Sheffield teenager to be remembered all over the world in series of music festivals

Matt Cryer's dad David along with supporters launches Matt-Fest 2015 at The Birley pub in Sheffield.
Matt Cryer's dad David along with supporters launches Matt-Fest 2015 at The Birley pub in Sheffield.
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A music festival in memory of a Sheffield teenager has gone global – with more than 200 events planned from Birley to Bermuda.

Matt-Fest was put together after Owls fan Matthew Cryer was unlawfully killed on his first holiday abroad six years ago – aged just 17.

It has been held at The Birley pub in Frecheville ever since, but thanks to friends and family spreading the word, it will be expanding this year.

Festivals will now take place in London, Cuba, Bermuda and America in July.

It is hoped that up to £250,000 will be raised – enough to cover the ongoing legal costs of the family’s fight for justice and to create a youth centre in Matthew’s name at Frecheville Library.

David, Matt’s dad, of Frecheville, said: “It has just gone crazy, there are now 200 events all over the world.

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“Everyone has jumped on board which is great, because it is keeping Matthew’s name in the public eye.

“We are hoping we could maybe rebuild a new library and a youth centre in Matthew’s name, because there is nothing for the young people to do around here.”

In December, four men were acquitted of causing Matthew’s death on the holiday island of Zakynthos, Greece despite a UK inquest ruling that he had been unlawfully killed.

The inquest heard he had been beaten and thrown down stairs at nightclub Cocktails and Dreams in the resort of Laganas.

The family are now appealing the decision to clear the men.

Tickets are now on sale for Matt-Fest in Sheffield, which will be held at The Birley on Saturday, July 11.

Tickets, priced £2, are available from the pub.