In some sad news today, it’s been reported that U.K. indie band VIOLA BEACH have all tragically passed away in a horrific car accident in Sweden.
The crash happened outside of Stockholm when their car careered off a bridge doing more than 80km/h, with their manager Craig Tarry also killed in the crash along with all four members – Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, and Jack Dakin.
The band had just played a show in Sweden on Friday, and were due to support fellow U.K. act Blossoms in London on Saturday. The accident happened at 2:30am, and the venue cancelled the show shortly thereafter.
The young band gained momentum with their 2015 single Swings & Waterslides, and had just nabbed a spot at the prestigious SXSW festival next month.
The label behind Viola Beach, Communion, have announced they will donate all proceeds from the sale of their single to the families of the band.
The full statement from Communion is below.
”By now you will have heard the news about the tragic accident in Sweden that has claimed the lives of Viola Beach, and their manager Craig Tarry. Viola Beach had only recently come into the Communion family, and had everything going for them – great songs, passion, talent, drive … everything that a band should have. To sit down with the band was to sit down with a group of guys whose band you wanted to be in, and to be in the presence of a band who knew just what it would take to make it. This is why the band had been in Sweden, rather than sit back and wait for it to happen to them, Kris, River, Jack, and Tom were determined to go out into the world and play every show they could until the world was singing along with them, and now that dream has been sadly taken away from all of us.
Equally, Craig, their manager, was possessed by a passion to help the band achieve everything they wanted to, and to speak with Craig about Viola Beach, and music in general was an absolute pleasure – you knew he was doing it all for the right reasons.
Everyone here at Communion is in a state of total shock and sorrow, and our thoughts go out to the families and friends of Craig and the band. We would also like to announce that any proceeds made from the single will be donated to the band and Craig’s family.”
With love and respect
Writer/Managing Editor for IPHYB
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