Creamfields is one of the most legendary music festivals in England. First held in 1998, the event has become inseparable from UK dance culture, and the organizers recently demonstrated a new level of commitment to their fans.
Stuart Mitchell, a 34-year-old man from Norfolk, unfortunately passed away back in July. Mitchell’s family sold his Creamfields tickets in order to help pay for the funeral, and delivered the tickets with a request for the buyers.
His family asked if the buyers could spread some of his ashes throughout the festival so it would be like “he truly went there one last time.”
In response to this heartfelt request, the buyers resolved to honor Mitchell throughout the entire weekend. They made banners which they carried around the event that said “This last dance is for you mate!” They even asked the organizer of Creamfields if they could take pictures with the banners on stage.
The organizers offered to do one better. They put Mitchell’s ashes in one of the confetti cannons to launch during Tiësto’s closing set. Mitchell was a huge fan of Tiësto. “Adagio For Strings” played at his funeral.
According to BBC, this touching tribute resonated with Mitchell’s sister, who said it had “110% helped with the grieving process.”
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NOTE: Following the publishing of this post, according to EDM.com, Tiesto commented on their social post stating this BBC story was false and “just a dark rumor someone is spreading.”