York Calling Presents… New:York

The second instalment of York Calling Presents… New:York takes place on Sunday 17 September at The Crescent. The show will feature Chloe Pullan and DRAGG with one other act to be announced.

New:York is York Calling’s way of introducing new talent to the York music scene. Never one for the attention-grabbing headliners, the team of York Calling has scoured its network to find some of the most promising under the radar talent ready to take the stage in York.

What makes New:York unique is that all the acts on the bill will fall into one of two categories: an up-and-coming new local talent or a national or international touring artist coming to York for the first time.

Already confirmed for the next show is local singer/songwriter Chloe Pullan and Hull RnB star DRAGG.

One other act is TBA – and it’s one we’re very excited about!

Chloe Pullan


Chloe Pullan is a singer/songwriter based in York who has recently been more drawn to electronic soundscapes to craft her music. She gets her inspiration from RY X, Rex Orange County and Jorja Smith. She continues to listen to new artists to continue to develop her sound. Her style of genre is Dark Pop with a slight twist of ambience.

Chloe has recently released her first 3 track EP ‘HOME’ out on iTunes and Spotify. The concept of home is built around Chloe Pullans experience in her life and the people around her in their home situations.

Chloe played across Yorkshire in the last 12 months and the highlights include the Duke of Edinburgh awards and Yorks very own Apollo Festival. She continues to write music, gig and release more official music in the future.


DRAGG – photo by Lee Myers Photography

Following a misdiagnosis whilst living in Zimbabwe, Lawrence Sean Sibanda was left with a severe vision impairment and with partial hearing loss after suffering meningitis and being prescribed the incorrect medication for 1 month. The young star is heavily influenced by rappers including The Game, Canibus and Jay-Z.

Not letting his complications or lack of vision get in his way, Dragg joined Project Feenix for his debut performance on The Sesh Stage at the Freedom Festival in Hull when he was only 14 . This first key performance helped Dragg hone in on his craft and developed his presence and confidence in front of thousands. Dragg has also made several BBC Radio show appearances including broadcasts on Burnsy’s morning show, Andy Comfort’s breakfast show, BBC Look North TV and a livein studio performance on Alan Raw’s Raw Talent Show. Dragg later went on to support USA hip hop duet Chiddy Bang at Hull University and opened for RnB/Pop group JLS at Pozition Night Club.

In 2012 Dragg released his first mixtape “The Warm Up” Vol 1 featuring production and verses from known name collaborators within the underground scene like Franchise Beats (Wiz Khalifa, Freeway), Amandi Music, Young Millyz (Red Café, Gun Play, J.Millz) and Ekko aka Young Ancient (UMAS Best Male Rapper 2012).

2015 was bright for Dragg with his song and music video for banger “Let The Beat Breathe” ft. Lady Leshurr. “Let The Beat Breathe” is a hype, in your face grime-esq track that is hard to ignore. The track incorporates the creative production decisions like the use disorienting sirens with constant upbeat emphasise that makes you want to nod your head along with the repetitive, catchy hooks crooned by Lady Leshurr in turn with Dragg’s quick-hitting wordplay. The track fuses Trap and grime elements, with both rappers going back to back and bringing their unique sounds together over the fast, hard hitting instrumental.

There is one other act to be announced.

In the past, York Calling have introduced touring acts such as Wales’s Lowri Evans and Germany’s Nico Laska, as well as providing a stage to young talent such as Rrose Selavy, Lion Papers and Little Resistance.

Graeme Smith, owner of York Calling says: “our mission has always been to promote the vibrant music scene in York. Our city is often overlooked on the national music scene which we think is a travesty. Our gigs are about making enough noise about local acts to get heard nationally and inviting those who might never have considered playing here to come by and see the warm reception they get. So, if you’re passionate about this city and want to help welcome visiting acts for the first time, these gigs are for you!”

Tickets are available here.

York Calling Presents… New:York takes place at The Crescent Community Venue on Sunday 17 September 2017