Demon broadcasters scoop four award nominations

By Lily Thake 


Proud student broadcasters of Demon FM, at Leicester’s De Montfort University, bagged four nominations for student awards.

The award-winning student radio station Demon FM was shortlisted for four Student Radio Association (SRA) awards at a Midlands event, on Wednesday October 7.

The event was hosted by Capital FM’s breakfast presenters Dino and Pete.

Demon FM was nominated for the following, Best Interview: Ollie McGrath; Best Entertainment Programme: Dave Murphy and Ricky Lount; Best Technical Achievement; and Best Male Presenter: Dave Murphy.

Ollie McGrath, Demon Media Representative and nominee, said: “It’s an honour to be nominated for an award. It just doesn’t feel real. I am glad Demon FM received so many nominations. Dave Murphy really deserved his. There has been a nice atmosphere around the studio too, which is great.”

Ollie was nominated for an award, after placing a demo in the competition, for his interview with Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador in the UK.

The Ambassador made a speech at DMU’s graduation this July, Ollie submitted his details and was lucky enough to get an interview with him.

Ollie said of Mr Barzun, “He’s a really nice bloke. The interview went from formal to informal. We talked about Obama, the UK/US relationship and then we spoke about his trip to Glastonbury! He loved Florence and the Machines.”

Despite Ollie being slightly intimidated by Mr Barzun’s security team, he said it felt like a normal interview and “like a chat”.

On Thursday November 5 nominees, including Ollie, could receive a significant award, at the concluding event, held at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London.

Ollie said: “I would get to keep the award for Best Interview if all goes well. Demon FM might even get one for Best Tech, which will be amazing for them. I can’t wait for the O2 event. It gives me a chance to celebrate in London and get all dressed up.”

Hannah Rowe, Head of News at Demon FM, is proud of the success achieved by her colleagues and wishes them all the best in November.

Miss Rowe said, “I am absolutely thrilled for all of the team who’ve worked so hard. It’s not only a brilliant reflection of all the work individuals in the station have done, it also shows Demon FM is going from strength to strength as a station.”

Students wear their birthday suits in live art activity

By Alison Hart

DMU students stripped off last week in an unusual studio-based live art class.

The 17 drama studies and performing arts undergraduates used only paint and their bodies to create pieces of artwork on canvas.

The workshop, held in the Campus Centre studios on Friday 16, is part of the drama and performing arts third year degree programme and shows how the human form can be used in art.

Drama student Ceara Asbury-Dunn, 20, said: “We could take off as many clothes as we felt comfortable with. One guy kept all his clothes on and just painted with a brush and his hands. It was interesting though because at the end he said he felt uncomfortable being fully dressed.

“You would assume the half-naked people would be the uncomfortable ones, but as everyone was in the same boat nobody cared.”

Many students felt happy in their birthday suits as they were covered in paint and filled their canvases with colour.

Miss Asbury-Dunn said: “My end piece was quite messy, whereas other people had a single imprint of their body in the centre of the canvas. My friend made a landscape-like painting using his footprints which looked pretty cool.”

The session lasted from 9am-12pm and also included artist research as well as giving the students time to set up the studio ready for the activity.

A three minute ‘free writing’ exercise was held at the end where students had the chance to write any thoughts down about the workshop without thinking too much about it.

They had to pick a sentence out from the paragraph and then select three words from the sentence which made the titles of their artwork.

The creative activity was inspired by artists such as Yves Klein, a pioneer in the development of performance art whose work famously features women’s bodies covered in blue paint and pressed onto a canvas.

Miss Asbury-Dunn said: “It was definitely different and a little embarrassing at first, but once everyone felt comfortable it was really fun.

“Taking your clothes off is definitely a good icebreaker too! Some of the drama students didn’t know the performing arts students too well and the activity allowed us to get to know each other.

“Discovering how the body can create art and performance by doing it ourselves will certainly benefit me throughout my course.”

Alternative music and art brings Turkish delight to Leicester

By Jake Piercy

The Turkey Café on Granby Street was rife with activity on Thursday as it hosted Anerki, a monthly alternative night of music and art.

The night brought together people from all walks of life to appreciate a range of different artistic and musical outlet, as it aims to break down barriers between different age groups and cultures.

With performances varying from beatboxing and spoken word to world rap and live art, the pub on Granby Street was packed out for a night of alternative entertainment.

Calum Vaughan, 20, who beatboxed at the event, said: “It was fantastic to see artists of so many different disciplines working together, for such a bizarre yet coherent performance.

“This was my first time beatboxing in front of a crowd so the pressure was on, but I had a great time and cannot wait for the next event.”

One particularly outstanding performer was David Dhonau, from the band Billion O’clock, who played bass guitar and acted as a session musician throughout the night before appearing with his 3-man experimental hip-hop collective at the end of the night.

His band, whose actual name is spelt with twelve zeros instead of the word billion, play often around Leicester and made an excellent performance to round off a multicultural and contemporary night.

Another performer on the night was Roberto Dumitru, 18, who was born in Romania but raised in Italy, who was rapping in Italian due to not having a complete grasp of the language.

He said: “I was quite nervous about rapping in my language because I did not think the crowd would like it because most of them are English.

“But when I got on the stage and started to do my thing people seemed to like it and in the end I think I did quite well and everyone liked me.”

When asked how he thought the event ran as a whole despite being poorly organised, Calum went on to say: “The guy who runs it didn’t get a lot of time to put the whole thing together, so it could have gone wrong, but in the end he managed to pull it all together and the night was great.

“Overall I think the night ran really smooth and everyone seemed to have a great time, so I’m open to beatboxing at another Anerki event.”

The next Anerki event is being held on Friday 13 November at The Font Pub on Gateway Street, and will be playing all sorts of different kinds of music and experimental sound from around the world, as well as film and visual entertainment.

The Hoosiers play yummy gig in Leicester

By Natasha Stapleton

The HoosiersIndie band The Hoosiers played an acoustic session at a restaurant in Leicester City Centre today.

The band who were famous for tracks including ‘Goodbye Mr A’ and ‘Worried About Ray’ in the late 2000s played at Meatcure on Highcross Street at 12.15pm.

Assistant manager Warner Bates said: “We want to do exciting things be it live music or fashion shows or stand up comedy. We want to push the limits of what it means to be an independent restaurant in Leicester.”

The band’s 4th studio album, ‘The Secret Service’, was released on October 9, however they have been somewhat under the radar for a few years since their last album ‘Bumpy Ride’ was released in 2011.

Entry was free and Meatcure also offered 20% off food for everyone who was lucky enough to get a table between 12pm and 2pm, and also for anyone who wanted to take away after the set.

Around 50 people attended the gig, meaning the small restaurant was relatively full.

Warner added: “The gig came about by me wanting to push the whole ‘more than just a burger joint’ motto of ours. The Hoosiers have a contact in common with us here in Leicester so we saw a great opportunity.”

“Because we are independent we can jump on these great opportunities when they come along.”

Audience member Tommaso Turner, 23, said: “It was a really fun gig, with a great atmosphere, it was really good to hear songs I haven’t heard for a long time. Plus, the food was twice as good.”

Meatcure has three restaurants across the Midlands, one in Market Harborough which opened in October 2014, one that will be opening soon in Leamington Spa and one in Leicester which opened in June.

‘Steady’ Leicester goalless at half-time with Spurs

Half-time: Leicester City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0

City manager Claudio Ranieri’s consistent approach to team selection hints at a ‘steady’ hand on the tiller – and the word just about summed up the Foxes’ first half goalless performance against visiting Spurs.

Leicester had plenty of possession with Marc Albrighton’s 19th minute long-range effort and Jamie Vardy’s 34th minute 60 metre foray down the right wing probably the best of their attacks, that were, well…’steady’.

The midfield encounters were pretty even with the odd burst of brilliance from Shinji Okazaki in blue and Mousa Dembele in white but on the whole the cancelled each other out.

Skipper Wes Morgan and partner Robert Huth were ‘steady’ in defence and keeper Kasper Schmeichel didn’t have a single save to make with injury-worry Harry Kane pretty toothless in attack despite Erik Lamela’s best play-making efforts.

Probably the biggest excitement came mid-way through the half when both teams came to the side of the pitch to top up on fluids lost in the 26 degrees heat.

Perhaps Ranieri will live up to his ‘Tinkerman’ nickname and make a switch right at the beginning of the second half and bring on new Napoli midfielder Gokham Inler in the search for three wins out of three.

Maximum points would put Leicester sitting at the top of the Premiership table thanks to Manchester United only being able to squeeze a dismal 0-0 draw against Newcastle in the early kick-off.