BYRON BAY, NSW (CelebrityAccess) — Byron Bay Bluesfest has named Australian industry veteran Steve Romer to the new role of Chief Operating Officer at the festival and Bluesfest Touring, effective Nov. 13th.
Romer previously served as the chairman and CEO of the Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific) Limited (VMA) but announced earlier this year that he was stepping down from the post.
He also did a stint as General Manager of the Sydney Entertainment Centre and was responsible for all live music concerts, sporting events, musicals, and family shows. As well, he served as Director of Operations at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, and Chief Executive of the Blacktown International Sports Park.
Romer came to the live touring sector after a decade in the Gold Coast theme park industry where he was Director of Operations at Dreamworld, and Show & Entertainment Manager at Sea World.
With Romer's appointment, Bluesfests Peter Noble announced that he was transitioning into the position of executive chairman. In a statement, Noble said he plans to continue to focus on talent booking and potential business acquisitions related to the Bluesfest brand.
This year's edition of the popular Australian festival is due to commence on Nov. 13th.