Words by Charlie Harris.
On Saturday the 13th of February, a band from Warrington called Viola Beach were involved in a severe car accident near Stockholm, Sweden in which Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin and band manager Craig Tarry, aged between 19 and 32, passed away. It was said that Swedish police were called to the scene around 2:30 local time. The band had just finished playing at a festival called ‘Where’s the Music?’.
Having made their debut at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, BBC Introducing were highly fond of the band and mentioned how their songs are “Infectious anthems”, which was the main lead to them playing Reading & Leeds Festival on the BBC1 Introducing Stage.
Viola Beach was an upcoming indie band playing festivals all around the UK and had shared stages with bands such as Eliza and the Bear and, quite recently, the Courteeners. Signed to Fuller Beans Records, the band had a positive future ahead of them.
Fans of the band have been in full force to get their ‘Swings & Waterslides’ to number 1 on the iTunes charts. This would be a true way to pay respect to the much-loved band. As well as fans paying tribute to Viola Beach, bands such as You Me At Six, Kasabian, Rudimental and Django Django have tweeted their condolences online.
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of @Viola_Beach. So sad x
— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) February 14, 2016
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the band Viola Beach and their manager. Young lads with a bright future taken too soon. DDx
— django django (@thedjangos) February 14, 2016
Our hearts are heavy in the wake of this tragic news and the band’s families and loved ones are in our thoughts.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Iy3LE61_g]
Photo via the band’s Facebook page.