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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


Leeds Student Radio spoke exclusively with controversial former-UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom. Yorkshire and the Humber’s representative in the European Parliament answers your questions in a 30-minute interview with James Hanson. From Bongo Bongo Land to calling women ‘sluts’, Bloom discusses in detail the controversies of the past year.



This Friday Leeds Student Radio will be meeting the MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, Godfrey Bloom. Bloom has hit the headlines this year with a series of controversial remarks and has since resigned the UKIP whip

We want to know what you would say to Godfrey Bloom. Whether it be a comment or a question, we may put some to Bloom in our interview. 

Questions and comments must be submitted by 5pm Thursday 12/12/13

Rock band vs Vampires

Rock Band Vs Vampires is currently in production, coming towards the end of principal photography, and is due to be completed by Autumn 2014. An independent comedy-horror feature film intriguingly combining the worlds of vampires and Camden’s music scene, in tone it is somewhere between Shaun Of The Dean, The Rocky Horror Show, Spinal Tap, Monty Python, and Flight Of The Conchords. Jeremiah Winterford is an old-fashioned vampire who finds himself awkwardly out of place in a modern world. Forced to move from Winterford Manor following a torching by his vampiric rival Jako Van Zyl, Winterford and his surviving acolytes find themselves making a new home in Camden (London’s musical capital). Where better for a vampire to hide in plain sight? Sorcerer’s Tower, an unsuccessful prog-rock band are booked to play at the re-opening night of Angelfish, a Camden music venue now under new (vampiric) ownership. Armed with their instruments, can the band save their small number of fans from an eternity of vampirism? Filming on location in iconic London rock venues, including The Underworld in Camden, and Hoxton’s Underbelly. Writer/director/producer – Malcolm Galloway, was the pathology consultant to ITV/Carnival Film’s Murder On The Homefront, and is the lead singer/songwriter of internationally broadcast rock band Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate. He is also playing the role of singer William May in Rock Band Vs Vampires. DOP/Co-director/Editor – Raed Abbas. Raed is a Kuwaiti film-maker. His feature film Cut is currently in post-production, and is one of the first Arabic language action/horror feature films. Clockwork Heart Productions Ltd in association with Abbas Films Ltd and producer Loren Peta.

Last week our very own Elliot Minkin chatted to writer/director Malcolm Galloway and producer/actress Loren Peta about their new film Rock Band vs Vampires. An independent low-budget comedy-horror, this feature film is based on Galloway’s own experiences of playing with a rock band in Camden, London (Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate). As he tells us “it is fairly autobiographical, apart from the bits with vampires, and the orgies”. With filming soon to finish it is set to be released next year. Listen to the interview below then check out and like their Facebook page!

Box Office is on Leeds Student Radio every Thursday at 6pm. Click here to listen to previous shows


Leeds Student Radio’s Speech Showcase is the weekly half-hour show for a wide variety of one-off and irregular speech programmes.

This weeks Speech Showcase marks National Financial Planning Week with a Student Finance Special. Are you experiencing money troubles at University? Worried about paying back your loan? Or would you just like some everyday tips to make your money go further? This programme is here to help you. Featuring expert advice from Simon Fitton of Financial Planning Week and Jess Hawker from the Student Advice Centre, as well as money saving tips and experiences from the students of Leeds.

Speech Showcase is on Leeds Student Radio every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm

For more information about getting help with any money issues whilst at university, visit the LUU Student Advice Centre on the first floor of the student’s union. Or visit their website here

Society showdown

This week’s Speech Showcase saw the giants of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Society and LSTV take on each other at the ultimate challenge. We find out a bit more about each society, and how much they really know about each other’s specialist subject.

Find out more about Sci-Fi & Fantasy Society at their website, or join at

Watch LSTV Live every Wednesday at 2pm on or watch back some of their latest work here.

Next week, faith groups in universities and schools all across the country are going to be running their own interfaith week events. In LUU, 11 of the 13 faith societies have got involved running events such as ‘Religion 101′ and ‘Temple Run’. LSR’s Amos caught up with LUU Faith Rep Evangeline and a group of students involved in the Interfaith Week to discuss the upcoming events and what it’s like being a student of faith.


Taking a bit of a break after Varsity, we sent two of our Arts Show correspondents, Sophie and Georgia, to a preview performance of James Brining’s directorial debut at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. So to keep your appetite whetted until we go back on air next Monday, here’s what they thought:


If this has you running to the box office, you can catch the musical production of The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at West Yorkshire Playhouse up until 26th October.  Also, make sure that you tune in to The Arts Show, every Sunday at 3pm for your weekly discussion on the latest plays, musicals, comedy gigs and all things arty.

Been left bamboozled by the posters all over Leeds University Union? Can’t tell your Activities candidates from your Welfare ones? Well we are here for you. This week’s Political Animal featured advice and analysis from Freya Potter (Leeds Labour Students), John Briggs (Leeds Student), Bruce Rothberg (former LUU Faith Rep) and Joe Mason (LSR) on a variety of topics to help you make your choice. Listen to the podcast here.

If you’re still confused about who to vote for, check out the Dream Team vote advisor, and keep your eyes peeled for our interviews and webpages coming soon.

LSR will be announcing the results live from the Union Foyer on Friday 8th March from 6pm in association with LSTV and Leeds Student, be sure to come and show your support or listen live on our website.




So the Oscars were a thing that happened at the weekend. Unfortunately, because Americans are selfish and have no consideration for us Brits, they were on at a like, 3am and we all know students don’t stay up that late unless tequila is involved. However, Leeds Student Radio, being the lovely people that we are, are sparing you the bother of trawling through highlights by giving you all the information you’ll ever need on the 2013 Oscars all in one little podcast.

Starring: Heather, Emily, THEE James Hanson, and some sketchy film knowledge.

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