10,000 ways to remember Sheffield teen killed in Greece

Matt Fest 2015 promotion David Fryer and Anthony Cronshaw
Matt Fest 2015 promotion David Fryer and Anthony Cronshaw
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Up to 10,000 people are expected to turn out to a music festival in memory of a Sheffield teenager this weekend.

Matthew Cryer, aged 17, was killed on his first holiday abroad on a Greek island six years ago and his family have fought for justice ever since.

This weekend will be the fifth annual Matt-Fest music festival, but this year it has spread across the city, country and even overseas with events happening as far away as Bermuda.

“We’ve forgotten how many people we’ve spoken to about Matt-Fest”, joked Tony Cronshaw, who is organising the events with Matthew’s dad David Cryer.

“I’m hopingfor around 10,000 people all in. We didn’t think 12 months ago that we could pull it off but we’ve got venues now coming in at the last minute and asking if they can join in.”

David, of Frecheville, added: “We just want to give a massive thank you to everyone for supporting Matthew’s charity.”

The organisers have a fun fair and are looking for a venue to host it on Sunday.

Call Tony on 07794449923. Entry to all Matt-Fest events is for a minimum £2 donation.

Events this weekend include

Suburbs at the Centre Spot in Gleadless Townend is running three days of music starting July 9 until July 11. Bands include Heavy Duck (Friday) and Passion Play (Saturday).

On Saturday it is Glastonbirley at The Birley pub in Frecheville which hosted the original Matt-Fest and is almost at its 1,600 capacity. Bands include Sonik Seeds and Red Shed.

The Embassy and Foxwood, Intake, holds a northern soul night from 8pm on Saturday and The Noose and Gibbet in Attercliffe has bands on from noon. Reasons To Be Cheerful are playing at the Old Crown on London night on Saturday night and the Riverside pub at Kelham Island has a full day of music with Trojan Explosion.

Family fun days will be held on Saturday at The Sherwood pub, Frecheville, Hogshead, Hackenthorpe, Double Top, Halfway, Wisewood Inn, Loxley, and Norton Meadowhead. The Cutlers Arms, Rotherham, has bands from noon.