfork. See him live at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris in November.

    www.yellowdayss.com

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  • 13 Jul, 2018

    Latitude 2018

    The award winning Latitude festival takes place at Henham Park in Suffolk from 13th to 15th July, and features many Primary Talent International artists, including the Sunday night headliners Alt-J.

    Friday 13th July
    ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
    ...Hinds

    Saturday 14th July
    ...Jacob Banks

    Sunday 15th July
    ...Alt-J (Headliner)
    ...Wolf Alice

    ...and on other days yet to be announced.

    ...Connie Constance
    ...Yellow Days
    ...BLOXX
    ...Bryde
    ...Husky Loops
    ...Sorry
    ...Gaffa Tape Sandy
    ...Malena Zavala
    ...Meggie Brown

    www.latitudefestival.com

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  • 13 Jul, 2018

    MELT Festival 2018

    The MELT festival takes place at Ferropolis, Germany this weekend and features from the Primary Talent and Decked Out rosters.

    Thursday 12th July
    ...Boys Noize

    Friday 13th July
    ...Cigarettes After Sex
    ...Mount Kimbie
    ...Yellow Days

    Sunday 15th July
    ...Fischerspooner
    ...Kim Ann Foxman

    www.meltfestival.de

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  • 22 May, 2018

    Yellow Days: New Tour Dates

    Yellow Days has announced UK, European & North American tour dates for October & November 2018.
    See his artist page for full details.

    www.yellowdayss.com

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  • 18 May, 2018

    The Great Escape: Friday 18th May

    The Great Escape festival will take place at multiple venues across Brighton, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, and a great many Primary Talent International & Decked Out artists will be taking part.

    Friday 18th May
    ...Kawala
    ...Pale Grey
    ...WWWater
    ...Denzel Himself
    ...ABQ
    ...TOUTS
    ...Canshaker Pi
    ...EERA
    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...BLOXX
    ...Nilufer Yanya
    ...Ama Lou
    ...Kioko
    ...Awate
    ...Dylan Cartlidge
    ...Art School Girlfriend
    ...Ebenezer
    ...Sports Team
    ...Malena Zavala
    ...Slowthai
    ...Connie Constance
    ...Avalanche Party
    ...Yellow Days
    ...Bad Sounds
    ...SASSY 009
    ...Sorry
    ...Erol Alkan
    ...Esther Joy
    ...Cowboy Rhythmbox

    For further information, consult The Great Escape website.

    www.greatescapefestival.com

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  • 17 May, 2018

    The Great Escape: Thursday 17th May

    The Great Escape festival will take place at multiple venues across Brighton, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, and a great many Primary Talent International artists will be taking part.

    Thursday 17th May
    ...Girlhood
    ...Jack River
    ...Malena Zavala
    ...Ginger Snaps
    ...S4U
    ...Nia Wyn
    ...Denzel Himself
    ...George Taylor
    ...Sorry
    ...Pale Waves
    ...Rocks Foe
    ...FREAK
    ...George Glew
    ...Benny Mails
    ...Husky Loops
    ...TOUTS
    ...Amaroun
    ...EERA
    ...Joy Crookes
    ...Bad Gyal
    ...The Night Cafe
    ...Now, Now
    ...Gaffa Tape Sandy
    ...King Nun
    ...ABQ
    ...Puma Blue
    ...Makola
    ...Yellow Days

    For further information, consult The Great Escape website.

    www.greatescapefestival.com

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