Viola Beach killed in Sweden car crash

Viola Beach, the hotly-tipped young indie band who were due to open for Blossoms at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room in March, have died in a car crash in Sweden, the Foreign Office has said.

It is understood all four members of the band – Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin – and their manager, Craig Tarry, died in the accident, which happened on Saturday near the Swedish capital Stockholm.

The car plunged more than 25m (82ft) from a highway bridge into a canal, the police say.

The Foreign Office said it was in contact with the local authorities and supporting the families of the victims.

They were due to play a gig in Guildford in Surrey on Saturday night, and were part of the line-up for Swedish music festival Where is the Music? on Friday.

In March, Viola Beach were set to play at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room, where they were due to open proceedings for indie darlings Blossoms.

The four-piece released their debut single Swings & Waterslides last year and had featured on BBC Introducing, which showcases up-and-coming music artists.

Viola Beach had also been chosen as one of Annie Mac’s New Names for 2016 and their compelling energy bagged in a Radio 1 session at legendary Maida Vale Studios last November.

Before the accident the band were in good spirits with an optimistic post on their Facebook page.

It read: “Very excited to announce we’ve been invited by to play BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Foundation’s showcase at SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas at Latitude 30 on Wednesday 16th March!!”