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VMS Live’s Steve Forster dies

By | Published on Wednesday 24 April 2019

Steve Forster

Founder and Managing Director of live music company VMS Live, Steve Forster, has died, aged 55. He was involved in a serious car accident last month and died from complications related to his injuries last week.

“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 focussed and determined operator”, says VMS Live in a statement. “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”.

Forster launched his first live music company, NPS, in 1987, later becoming Operations Director at Wembley Stadium. In 1999 he joined the Academy Music Group and oversaw its growth until leaving to set up VMS Live in 2007. He also ran MAMA’s live music division until 2011.

Forster’s death follows the death last year of VMS Live consultant Dan Pike who worked on a number of the company’s outdoor events.