ADDING VIRTUAL ADDED TALENT to VALUE ADDED TALENT


Time stands still. Our wonderful creative live industry is stopped dead in its tracks. My sincere sympathy and my declaration of solidarity goes out to all professionals whose livelihood has been suspended by the fallout from covid-19. From Artists to roadcrew, suppliers to promoters, venues and all associated support staff.

Value Added Talent has also had to cancel all live tours planned in 2020. It is going to take an effective vaccine to make it safe to gather together in numbers. It is sad to reflect that Covid-19 has had more impact on social gatherings than the Tory government’s 1994 The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

In the meantime, to reflect the changed environment, we are adding to our operation Virtual Added Talent. With modern comms we really can operate from anywhere. I think my most notable validation of this to date was confirming a tour while sitting on the floor of a monastery in Myanmar, using my guide’s mobile phone as mine was out of juice!

For 2020 we have focussed on pitching existing copyrights for TV and film synch use. And on working with a hugely talented guitar player who is in New Zealand and temporarily unable to tour, so working on writing and recording.

I would like to believe we will still be sitting at the live table as events are revived. Bring it on.

In the meantime, I wish everyone strength and resolve to weather these uncomfortable and challenging times. As if world events weren’t already bad enough – in my eyes they are simply appalling – Corona is yet another challenge to our resilience and resolve.

Stay well one and all!

Dan Silver, August 2020



ARCHIVE NEWS - SPRING 2020


STEVE HILLAGE BAND - 2020 UK SECOND LEG DATES

STEVE HILLAGE follows up his successful UK tour of last year with more UK shows in 2020. He plays a series of shows from May onwards across Europe in Portugal, Italy, Japan and they will also headline and closing a stage at the biggest UK Festival.

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JIMI KARA SIGNS TO VAT

Jimi Kara is a mountain of a man. Hewn from rock with his Scots father's genes and his NZ mother. They bred him as a Maori warrior blessed with guitar skills as his weapon of choice with playing skills that tower above you and will astonish.

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SILENT DISCO AVAILABLE FOR FESTIVALS

The original and the best – SILENT DISCO – much copied but never bettered, is available for Festival shows across the world. The highest technical standards are achieved and the technicians are industry best and well experienced in making sure there is no interference across other wireless applications, typically police and emergency services comms, and cashless wifi systems.

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ARCHIVE NEWS - WINTER 2019


STEVE HILLAGE BAND - 2019 UK SECOND LEG DATES

The critical response to the return of the STEVE HILLAGE BAND has been amazing. A second leg of UK shows is booked this November and we are currently considering plans for the summer of 2020.

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AN EVENING WITH THE STEVE HILLAGE BAND - 2019 UK DATES ANNOUNCED

Acclaimed musician Steve Hillage has announced the live return of The Steve Hillage Band for June 2019 performing tracks from his classic 70s albums ‘Green, L, Fish Rising and Motivation Radio.

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VAT NO LONGER REPRESENT ORBITAL

VALUE ADDED TALENT announce they no longer represent Orbital, the band that we have toured since the early 1990s.

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ARCHIVE NEWS - WINTER 2018


ORBITAL ARE BACK IN A BIG WAY!

With a number 1 dance album – and a credible number 12 place in the UK album national all genre charts, ORBITAL are back in a big way. After a summer of great performances at Festivals and own shows in UK and Europe and with the great reaction to the new album "Monsters Exist" they are staying right on message.

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SYSTEM 7 - CAFÉ SEVEN NEW ALBUM

SYSTEM 7 are playing a series of shows to promote the new album Café Seven. This album features contributions from both System 7 and their more ambient offshoot Mirror System. SYSTEM 7 take their audience on a journey, stretching dance music to the limits with a real depth and richness to their sound.

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THE SOUTH - AUTUMN 2018 UPDATE

THE SOUTH have delivered many great shows in UK this year, especially Festival appearances over the summer, They continue playing shows on the civic circuit this Autumn and we are currently taking new bookings in Spring and Summer 2019 for Festivals and own shows.

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SILENT DISCO relaunch this year as SILENT DISCO INTERNATIONAL

Renewing their commitment to developing the optimum technical solutions to wireless headphones their recent innovations include a highly directional transmitter (with superior FM signal and less interference), and the ability to scale up into the thousands with a 15,000 headset up planned this year at Lowlands 2018.

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ARCHIVE NEWS - SPRING 2018


ORBITAL SUMMER TOUR DATES 2018

ORBITAL continue to headline at Festival events and their own outdoor shows this summer. So far we have announced eight headliner shows and there are still a number of dates to be added. In May they release a new single from their forthcoming studio album which will be released this Autumn 2018.

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THE SOUTH TOUR DATES 2018

With a reshuffle complete, The South are a full team again and raring to go! Their live show promises to continue to celebrate and perform the classic Beautiful South songs.

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SYSTEM 7 NEWS & TOURS UPDATE

SYSTEM 7 are enjoying a busy 2018, currently working on concluding their new studio album to be released on June 1st. The album is titled ‘Café Seven’ and combines new System 7 tracks with tunes from their chill-out & downtempo sister project Mirror System.

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ARCHIVE NEWS - AUTUMN 2017


STEVE HILLAGE WINS PROG ROCK AWARD 2017

VAT would like to congratulate Steve Hillage for winning the Prog Rock award for the best re issue of the year boxed set, “Searching for the Spark” album compilation. This documents Steve career to date from Gong onwards and is lovingly compiled with an amazing amount of detail about his career.

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ORBITAL REUNITE AND ANNOUNCE SUMMER FESTIVAL SHOWS

What goes around comes around. And there’s no more welcome return for 2017 than the groundbreaking British dance music of Orbital – creators of classic electronic symphonies and timeless dancefloor bangers, originators of live dance music as a must-see ecstatic festival experience.

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THE THIRD DIMENSION - a new show from the SILENT DISCO

The Third Dimension Spectacle from Silent Disco is a brand new spatial environment spectacle. Silent Disco’s original concept has been emulated but never bettered. Now thanks to new technology lighting controls, a 3D soundtrack is fully integrated with LED lighting located which is located on tall central ”pods” and LED systems in headsets.

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THE SOUTH TO TOUR FROM JUNE ONWARDS


The South are sorry to have to announce that at the end of December 2016, after many years of playing and performing with The Housemartins, The Beautiful South and The South, singer Dave Hemingway has decided the time has come for him to retire from the live performance stage for a while. We know that he will be missed as much by all of the people who followed and enjoyed his long career as he will by the rest of us in The South.

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