British band, Viola Beach, have died in a car crash in Sweden.
The fatal accident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning near Stockholm.
Band members, Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin, and manager Craig Tarry died after their car hit a road barrier and plunged 80ft off a bridge into a canal.
The men aged 19-35 had been in the capital for a concert in Norrkoping as part of the line up for Swedish music festival Where is the Music? It was their first appearance as a band outside of the UK.
At the time of the accident the band were heading to Arlanda airport, and were due to play a gig at Guilford in Surrey on Saturday.
The cause of the accident is not yet known, but Swedish police were called to the scene at approximately 2:30am Saturday local time. They retrieved the Nissan Qashqai after it had broken through the barriers of the E4 highway, as it had opened to a let a vessel sail through.
Confusion over why the car didn’t notice the warning signs have been discussed, with police inspector at Sodertalje, Martin Bergholm, not yet commenting as to whether intoxicants were involved.
Tributes to the British Indie band
Tributes have flooded in from fans and friends. Fellow British indie artists have paid tribute on social media, labelling the boys as a ‘talented young band at the start of their career’.
Such unfathomable news about Viola Beach – a hugely talented young band at the start of their career. My heart goes out to their families.
— Annie Mac (@AnnieMac) February 14, 2016
Indie band Blossoms posted an informal picture of the band with the title, ‘absolutely devastated by the loss of Viola Beach and Craig Tarry. Our thoughts are with their friends and family’.
Absolutely devastated for the loss of Viola Beach and Craig Tarry. Our thoughts are with their friends and families. pic.twitter.com/Fg52on42as
— B L O S S O M S (@BlossomsBand) February 14, 2016
Irish rock band the Script tweeted, ‘our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of #ViolaBeach today. So so sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you’.
Our deepest sympathy to the family’s and friends of #ViolaBeach today. So so sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. M
— the script (@thescript) February 14, 2016
The boys from the North
The band from Warrington, Chershire was officially formed in May 2015. Their debut single ‘Swings and Waterslides’ was released last year. The band played their single on BBC program BBC Introducing, which showcases up and coming music artists.
Viola Beach’s debut celebrated single ‘Swings & Waterslides’.
They performed at Reading and Leeds festival in 2015, and were due to feature in the US next month.
The boys were beginning to receive international acclaim before the tragic accident.
There is currently a twitter campaign to get Viola’s Beach’s ‘Swings & Waterslides’ to number 1 on the iTunes charts.
Fellow English musician, Karmeelion posted ‘let’s support Viola Beach & get them to No. 1! Give them the success they craved so badly.
— Kameelion (@Kameelion) February 14, 2016
Viola Beach are currently sitting at No. 7 on the iTunes charts. Indie artist Karmeelion has posted a tribute song to the band.
— Kameelion (@Kameelion) February 15, 2016
An investigation is currently under way into the cause of the accident.
Words: Catherine McMaster