SLIDESHOW: Matt-Fest goes global in tribute to Sheffield teenager

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Thousands of people paid tribute to a much-loved Sheffield teenager as an annual music festival in his memory went global.

Matthew Cryer was 17 when he was killed on his first holiday abroad on a Greek island six years ago and his family have been fighting for justice ever since.

(l-r) Emily, David and Georgia Cryer at The Birley Pub, which is one of the venues for Mattfest, which is in memory of Matt Cryer. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Emily, David and Georgia Cryer at The Birley Pub, which is one of the venues for Mattfest, which is in memory of Matt Cryer. Picture: Andrew Roe

Last year, six men were acquitted of charges in connection with Matthew’s death in a Greek trial.

The Matt-Fest music festival, which has been running for five years, partly to help keep the case in the public eye, significantly expanded this weekend as events were held around not just South Yorkshire but the world.

As well as gigs in several pubs in Sheffield, performances also took place in Rotherham, Wakefield and York - as well as Bermuda and Lanzarote.

The biggest crowd was at The Birley pub in Frecheville, which hosted the original Matt-Fest.

A portrait of Matt Cryer at The Birley Pub, which is one of the venues for Mattfest, which is in memory of Matt Cryer. Picture: Andrew Roe

A portrait of Matt Cryer at The Birley Pub, which is one of the venues for Mattfest, which is in memory of Matt Cryer. Picture: Andrew Roe

This year, its ‘Glastonbirley’ event was attended by a sell-out crowd of 1,600 people, including members of Matthew’s family.

Matthew’s father David, from Frecheville, said the family were delighted with the support they have had from the community.

“Everybody is here and they always come and support it,” he said.

David added that the family is hoping to secure funding to help build a new local youth club in Matthew’s memory and said it would be a fitting tribute to him.

The Score perform at The Birley Pub, which is one of the venues for Mattfest, which is in memory of Matt Cryer. Picture: Andrew Roe

The Score perform at The Birley Pub, which is one of the venues for Mattfest, which is in memory of Matt Cryer. Picture: Andrew Roe

He said: “I have been in touch with our MP Clive Betts and he is trying to help us get a grant to build it.

“There is nowt for kids to do round here and the centre is the main thing I want to do.”

Other local venues that took part in this year’s Matt-Fest included the Centre Spot in Gleadless Townend, The Riverside pub in Kelham Island and The Sherwood in Frecheville.

Music festival Matt Fest 2015 at the Riverside pub, Kelham Island, Sheffield.

Music festival Matt Fest 2015 at the Riverside pub, Kelham Island, Sheffield.

Music festival Matt Fest 2015 at the Riverside pub, Kelham Island, Sheffield. The Butterfly Wheels on stage.

Music festival Matt Fest 2015 at the Riverside pub, Kelham Island, Sheffield. The Butterfly Wheels on stage.

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