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For a final look back at the year gone by we’ve put together a reel of the station’s best bits. There were, quite frankly, too many to choose from but we included such gems as our Lead LUU prank on Fiona Metcalfe, highlights of The Transmission, The Beat’s infamous ‘Catch A Fresher’ feature and clips from The LGBT Show, To The Point and Alumni Radio.

We’re incredibly pleased to announce that last Thursday night, our very own James Hanson won Broadcast Presenter Of The Year at the 2014 O2 Media Awards for Yorkshire and Humber.

Broadcast presenter of the year = louise min chin

James has been a presenter on Leeds Student Radio for three years, presenting a variety of shows including the well-loved James Hanson Live as well as our Head of Speech in his second year and Programme Controller over the past year. On Thursday he came ahead of competition from ITV Calendar and BBC Radio Sheffield to win the award in a ceremony held at the Royal Armories in Leeds. The award was presented by ITN presenter Nina Hossain and James was described at the best radio talent to come out of Leeds since Chris Moyles! He has just finished his degree in Politics at the University of Leeds and we wish him the best of luck with his future career.

Congratulations also to Andy Seddon of LSTV who won the Emerging Talent Award and to our friends at Leeds Student Newpaper who won Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year and were runners up for Editorial Team of the Year. You can find the full list of winners here.

Listen to some podcasts of James Hanson Live on his mixcloud page.

Glass Animals are a four-piece band hailing from Oxford. Having met at school aged fourteen, Dave, Joe, Drew and Edmund recorded early EPs in Dave’s bedroom before being signed to WolfTone records, owned by Paul Epworth. Since then they’ve been to SXSW, Australia and just finished their latest UK tour, all of which supporting their debut album Zaba which came out on June 9th. Filled with psychedelic, off-beat tropical noises and obscure lyrics about peanut butter, it’s one of 2014′s finest releases.

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I caught up with the band before their show at the Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds to discuss how the songs are constructed and produced. I also asked them about Dave’s decision to finish a medical degree early in order to pursue the band full-time and the confidence the band have been given by the support of Paul Epworth.

Live at the Belgrave Music Hall Glass Animals come across well, bringing the sounds of the album to life with a particularly strong drummer in Joe Seaward. I would have liked them to weave the songs together a little more to maintain the atmosphere they created, but I don’t doubt that in time they will nail it this minor aspect. Their records were beautifully brought to life, with frontman Dave Bayley providing a manic energy to the show which makes you worryingly believe him when he sings “I’m f*cking loco”.

Matt Tasker

Photo courtesy of Leo Garbutt

Find more about Glass Animals on their website and Soundcloud. Catch them live at this summer at festivals including Glastonbury, Beacons and Latitude.

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