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THE VODAFONE BIG TOP 40 GIVES UNSIGNED PORTSMOUTH BAND ITS BIG BREAK

Portsmouth based band, Coax, are celebrating after being named the next Vodafone Future Breakers winner. This gives the four bandmates, Andy Muscat, Ben Kennedy, Brian Flack and James Stephens a fantastic opportunity to launch their budding music career. The Vodafone Future Breakers initiative, launched as part of the Vodafone Big Top 40 partnership with Global, has given Coax the money-can’t-buy chance to record and produce their song ‘Heal and Deliver’ with industry professionals, as well as their live studio session broadcast online with the Big Top 40.

 

Coax formed around eight months ago after Portsmouth session artists, Andy and Ben, began writing songs together. They later joined up with fellow session artists James and Brian after realising they all shared the same passion for music. Since then, the guitar-based band have focused on gigging across the UK, including many festivals, whilst working towards releasing their first EP.

 

Taking inspiration from the likes of One Republic and Kings of Leon, Coax think they can bring something new to the music scene with their infectious blend of pop, indie and rock. The band now hopes this big break will be the stepping stone to something bigger, including releasing their EP soon.

 

On their experience with Vodafone Future Breakers, Coax commented: “Being a Vodafone Future Breaker has given us a huge platform to showcase our music. Writing and performing our own songs gives us such a buzz, so getting to record and perform one of our songs in the studio has been amazing. We can’t wait to write more and hopefully one day we’ll have people singing back to us!”

 

Fronted by the Vodafone Big Top 40’s very own Marvin Humes, Vodafone Future Breakers is continuing the search for the very best unsigned talent from across the UK to uncover the next big thing in music. Listeners, budding artists, DJs and band members can still get involved and enter their tracks or videos through the dedicated hub where they could win a recording studio session with a top industry producer!

 

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Notes to editors:

 About The Big Top 40:

The Vodafone Big Top 40 is the UK’s number 1 chart show with 2.4 million listeners every week. It is presented by Marvin Humes and Kat Shoob, and produced by Global, the media & entertainment group.  The chart is the UK’s first real time chart show with the top 10 taken live from iTunes during the show.  Listeners across the UK can tune in on Sundays from 4pm across 130 radio stations, online at bigtop40.com and through the Big Top 40 app.

 

  • Find out more about Vodafone Future Breakers and the Vodafone Big Top 40 here:

http://promo.bigtop40.com/breakers/home/

  • Hi res images and logos available on request.
  • Follow up interview with Coax available on request.
  • Coax’s SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/coaxuk

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VODAFONE’S NEW TV AD SHOWS ITS BIGGER AND BETTER NETWORK GIVES CUSTOMERS THE POWER TO KEEP THEIR PROMISES

In its latest TV ad campaign, set to air tonight during Coronation Street on ITV at 2045, Vodafone is celebrating being named the UK’s #1 network for voice and London’s #1 network by P3 Connect.  The 40 second ad highlights the strength of Vodafone’s UK network whilst demonstrating that some calls are too important to drop.

 

The ad centres around Amy’s 8th birthday present: tickets to see her favourite popstar, Nathan Sykes, in concert.  As Amy celebrates the rest of the family realise the tickets are yet to be purchased as they actually go on sale the next day.  From 6am the next day, her uncle (one of Vodafone’s star leads) stays connected to the automated ticket hotline while he is at home, commuting on the bus and at work – all with 5 bars of coverage and a call that never drops.  When his turn comes he’s asleep after a long day in the queue: luckily his girlfriend comes to the rescue and is able to order the tickets for Amy.

 

Bilge Ciftci, Head of Brand at Vodafone UK, said: “This ad brilliantly captures why we’ve been working hard every day to make our network even bigger and better.  We know how important is it for our customers to get connected and more importantly stay connected when and where they need it.  We’re so proud to have been awarded the UK’s #1 network for voice and London’s #1 network by P3 Connect we wanted to shout about it.”

 

The advert is available to watch now on YouTube and UK TV and was created and developed by Ogilvy & Mather London and features the tracks ‘I feel free’ by Cream and ‘Over and Over’ by Nathan Sykes.

 

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Notes to editors:

Creative credits as follows:

Agency

Ogilvy & Mather London

 

Executive creative director

Mick Mahoney

 

Creatives

James Manning & Richard Barrett

 

Managing Partner

Jon Tapper

 

Account Executive

Amy Dooley

 

Planning Director

Ed Hayne

 

Producer

Jody Allison

 

Production Company

Knucklehead

 

Director

Tony Barry

 

Director of photography

Patrick Duroux

 

Editor

Eve Ashwell at The Assembly Rooms

 

Producer

Sara Cummins

 

Post production

Grade – Paul Harrison at Freefolk

Online – Steve at GPS

Sound – Arron & Parv at Wave

 

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VODAFONE CUSTOMERS PROTECTED FROM 100 MILLION NUISANCE CALLS

Vodafone UK has blocked more than 100 million nuisance calls in the six months since it introduced new barring technology across its mobile network, it announced today.

The technology, pioneered by Vodafone, blocks bulk nuisance, scam and fraudulent calls from entering its network before they reach its customers. Customers do not need to do anything and will be unaware a call has been blocked since the system works discreetly.

The majority of calls blocked relate to false PPI offers and accident claims, missed call scams, or expensive numbers to ring for bogus offers and prizes. While customers may still receive some unwanted calls, Vodafone is committed to preventing the majority of scam calls from terminating on its network.

Glafkos Persianis, Commercial Director at Vodafone UK, said: “Our focus is on liberating our customers from the stress of unwanted or fraudulent calls. This system and the vigilance of the expert team, which runs it, is a great example of that ethos in action. We have also shared our intelligence with industry bodies and the regulator in a bid to create a united front against the sophisticated criminal gangs behind the scams.”

Nuisance or scam calls are typically generated from dialer machines capable of making thousands of simultaneous call attempts per second to vast quantities of mobile numbers across the industry. Vodafone prevents up to two million automated calls from getting through to customers on a daily basis and has blocked nearly 65,000 individual telephone numbers from which the nuisance calls originate.

In addition to blocking fraudulent calls, Vodafone UK runs a nuisance call bureau to work with customers to prevent unwanted or threatening calls.

The company is also a member of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which closes down illegal web sites, and was the first telecommunications company to receive the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) Assured accreditation from the DMA for adhering to telemarketing best practice.

Rachel Aldighieri, MD at the DMA, added: “The rogue companies that serially make these types of nuisance and scam calls are the bane of consumers’ lives, and we applaud Vodafone’s proactive efforts to protect its customers. By achieving TPS Assured accreditation last year, Vodafone also demonstrates its commitment to its customers by reaching for the highest possible standards in its own telemarketing.”

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