Families Of Viola Beach Pay Tribute To Band And Manager After Fatal Car Crash In Sweden
An inquiry into their deaths is now underway.
Now, the families of the Warrington-based group have paid tribute to them, and explained that they had been doing ‘what they loved’.
Viola Beach consisted of Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin and manager Craig Tarry, who were aged between 19 and 32.
The family of River said in a statement: “River had such talent and such humility, such charm and such innocence it seems unfair that he can be taken so cruelly from us like this.
“We are so proud of him, not only for what he achieved in his short beautiful life, but also what he was clearly destined to achieve. He will live forever in our hearts and we hope the band’s wonderful music lives on.”
“Words cannot express the sadness we feel at the loss of our precious Kristian,” the family of the band’s lead vocalist continued.
“He was doing the job he loved and will be missed so much by his family and friends.”
Bassist Tomas was described as the ‘best son, brother, uncle and friend you could ever wish for’.
Those closest to Craig Tarry, manager of the band, also shared their tributes, adding: “Craig was a warm, loving person who had worked tirelessly to achieve success and follow his dreams within the music industry.”
Viola Beach were scheduled to play Guildford’s Boiler Room on Saturday (February 14) in support of Blossoms, but the show was cancelled.
Management at the Boiler Room explained on Instagram: “Last night, upon receiving the news the opening band Viola Beach had been involved in an accident, the decision was made by the headline artists Blossoms to cancel the performance.
“We are saddened and devastated as details have come to light of this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with friends and family.”
An inquiry into the crash is now underway.
- By Charlotte Warwick