Steve Forster, a long standing veteran of the UK music industry and founder and managing director of VMS Live, has sadly passed away due to injuries from a serious car accident.
According to IQ, Forster first set up his own company in 1987 called NPS, which promoted shows, managed tours, and organised club nights.
After serving as operations director at the Wembley Stadium, he joined Academy Music group in 1999, staying with the company until 2007 as main board director and shareholder. He then started the company VMS Live, and ran the live music division of MAMA (now part of Live Nation) for three years.
VMS also acquired several venues under Forster, including most recently Hull clubs the Welly and the Polar Bear.
The company commented: “Everyone at VMS Live is deeply shocked and saddened at the recent passing of our managing director and founder Steve Forster. He was involved in a serious car accident on Saturday March 30, heading south after having watched his beloved Leeds United win. Steve sustained a number of serious injuries, which were treated in Sheffield, after which he was transferred to Royal Surrey Hospital. Following complications, Steve passed away peacefully on Friday April 19 2019.
“Whether you knew Steve from his early days in Newcastle or through the many venues and events he worked with, we are sure you will agree that he was a focused and determined operator, a man who knew his own mind and, overall, a truly unique and talented individual.
“Steve was respected and influential throughout the industry and has passed on a great deal of knowledge and experience to those around him, and for this legacy we can all be eternally grateful.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and all those who were fortunate to have known him.”
Among many others, the Welly also made a statement, commemorating Forster for his passion for “Hull and live music, and we hope to carry on his legacy using the wealth of knowledge and experience he has shared with us.”