Ever wanted to know what it’s like to camp in the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by wonderful food and perfect music? Well, you lucky little sunflowers, here is your chance. Ex-Head of Music, Robbie Russell, gives you a quick round up of Beacons Festival 2014. Click here to find out which food extraordinaire gets Robbie’s allusive and completely fictitious LSR Stamp of Approval, and which artist he calls ‘one of the most exciting names in Hip Hop’.
Head to the Beacons Featival website for more info. Early Bird tickets for Beacons 2015 are now on sale.
Arguably one of the best festivals to grace the UK’s summer every year, attracting some hundred thousand people to each event, Leeds Festival is almost upon us. Whether you wear skinny jeans and too much eye liner or have an obsession with triangles, Reading and Leeds is guaranteed to suite your musical tastes and to provide everything in between. It’s lucky that we trotted along to the local press day to meet the festival organisers and some local bands isn’t it? You lucky sods.
Here at Leeds Student Radio, we’re pretty proud of all the exciting things our members get up to. So proud, in fact, that we just want to tell everyone. It’s not that we want to take credit for their hard work and enthusiasm, but we like to think that LSR played a tiny little role in their success stories.
Harry (left) at the LSR Awards last year.
Take Harry, for example. Since joining LSR in 2012, Harry has presented on of our flagship music shows RPM Presents: Indie and Alternative, co-produced the ridiculously hilarious Bleakhousewoodhouse, and even taken on the massive committee role of being a Head of Music. He has also been known to present Beech Coma, a late night specialist music show slash blog slash record label. Now Harry is working in London, and has been picked up by the music oracle CMJ. See what he has to say in his first ever interview…
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.
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.
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.
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”.
So another year of university is over and with it another year of Leeds Student Radio. It’s been a fantastic year for LSR – we’ve had over three-hundred members making over a hundred hours of radio every week. We’ve put on some great events like Lead LUU – The Results, The Transmission and more. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes too with re-brands, renovations and plenty more change. We were also delighted to have been awarded with Best Media Society at this year’s Riley Smith Awards.
We’ll be posting occasional updates over the summer whilst we’re off-air, but get ready to tune back in to Leeds Student Radio in September for Freshers Week!
Thanks to everybody who has listened this year. Thanks to all the students, societies and other guests who have joined us on air throughout the year. Thanks to all of our fantastic members who’ve worked on and off the air all year to make it wonderful. Finally, thank you to all of the committee for their work behind the scenes, without whom this year would not have been possible.
With exams drawing to a close and summer beckoning, LSR has become a bit of a hub for live music sessions. Today we welcomed Maeve Campbell, who is putting her Music & French degree to good use by writing some seriously good songs. She played a song of her own before being joined by guitarist Joe for covers of both Lianne La Havas and Amy Winehouse. Check out Maeve’s tracks below and be sure to look out for her playing live next year in and around Leeds!
Self-proclaimed experimental blues quintet, The Sound of Beth Olwen brought their beautiful soulful sound to the Leeds Student Radio office for a live session. Only recently brought together by Leeds College of Music, they treated us with two original songs and a truly ‘experimental’ cover of the Beegees. Listen in for news on their dreams of leading the Jazz-revolution in Leeds and their sweet sweet music that will allow them to do it.
Struggling with revision? Stressed with exams? Feel like the Edward Boyle Library might have to start charging you rent?
Last week, James Hanson interviewed award winning Irish Hip Hop act Abandoman, famous for creating hilarious freestyle songs at lightening speed based on audience suggestions. After some suggestions from James, they freestyled a rap about how to get through this revision period when stuck in Leeds University’s very own Edward Boyle Library. The result was quite incredible!