Singer will also be honoured at this year's Liverpool Music Awards
Two tracks written by a teenage musician who died in a coach crash on his way home from last year’s Bestival are to be released in his memory.
Michael Molloy, 18, from Liverpool, was one of three people who died in the tragic accident following the festival, which takes place on the Isle of Wight. As many as 50 people were injured.
Two songs, titled ‘Rise And Fall’ and ‘Hope You Know’ were written by Molloy a year before his death and recorded in July 2012. The tracks have been completed by his friend, bandmate and musical collaborator Alex Evans and can be pre-ordered on iTunes now and will be available for download on April 30. Bestival’s sister record label Sunday Best are releasing the tracks.
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.”
He added: “ 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.”
Bestival organiser and Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank added: “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.”
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.
Watch a video of the track ‘Rise And Fall’ below.