In a tragic motor accident that claimed the lives on board, all 4 members of British Indie band, Viola Beach and their manager were killed in a car accident on February 13, 2016.
Band members Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin, along with their manager, Craig Terry had just gotten done with a performance at the Sweden’s Where’s The Music? Festival and were on their way for a Valentine’s Day gig at Guilford, England, when the car they were traveling in smashed into a road barrier and fell some 80 feet into a canal. The bridge that passes over the Södertälje Channel was opened for boats to pass by at that time, as noted by witnesses. There is no confirmation yet as to who was driving at the vehicle and how the accident actually occurred. The age spectrum of all 5 people in the car is between 19-35 years.
The boy band were originally from Warrington, Cheshire and little is known about them, apart from the fact that they were really on their way to stardom in the United Kingdom and in Europe as well. They performed songs that had “hints of slacker pop” and their single, Swings & Waterslides was already being played on BBC Radio 1.
On Sunday, there was a commemorative round of applause for the band and their manager during the match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Premier League as Terry was a fan of the former football club.
The band was scheduled to play in Austin, Texas for the South By Southwest Music Festival in March, 2016.
Fans of Viola Beach have started a social media campaign to let the band’s Swings & Waterslides track to reach the top of the UK Singles Chart.
Take a listen to their single, that at the moment has reached No. 5 on the UK charts:
Condolence messages have been pouring in from fans, supporters and friends who only have good words to say about the boy band that could have been. CLICK HERE to read some of the messages posted on social media.
Check out the BREAKING STORY from The Guardian about possibilities.