Viola Beach: British Indie Band Members and Manager Killed in Tragic Car Crash in Sweden

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Viola Beach fans are mourning the passing of all four members of the British indie band, as well as their manager. Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, and Jack Dakin, along with manager Craig Tarry, all died in the wee hours of Saturday morning outside of Stockholm, Sweden, when their car plunged nearly 85 feet off a highway bridge and into a canal below.

Viola Beach was headed to a Swedish music festival called "Where is the Music?" at the time of the crash.

Blossoms, the band headlining the event, shared their devastation over the tragedy that cost the members of Viola Beach and their manager their lives.

Viola Beach released their debut single, "Swings & Waterslides," last year.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens said the band was quickly building a loyal fan base and that all the members were committed to their music.

Less than two weeks ago, Viola Beach shared what would become their final Facebook post.

Very excited to announce we've been invited by to play BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Foundation’s showcase at SXSW...

Posted by Viola Beach on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Condolences are flying through various social media channels to the families of the Viola Beach members and their manager. How tragic that these five young people lost their lives en route to a performance, where they would have done what they all loved best.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.