British band Viola Beach die in fatal car crash: celebs pay tribute

Published Sunday, Feb 14 2016, 15:32 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Celebrities have been paying tribute to British band Viola Beach, who have died in a tragic accident.

The four band members and their manager were involved in a fatal car crash as they travelled back from a gig in Sweden.

Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin and their manager Craig Tarry were killed when their car plunged from a highway bridge into a canal.

The accident happened in the early hours of Saturday near Stockholm.

The Foreign Office said: "We can confirm that five British nationals died in a car accident in Sweden on February 13. We are in contact with local authorities and supporting the families at this very difficult time."

The band had performed at the Swedish music festival Where Is The Music? and were due to perform in Guildford the following night.

The four-piece Warrington-based band were formed in May last year and were tipped for success after releasing their debut single 'Swings & Waterslides'.

They had performed at the Reading and Leeds Festival in 2015.

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson led the tributes to the band, writing on Twitter: "My thoughts go out to the family & friends of @Viola_Beach. Devastating news. RIP."

Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac posted: "Such unfathomable news about Viola Beach - a hugely talented young band at the start of their career. My heart goes out to their families."

Travis lead singer Fran Healy tweeted: "So sad. @Viola_Beach :("

Ross Jarman, from The Cribs, tweeted: "Heart goes out to the Viola Beach guys and their families."

Indie rock band, The Enemy, tweeted: "RIP Viola Beach and their manager. Such incredibly tragic and sad news. Thought with the friends and families of all involved x"

Actor Martin Kemp wrote: "Thoughts and love going out to 'Viola Beach'. No words!"

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