Get access to some of Britain’s best events with VIPNow.

Get access to some of Britain’s best events with VIPNow.

Get access to some of Britain’s best events with VIPNow.

With Vodafone VIPNow you can get access to some of Britain’s best events, this means you can get tickets to the hottest music festivals, Vodafone London Fashion Weekend or the McLaren Technology Centre. Lots of Vodafone customers have already enjoyed some of Britain’s best events. Registering for Vodafone VIP is easy.  Just login or register and give yourself lots to look forward to. Vodafone  joined forces with Warehouse to offer you and up to three friends an after hours shopping experience – with £1000 to spend. Or you could enjoy the attention of your own personal stylist at GAP, along with £500 gift card to spend in store, champagne, canapés and a fabulous goody bag.  Fancy a new hairdo? You can also take advantage of some great discounts at TONI&GUY salons nationwide. And if you’re in need of some inspiration about your look, your home or just life in general, Vodafone offers subscriptions to some of the UK’s bestselling magazines.  What a great way to stay ahead of all the latest trends. If you love Formula 1™ and fast cars, you’ll be in pole position for some unique experiences with Vodafone VIP. Imagine exclusively seeing the technology that shapes the success of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – one of the top Formula 1™ teams.Well, Vodafone  got tickets to go behind the scenes and tour the McLaren Technology Centre. As a Vodafone customer, you’ll have the chance to get tickets to some of the best events throughout the summer. Whether you’re into ambient or metal, folk or trance, classical or indie, you’re in for a musical treat to remember this festival season.  Vodafone VIPNow

The Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show.

eurovision-song-contestAlready for 53 years, the Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show. After more than five decades featuring some 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s collective mind. Read on to find out how it all started over half a century ago…
After 53 years, the database with Eurovision Song Contest facts and figures, stories and anecdotes is huge! A true, die-hard fan knows how many points Luxembourg got in 1980 (56), who came last in 1972 (Malta, with 48 points) and how many times the Netherlands got 12 points in 1996 (once, from Austria). Because no one can expect you to become a living Eurovision Song Contest encyclopedia, takes you through the contest’s history in fast forward. It’s all you need to know before you dive into the rich history of the Eurovision Song Contest…

How it all begun
Did you know that not only stars like ABBA, Celine Dion, Cliff Richard and Julio Iglesias took part, but also dance act Riverdance thanks its fame to the Eurovision Song Contest? The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was formed on 12th February 1950 by 23 broadcasting organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean at a conference in Devon, United Kingdom. It was on the 6th of June, 1954, that Montreux became the venue for the first transmission by the EBU’s Eurovision Network of the Narcissus Festival and its flower-bedecked procession floats. The first Eurovision viewers eagerly watched on four million television sets in homes, bars, and shop windows in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Ambitious project
In 1955, the EBU came up with the idea of an international song contest whereby countries, represeted by their respective public broadcasters, would participate in one television show, to be transmitted simultaneously in all represented nations. This was conceived during a meeting in Monaco in 1955 by Marcel Bezençon, a Frenchman working for the EBU. The competition was based upon the Italian Festival di Sanremo, held for the first time in 1951, and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: In those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist yet at that time, and the Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network. Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne was born!

The successes
Without interruption, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, which makes it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. In 2003, the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place, while the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated her 50th anniversity 2005. Viewers picked ABBA’s Waterloo as best ever Eurovision Song Contest song. In 2007, Europe could see the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest.

The 2008 running saw a record of 43 represented countries, as Azerbaijan and San Marino joined the family. The competition has been broadcast throughout Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, even though these countries do not participate. In 2009, an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be launched.

Armin van Buuren – Imagine

armin-van-buuren-imagineImagine is the hotly anticipated third artist album from Armin van Buuren, the world’s number 1 DJ, as voted by the public in DJ Mag’s prestigious poll. Testament to Armin’s ongoing transition from producer to fully-fledged artist, it’s the perfect amalgamation of beats and electronica with lush chords and songwriting.

The main inspiration for a lot of the tracks has come from the theme imagine. Says Armin, “Imagine for me stands for the way I visualise music when I listen to it, and a lot of people have that same connection with music, especially trance which is so emotionally driven. Music is very personal for everybody, and what I’ve realised from my travels is that music transcends everything – the same music can touch people all over the world. You can’t judge someone else on their taste in music, and you can’t turn people onto music that isn’t for them – it’s just something that resonates with each individual. One of the beautiful things about being human is that we can imagine, create, and escape back into our imagination when we want to recall a feeling or invent something new…”

1. Imagine
2. Going Wrong (With DJ Shah Feat. Chris Jones)
3. Unforgiveable (Feat. Jaren)
4. Face To Face
5. Hold On To Me (Feat. Audrey Gallagher)
6. In And Out Of Love (Feat. Sharon Den Adel)
7. Never Say Never (Feat. Jacqueline Govaert)
8. Rain (Feat. Cathy Burton)
9. What If (Feat. Vera Ostrova)
10. Fine Without You (Feat. Jennifer Rene)
11. Intricacy

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