Insanity at Reading

After bribing persuading the organisers to give us unprecedented access to the festival, there was quite a bit of Insanity at Reading.

Over the next few days, we’ll be updating this page with interviews, photos, and intelligence gathered over the long weekend.

Throughout the bank holiday weekend, Insanity provided live updates and content directly from Reading festival. We’ll be sharing

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Egham Royal Show Podcasts

Insanity Radio made an appearance at Egham Royal Show on the 28th of August, broadcasting lots of the wonderful live music across North Surrey on 103.2FM. We worked with some brilliant musicians, and are showcasing the performances on our Mixcloud for you to enjoy (if, for example, you weren’t able to make it!)

Watch this space, as there certainly are more podcasts to come!

EU Referendum – Royal Holloway Students’ Union Big Debate


It goes without saying that the European question is one of the most important we will face in our lifetimes, so joining in with the blanket media coverage, Insanity Radio is getting involved! The Students’ Union here at Royal Holloway held a debate on Tuesday the 24th of May to give the opportunity for students to hear the arguments from both sides in a sparring match that grew increasingly heated as it wore on. Held in the SU Main Hall, there was a fantastic turnout with the majority of seats filled both by campaigners from either side or those of us who are undecided. It is a testament to the versatility of students that despite the relatively serious tone of the debate that was about to start, many of the audience including myself and even members of the panel and campaign groups had taken the opportunity to nip to the bar beforehand.

Opening remarks were given by the College Principle, Paul Layzell and the debate was chaired by Chloe Costa of the Debating Society. Speaking for the Remain side were Robert King, President of the RHUL Labour and Cooperative Society, and Richard Brooks, Vice-President of Union Development at the NUS. Alex Balkan, Vote Leave coordinator for Runnymede and Weybridge spoke for the Leave camp, aided by Christian Egglishaw of the RHUL Conservative Society who filled in at the very last minute for Alex Nieora (GLA Candidate for Ealing) who was delayed due to traffic.

Principle Layzell opened the debate with an impassioned speech that drew on his experience of being just a month too young to vote in the previous European referendum in 1975, and our college’s founding purpose of educating women to advance the suffragette movement and implored students to register to vote, arguing that it would be an insult to those that had quite literally ‘given their blood’ to secure voting rights for us.
After a brief introduction by Chloe Costa, the debate began in earnest with speeches from both sides. Robert King of Remain spoke first, drawing on his family’s example of having benefitted from European trade and claiming that we as students would lose out on a number of benefits such as the ERASMUS programme should we leave. In what was probably his strongest performance in a debate that was gradually to become more uncomfortable for Alex Balkan of Leave, he argued it possible to be both Pro-European but anti-EU, pointing out his Bosnian and Tunisian heritage whilst attacking the EU’s effect on national sovereignty. Further statements were made by the more relaxed Brooks (Remain) that pointed out that 15% of research funding in UK universities comes from the EU and that it protected civil rights, with Egglishaw (Leave) countering that 7 countries in the EU constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.

Being an audience of students, it is natural that the audience was as a collective going to be more left-leaning than one made of the general population, and as such the debate was always going to require more work from the ‘Leave’ campaign. It is far easier to debate for sticking with the status-quo in almost any argument than it is to argue for change and – for want of a better phrase – for a step into what some call the ‘unknown’. Even so it must be said that the Remain camp appeared to put up a better argument. Although aided by said easier argument, this was as much down to a more laid-back delivery style from Richard Brooks as it was Robert King’s more confrontational one. One thing that struck me as absent from the debate were arguments that reflected the impact on those from less well-off backgrounds, be them through low income or through living in poorer areas of the UK. Both sides, perhaps more so Remain, predominantly discussed what I would label the middle-class consequences of the referendum. The debate closed with pleas from both sides for students to make sure they have registered to vote.

Throughout the debate the audience had the opportunity to vote for themselves on an SU poll. The results at the end showed a 78%-22% win for Remain that only increased in margin as more people switched on to the fact the poll existed. Interestingly, it gave a far stronger victory for Remain than a poll taken in a similar debate I attended last term put on by the PIR department. The Remain team (very smugly) congratulated themselves in the aftermath, and I can only presume the Leavers consoled themselves with (only just) not having suffered a complete washout in the poll. Both sides stuck around to answer further questions from the audience and each other. For me, my dinner and a beer was calling me home, but Insanity’s very own future Station Manager Charlotte Mason on her show Lunchtime with Lottie at 12:00 on Thursday will be playing excerpts from the interviews she conducted after the debate with panel members. Should you miss it, they will be available on her podcast on the Insanity Mixcloud.
As stated by Principle Layzell and both sides of the panel, the most important thing to take from this debate was a sense of the importance of the upcoming referendum. It would be incredibly easy for me to bore readers with the ins and outs of the arguments, but no. I encourage you all to investigate this for yourselves. Just remember, there are very few truly unbiased sources – especially on the internet. Read the arguments from both sides, find the facts yourself (if they exist), and make your decision as such.
Oh yeah, and then don’t forget to vote!

The Insanity Radio 103.2FM coverage of the EU Referendum Debate held by Royal Holloway’s Student’s Union can be found on the Insanity Radio Mixcloud account here.

The Propaganda
Advice on voter registration and the vote itself

–Words by Calum McGrath

BBC Radio 1 – The Student Radio Playlist 2016

At this year’s Student Radio Conference, BBC Radio 1 announced that they’ll be introducing a new show – called The Student Radio Playlist – and told us that it would be touring the SRA member stations around the country.

We submitted three playlists for consideration and we are proud to announce that Insanity Radio will be hosting The Student Radio Playlist on BBC Radio 1 and Insanity Radio 103.2FM! Our show titled ‪#‎YesAllWomen‬ was curated and compiled by Insanity Radio members and will be presented by one of our very own presenters!

Assistant Station Manager, Conor Ryan said:

‘this is a great opportunity to showcase not just Insanity Radio’s passion for music but also our rich history here at Royal Holloway’.

The Insanity Radio Production Board will be working with BBC Radio 1 producers in the coming weeks and the date of the broadcast of our show will be confirmed shortly!

Pick of the Week | Ed Sheeran – All Of The Stars

No spoilers, I promise, but allow me if you will to drop in a reference, now and again. Okay? Okay.

So… the Fault In Our Stars soundtrack was released yesterday. The critically acclaimed book, The Fault In Our Stars by Vlogbrother and all round awesome guy, John Green will be gracing cinemas worldwide in the coming weeks and months. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to the film, but I have been more interested to see who will feature in the soundtrack.

Soundtracks are important..

It is one of a plethora of aspects which makes or breaks a film. With that in mind, the levels of excitement that I felt, rose when I heard that Ed Sheeran was going to be one of a whole host of artists featured in the TFIOS movie. The artists ranging from Jake Bugg and Kodaline, to Charlie XCX and Birdy!

‘I See Fire’ is the main song that featured during the credits roll of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it turns out, he’ll be playing people out once more with his new song – All of the Stars. I was curious about this song the most. So, naturally, I gave it a quick listen.


I have chosen it as my pick of the week..

..because it sounds like the perfect way to close out a film like this. Based on what I know about the film (which is very little, it has to be said…), it juxtaposes what happens at the very end of the film.

It is certainly a very soothing song which I thoroughly enjoyed. I wish I had the ability to describe the song to you, but the world is not a wish granting factory. There will be that one missing adjective that would just make the description seem…incomplete.

So instead, all I will say is that I highly recommend you listen to the song!


As a little sidenote.. 

This time next week, two Insanity Radio presenters will be presenting live on air for 128.7 hours (5 and a half days) to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust and Mary Francis Trust. However, this is not just an Insanity Radio event, it is going to be livestreamed by the team at rhubarbTV!

During that period, I would love it if you could support Sarah and Hitchen as they go and push themselves to boundaries that are yet unknown. More details will be coming out very soon, so check out the InsanityEvents and InsanityRadio twitter accounts, the facebook page and the website for more details.

Donations are always welcomed, but food, hugs and love for them is just as important. So please show your support to them and for them!

Young Kuk Noh
Head of Events

Insanity Radio Band Profile – Room 6

Insanity Radio Band Profile for Room 6
547211_10151954394694769_1501708264_nThey are a group of young musicians from London who started off in school together. Originally performing mash ups and covers of popular songs for school concerts, Chad and Shahi then moved onto making the YouTube videos. In 2009, they were blessed with the talent of Dan Stern on the drums and since then, they have been able to add a whole new angle to their music, not only in performing covers of other songs but with writing their own material.

Today, they are mixing RnB with Acoustic Pop Rock. Room 6 have seen their music get great responses from far away places such as the Maldives in Asia. The band are set to release their much anticipated EP in the second half of 2014.

Band Members:
Chad Vigano – Vocals
Shahi Ghani – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Dan Stern – Drums/Percussion/Electronics

Main Influences:
Two Spot Gobi, Audiogold, L Marshall, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ed Sheeran

First played on Insanity
26th April 2013


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Puzzle Pieces – Room 6


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Previous Gigs

Event | Jar Music Live presents “Ones To Watch”


Date & Time | 23rd February at 9.15pm on Stage 2
Venue | O2 Academy, Islington (Get Directions)
Event Details : Room 6 are performed at the O2 Academy, Islington! They’ve done it before and smashed it, but this time, it’s going to be bigger and better! With songs from their much anticipated EP, they took to the stage

Full list of act that performed on the night:

  • Accidents and Stars
  • Forever The Foundations
  • Narrow Plains
  • Josephine & The Artizans
  • Greyce
  • DeckaJam
  • Ross Candy
  • Sir. O
  • Room 6
  • The Dirty Flaws
  • Point Inaudible
  • Sherlock’s Dead
  • Year of the Fox



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Insanity takes over 8bar9


Date | 23rd Februrary 2014
Time | 8pm till 10pm
Venue | 8bar9, Kingswood Halls

Event details: Insanity is coming to a venue near you! Insanity DJ, Adam Hitchen will take to the stage to bring you a chilled out session of music that will help you wind down on Sunday evening! Come along to 8bar9 and check out the various ways that you can get involved.

Keep it locked on @insanityevents and @insanityradio for more updates on events happening at 8bar9!

Additional Details: sshh bus tickets can be purchased (£1) to take you back to the main campus, Egham and Englefield Green.



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– Student media involvement (rhubarbTV Livestream, Insanity Outside Broadcast/DJ’s or Orbital Involvement)