This weekend, at Creamfields in the UK, one of Tiësto’s fans had his ashes fired from a confetti cannon during his closing set.
Stuart Mitchell was by all accounts a Tiësto super fan, but tragically took his own life in July. He had tickets to this year’s Creamfields event, but his family sold them to help pay for his funeral.
His cousins Ryan and Liam Millen decided to buy the tickets from Mitchell’s family, who asked if they would scatter some of Stewart’s ashes at Creamfields so “he truly went there one last time”.
One of Stuart’s parents wrote a letter to the cousins, which said: “This is a little of my son Stuart’s ashes. I would be most grateful if you would be able to scatter them somewhere at Creamfields.”
Following this, the cousins felt inspired to dedicate their Creamfields trip to Stuart, and had two banners printed with a picture of him and his son, which they dedicated to him with a message saying: “this last dance is for you mate”.
The cousins asked festival staff if they could take the banner onto the main stage, and of course they agreed to the heart-warming request. Staff were “absolutely bowled over” by the story, and over the weekend got DJs to hold up the banner during their sets.
One of the Creamfields team suggested that the ashes could be put into a confetti cannon for Tiësto’s closing set on Sunday night. When the family heard of this, they approved it as a great idea, and responded by saying it was the “first bit of good news” they’d received since finding out about Stuart’s death.
One family member is reported to have said it “110% helped with the grieving process”. Stuart was a Tiësto superfan who had ‘Adagio for Strings’ played at his funeral, and Ryan Miller said that the confetti tribute was “an unforgettable” tribute to someone “who was taken from this earth far before his time“.
Stuart Mitchell’s family are now campaigning for youth suicide awareness, and have already raised over £1,200, which will be donated to charities such as Papyrus.