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For the first time, on Friday the 25th of April, Leeds Varsity Twenty20 Cricket will take place at the Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground. With both women’s and men’s matches, the day promises to be full of action – all in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young after the loss of Tommy Hardman, a Leeds Met student and great cricketer. The first match starts at midday and tickets are available for a mere £5 from here

Leeds Student Radio will be providing exclusive commentary of the match live from Headingley – with expert analysis and getting the reaction of everybody in the stadium. Wherever you are in the world, if you can’t be there, make sure you’re listening

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You can find out more and buy tickets here

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The LSR Awards are back for another semester! Celebrating the best shows, presenters and contributions of this second semester of broadcasting. The nominees have officially been announced, decided by the Station Manager, Programme Controller and Deputy Station Manager . The winners will be announced in a social after the Easter break. Congratulations to everybody who’s been nominated!

On Wednesday 26th March, Leeds hosted the 128th Christie Cup. The annual triangular competition is fought between Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool Universities

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Students compete in 32 different sports across the day, hosted by a different university each year, and this year the championship came to Leeds

Leeds Student Radio sent reporters across Leeds to watch plenty of different matches and report back for this special summary of the days action. We also cross live to The Edge for live commentary on the Men’s and Women’s basketball

Final Results: 1st Leeds 172.5pts – 2nd Manchester 161pts – 3rd Liverpool 144.5pts

To find out more about the Christie Cup, click here

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After weeks of campaigning, four days of voting and one day of nervous waiting, on Friday 21st March Leeds Student Radio presented LeadLuu – The Results. The results were broadcast live from the foyer of Leeds University Union with incredible reactions on Twitter with #leadluu. Below you will find highlights of the night:

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On the 11th March 2014, STAR, Amnesty, HOMED and Leftovers held a Sleepout in front of the union.  The night started at 6pm, with entertainment running late into the night, including from the likes of Big Band, Swing Soc, Comedy Soc, and Belly Dancing Soc! Nearly 100 people attended the event at different times throughout the night, whether it was to learn how to dance, buy a cake, or chat to one of our local charities.  34 brave people even managed to stay outside for the whole night!

The night was organised to raise money for STAR (Student Action for Refugees) and Simon on the Streets (a local charity working to combat homelessness). The societies were successful in raising £280 for our two chosen causes.  STAR’s primary focus was to raise awareness of the destitution that many people in in the city of Leeds are faced with.

Leeds Student Radio paused scheduled programming for the night and broadcast live from the event from 10pm onwards.  We interviewed the event organisers, charity/ society volunteers, and performers to help give a well rounded overview of the event.  We also managed to broadcast performances from Big Band and Comedy Soc so that our listeners would feel closer to the event, even if they were unable to attend.  LSR was thrilled to be involved with such an exciting event, and to meet so many passionate and interesting people.

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After a month of posters, silly videos and pestering across social media – voting week for LeadLUU is finally here

Leeds Student Radio have recorded exclusive interviews with every single candidate across the six exec positions and for Leeds Student Editor. Simply click here to find profiles of all the candidates

Don’t forget, Leeds Student Radio will be exclusively broadcasting the results on the election from 5pm, Friday 21st March – So if you can’t be in the union foyer then make sure you’re listening online!

As the Leadership Race begins to build up, Leeds Student Radio caught up with Tim Mortimer. Tim was the 2010-11 Activities Officer and gave us an insight into what it’s like as a member of the Leeds University Union Student Exec.


Tim talks about what it was like to run in the election and be an officer while the £9,000 fees were being debated and introduced. If you want to hear more, then visit the LUU website and get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #LeadLUU.

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming The Mexanines into the Leeds Student Radio office for an exclusive interview and acoustic session.

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The talented six-piece have exploded onto the Leeds music scene in recent months supporting the likes of The Pigeon Detective and Reverend and Makers. Their ‘nosy-folk’ influences were translated in the chilled set they performed in our very own LSR office. Get yourself the free download of ‘One of These Days’ online and keep an ear and eye out, these guys are everywhere.

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Interview by Emma Rice – Hear more local Leeds music on RPM Presents: Leeds, Live and Local, every Monday night at 9pm on Leeds Student Radio

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During a visit to Leeds University Union, Georgia Hennessy Jackson sat down with Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. They discussed student fees, the privatisation of student debt, the recent university and college union strikes and the ‘War on Waste Campaign’ and it’s relevance to the University of Leeds.

*Correction: The University of Leeds does donate non-perishable food waste to homeless shelters, contrary to as stated

Interview by Georgia Hennessy Jackson

Stuart Cook is the new head of The Beat, the drive time show on LSR. I caught an interview with him to ask how his new job is panning out.

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So you’re the new head of The Beat, what made you want to put yourself forward for it?
I’m just an egotistical maniac! No, The Beat is a really fun project to be involved with. It’s a really great way for those who haven’t previously gotten involved with the radio to do so, and I wanted to make that possible. It hadn’t happened so much the first half of the semester and I wanted to make sure that there was more of a chance for people to get involved in the second half.

So you had a bit of a vision for it then?
Not necessarily a big vision, I just wanted to make sure that the core daytime elements were all good. The Beat has a lot of potential and want it to be the best it can be.

What previous experience had you had at LSR?
Yes, I’ve done a lot of stuff. Last semester I produced, co-wrote and co-directed a soap opera called BleakhouseWoodhouse. On top of that I was part of the Thursday Beat show with my friends Sam and Ella which won a nice little award. I’m also the current RPM Rock and Punk producer.

What are your favourite songs and bands?
My favourite section of the Beat’s playlist the ‘Hotlist’, which consists of songs that listeners may not have heard before. We put music on it which we think is going to be big. We had Bombay Bicycle Club on the playlist a few years ago before they became really famous! Personally, I’m into anything between punk and electronic.

Are you considering a career in radio?
I would love a career in radio. I really want to write and I’m currently writing a play with a friend of mine. I’d love to get onto the dramatic side of radio.

Now for some music-related questions. What was the first album you ever bought?
No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls by Simple Plan. The first album I was ever given was the soundtrack to a dinosaur TV show I used to watch when I lived in the US as a kid!

Favourite musical era?
Definitely 2000 to the present. When people started playing guitar the way they’d play string instruments. It’s also the era when bands like Radiohead brought the computer into rock music, which I think is really awesome. I like seeing transition, so I also like artists like Prince and others who push boundaries.

Bowie or Jagger?
Bowie. Definitely Bowie.

Lennon or McCartney?
Lennon, but after Lennon died I’d say McCartney. I do prefer George Harrison as far as solo careers go.

Words: Eleanor Healing

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