Sunday Best, organisers of Bestival, release a single composed by a teenager who tragically died in a coach crash following last year's event. Keen musician Michael Molloy, 18, of Liverpool, was one of three people who died in the tragedy. Fifty people were hurt.
The song called Rise and Fall was written by Michael a year before his death and recorded in July 2012. A second song by Michael, Hope You Know, is also being released. Both songs can be pre-ordered on iTunes from today (TUESDAY APRIL 2) and will be available for download from April 30
across all digital platforms. They cost 99p for one and £1.79 for both. The songs have been performed by Michael's friend, band mate and musical collaborator Alex Evans, also of Liverpool.
Michael's brother Joe Molloy said: “It was Michael's ambition to have his music recognised by the wider world. He never fulfilled that ambition so we, his family, are fulfilling it for him.
“Michael can never come back and we will never cease to grieve for him. We think about him every hour of every day. But Michael's passion for music and his talent was one of the qualities which defined him and we want the rest of the world, through his music, to understand and appreciate in a small way just what a special human being he was.
“The release of the single is both in memoriam and in celebration and we wish to thank Sunday Best and all of the people who have supported Michael over many years. They know who they are.”
Joe, who lives with mother Frances, father David and younger brother Liam in Woolton,Liverpool, said the family wanted Rise and Fall to go to Number One in the charts.
Michael's mother Frances added: “The release of Michael's single will represent a small step in the long and hard job of rebuilding our lives. We will always be thankful for the fact that he was the happiest 18-year-old alive at the time of his death.
“He was fulfilled and full of hopes and dreams. One of those dreams was for his talent to be recognised. The release of Rise and Fall means that will now happen.”
Bestival organiser and Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank said: “Its obvious to me that Michael was a young and rare talent and that music was an extremely important part of his life. Ive heard he absolutely loved Bestival and had a great time at Bestival 2012 so I feel privileged to be able to help his family
fulfil his and their ambition of gettting Michaels music out there.”
Others who died in the crash on the A3 near Hindhead, Surrey, last September, were coach driver Colin Daulby, 63, from Warrington, and Kerry Ogden, 23, from Maghull. Other passengers, including Zach Washington-Young, suffered life changing injuries because of the crash.