GRINSPOON PAY TRIBUTE TO JESSICA

Grinspoon played two songs at the funeral of Jessica Michalik, who died after suffering a heart attack during Limp Bizkit's set at the Big Day Out...

Members of AUSTRALIAN band GRINSPOON played two acoustic songs at the funeral of JESSICA MICHALIK yesterday (February 7) in her hometown of DEE WHY.

The band were a favourite of 16-year-old schoolgirl Jessica, who died after suffering a heart attack during Limp Bizkit’s set at the Big Day Out in Sydney on January 26.

In a statement read out by a family friend during the service at St Kevin’s Catholic Church, Jessica’s parents called for “drastic improvements” in safety and security at rock festivals.

“We must lift our standards so that concerts and festivals do not become battlegrounds. No more corpses. No more coffins.”

School friends read out poems during the service, and prayers were offered up at the end to Limp Bizkit and singer Fred Durst, doctors and staff at Concord Hospital who treated the injured from the festival and where Jessica remained on a life support machine for five days following her heart attack. Prayers were also offered for the security staff at the Big Day Out and the family of Melbourne man Anthony Hurley, who died following the crowd crush at Roskilde Festival last June.

Jessica’s parents had requested that Grinspoon, who travelled from Byron Bay to Sydney for the service, perform.

Following the service, the band’s singer and guitarist, Phil Jamieson and Pat Davern, sang ‘More Than You Are’ and ‘Bad Funk Stripe’, with bassist and drummer Joe Hansen and Kris Hopes present but not playing.