The hashtag #macfest took Twitter by storm last night, when the Bournemouth and Southampton community took to the social networking website to appeal to Craig David to play at a festival in Macauley Campbell’s honour.
Written by Laura Hill & Charlotte Andrews. Edited by Rebecca Pates.
Friends of 20 year-old Mac, who tragically passed away in a car accident in Southampton on Saturday night, vowed to show their support and love to him by creating Mac Fest in his honour. Mac’s girlfriend, Fleur, has expressed his love for festivals, advocating this is what he would have wanted.
What started as an appeal by friends and family has now gone viral on Twitter, with celebrities including JME, Krept, Scotty T, Mistajam and Artful Dodger showing their support. The man himself, Craig David, has now also reached out to Mac:
This is tragic. My heart goes out to Macauley's family. I sincerely hope I can be part of any tribute his friends and family put together.
— Craig David (@CraigDavid) February 26, 2016
Along with various footballers and radio show hosts – including Mistajam, Luke Shaw, Majestic and Calum Chambers, Grime artist, Stormzy has also stepped up to show his support:
And last but not least… #MacFest2016 CAN COUNT ME IN!! Long Live Mac Campbell, seemed like a real legend. ❤️?
— #MERKY (@Stormzy1) February 26, 2016
There has been an overwhelming and incredible amount of support for the public, with the Mac Fest Twitter page reaching over 4,000 followers and the #macfest hashtag amassing thousands of tweets and retweets. Staging companies and various DJ’s have also offered to put on the festival for free of charge.
The date of the festival is yet to be decided, but will take place in Southampton.
Never knew Mac personally but all of this support is unbelievable, what a legend. Well done Southampton #macfest
— sam kirkwood (@samkirkwood7) February 26, 2016
The Mac Campbell Fund, set up for Mac only yesterday, has already received over £14,000 in donations.
Macauley Campbell, known to his friends as Mac, lost his life when his car collided with a silver BMW on the A3057 near Southampton. Many of his friends go to Bournemouth University.
Mac’s girlfriend, Fleur Gollogly, told Nerve: “All of his close friends and I decided we needed to have a day for him – and it had to be called ‘MacFest’.
“Mac and I always spoke about how excited we were to see Craig David at Common People in Southampton.
“It really shows how amazing the boy was and I am lucky and blessed to be a part of it all.”