Smidt is leaving the event he founded in 1986, and which has grown to become one of Europe's most important music platforms, in the hands of his "fantastic team"
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The industry veteran replaces Noble as COO on 13 November, with the Bluesfest founder becoming chairman of the board
By IQ on 27 Oct 2017
Former Sydney Entertainment Centre boss Steve Romer has joined Byron Bay Bluesfest, replacing festival founder and director Peter Noble as chief operating officer (COO).
Romer is a 30-year veteran of the live entertainment and sports industries, most recently serving as CEO as the Venue Management Association (VMA). He becomes COO for both the festival its associated companies, including Bluesfest Touring, with Noble moving into a chairman role.
Romer moves into his new role on 13 November.
“I am excited to be joining the team at the iconic Bluesfest Byron Bay, and look forward to working closely with festival director Peter Noble OAM,” he comments.
“I believe the recent additions to our dynamic tea will allow us to continue confidently into the future”
Noble adds: “We are proud to make the announcement that Steve is joining the Bluesfest group of companies, and will be overseeing operations across the annual festival in Byron Bay, Bluesfest Touring and the company’s land holdings. Bluesfest has become a major player, and I believe the recent additions to our dynamic team of Steve and Simone Twiss as chief financial officer will allow us to continue confidently into the future.
“I am also announcing that I am moving to the position of chairman of the board and will continue to focus on booking talent as well as acquisitions that will take Bluesfest into an exciting new era.”
Bluesfest returns to Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in New South Wales, Australia, from 29 March to 2 April 2018, after a successful 2017 event attended by more than 105,000 people. Performers announced for 2018 so far include Seal, Youssou N’Dour, Jackson Browne, Rag’n’Bone Man, the Wailers and Canned Heat.
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