Music festival in memory of Sheffield teenager Matt Cryer goes global

Dad  David Cryer at Matt-Fest 2013.
Dad David Cryer at Matt-Fest 2013.
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A charity music festival in memory of a Sheffield teenager is to go global – with events being held around the world.

Matt-Fest – set up after Matt Cryer was unlawfully killed on his first holiday abroad at the age of 17 six years ago – has proved popular at The Birley pub in Frecheville for years.

Now there will be several simultaneous Matt-Fests on Saturday, July 11, next year – with eight already planned across Sheffield, England, Spain and even Bermuda.

Money raised from the events will boost the Justice for Matt campaign, which is backed by The Star and aims to bring his killers to justice.

Matt’s dad David Cryer, of Frecheville, said: “We are taking it everywhere – I think we have got eight venues on board.

“There’s a couple of places in Spain and a football tournament in Bermuda, we know somebody there.

“It all began at The Birley, so there will be another one there, as well as one at The Riverside in the city centre and Granulated on Ecclesall Road.

“We want to keep Matt’s name out there and the festival has been a massive success since we started it, so lots of people have wanted to get involved.”

Four men have appeared in court charged in connection with the death of Matt, who died outside a nightclub on the Greek island of Zakynthos in July 2008.

His family are still waiting for a trial date to be confirmed.