Phil’s on song for Eurovision

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Eurovision Song Contest scholar and lifelong fan Phil Jackson has once again been given an exclusive backstage pass to the event and is set to launch the first research network on the event.

Phil, a senior lecturer and programme leader at Edge Hill University, is attending this year’s event in Norway to provide press coverage for regional media and to undertake research for an upcoming chapter in an edited collection on music and identity. He is attending all rehearsals, press conferences and media launches of the 39 countries who are taking part in Saturday’s final.

To coincide with the contest, he and fellow founder members Dr Karen Fricker and Dr Toni Sant are officially launching the Eurovision Research Network.