Parklife co-founder Sacha Lord has given the newly engaged couple lifetime passes to the festival and a paid-for honeymoon, in response to the “vile” social media response to their proposal.
Myles Goodfellow, 25, had proposed to his girlfriend, Indy Geraghty, 23, during Yung Filly’s set at the festival on the Saturday (11 June) – a moment which was shared widely on social media. And like with so many things online, there were the inevitable trolls who ridiculed it.
Thankfully, Sacha Lord, who is also the Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, wanted to hit back at the “quite frankly vile” online abuse toward the “special moment” by giving the couple free entry to Parklife and The Warehouse Project (which he also co-created), as well as paying for their honeymoon. Not bad that.
Explaining his act of generosity, which came after he launched an appeal to search for the couple, he said: “…when they go away, I want them to sit there in the sun posting pictures to social media, knowing that those people who had a go at them are bitter, and they’re not there.”
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It seems the happily engaged couple are also a lucky one; the reason why they were onstage with Yung Filly was because they’d won a competition to spend a day with the rapper, comedian and internet star. Plucky Milo then used the opportunity to pop the question in front of the vast crowd.
Despite the loving gesture, people still continued to criticise the moment online. As Lord explained further to Manchester Evening News: “Imagine being in their shoes and you get engaged on the main stage at Parklife, in front of 80,000 people and it’s a moment you’re going to cherish for the rest of your life. Then you wake up and look at social media and a load of people who sit in their mum’s back bedroom and hide behind false profiles and they’re writing nasty comments.”
Lord’s now used his position, and evident all-round decency, to not only make a happy couple that much happier, but also make a statement against online vitriol. And that is a win for us all.