The members of an up and coming British band called Viola Beach lost their lives on Saturday when their tour van drove off a bridge in Stockholm, Sweden, according to the BBC.
Among the victims were frontman Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, bassist Tomas Lowe, drummer Jack Dakin, and the band’s manager Craig Tarry.
Viola Beach were amid their first-ever international tour and had just finished playing Sweden’s Where is the Music? Festival. They were due to travel to America in March for South by Southwest.
According to police, the band drove through a barrier and fell through a gap of the bridge opened to allow a boat to pass underneath.
Viola Beach’s label, Communion Records, said in a statement:
“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.
Watch Viola Beach perform two songs, “Swings & Waterslides” and “Boys That Sing” during a recent session for BBC Music.