A song written by a teenager who was killed in a coach crash on his way home from Bestival last year (2012) has debuted in the Official UK Singles Chart Top 40.
The track, titled ‘Rise And Fall’, was written by Michael Molloy a year before his death and recorded in July 2012. The song was completed by his friend, bandmate and musical collaborator Alex Evans and entered the chart at Number 38.
Bestival organiser and Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank, who released the track through his Sunday Best label, said: “It’s obvious to me that Michael was a young and rare talent and that music was an extremely important part of his life. I’ve 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 Michael’s music out there.”
Michael’s mum 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.”
Molloy will also be honoured at this year’s Liverpool Music Awards. The ceremony, which is now in its second year, will dedicate its One To Watch award to him and have renamed the award The Michael Molloy Ones To Watch Award.
Watch a video of the track ‘Rise And Fall’ below.