York Calling’s 2015

It’s fair to say we’ve been busy this year. Head Writer Jane Howkins and Editor in Chief Graeme Smith discuss their highlights of York Calling’s 2015. 

Featuring The Stranglers, Dave McPherson, The Damned, Public Image Ltd, The Ordinary Boys, Mulholland, Lost Trends, Lost In The Crowd, and more!

By Jane Howkins and Graeme Smith


This year has been great, both for me and for York Calling. I had the opportunity to get a lot more involved with the magazine and was recently promoted to head writer, which has been a delight to engage in. Being able to speak to a lot of the events promoters and artists while organising opportunities has given me a good view of how the music business works, and being able to pick certain events and artists to work with that I personally believe deserve the coverage has also been nice. There’s a lot of stuff going on underground in York that doesn’t always get a good mention, so being able to bring more light to that has been great.


The other big thing for me this year has been the amount of opportunities I have been lucky enough to have, as well as how varied they have been. As well as working with a lot of local artists from the York area, I have also had the opportunity to work with some more well known artists, most of whom I am quite a fan of myself. Some of the more famous bands and artists I have interviewed and/or reviewed this year include The Stranglers, Dave McPherson (InMe), The Damned, Johnny Rotten and Public Image Ltd, and The Ordinary Boys, all of whom were excellent! I’m hoping to continue this next year, and I will be starting off by reviewing Alien Ant Farm and InMe at The Duchess in January, which I am expecting to be a very good show!


by Jane Howkins

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The Damned – photo by Andy Argyle

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The Stranglers – photo by Chris Mackins

In February, local folk-Americana outfit Mulholland filmed the video for their single Come On Back. The unique video by James Arden starred lead singer Stan Smith as a man drinking alone with his ghosts. The basement bar Sotano was used as the set and the video positively oozed with steam punk aesthetics. We were invited along totake some behind the scenes photos of the video being made and the subsequent photoset proved to be our most popular article ever. James’s video was also nominated for the Leeds Music Awards 2015.

You’ll be able to catch Mulholland on the 9th of March when they come play for us at our next show. More details to be announced soon.

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Mulholland video shoot – photo by Chris Mackins

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Lost Trends – photo by Ruth Hunter

In June, we discovered some hidden gems at The Spread Eagle. The show put on by Blueskies Artist Management was headlined by local rockers Lost Trends whose song DJ would go on to feature on a national TV advert. But it wasn’t just Lost Trends we discovered that night as they were joined by Saltburn-By-The-Sea’s emo rockers Lost In The Crowd who, as I said at the time, could be filling arenas not pubs. Who knows what 2016 will hold for both bands?

September heralded the launch of the first ever issue of York Calling Magazine. The print mag, funded through advertising by local businesses, was put together in the space of 6 weeks and was almost the death of me! It was quite a proud moment to hold the first set of hard copies in my hand, though, and it proved to be a popular addition to the York Calling portfolio. Issue 2 followed in December and Issue 3 will be out in March next year.

by Graeme Smith

There’s really so much more we could have mentioned about our jam-packed 2015. Onwards and upwards into 2016!