Edinburgh gig tribute to tragic Viola Beach

Viola Beach, who were due to open for Blossoms at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on 3 March before the group died in a horror accident last weekend, will have their vacant slot marked by a full audio recording of their recent live set at Lemington Spa.

The Warrington indie band – who were tragically killed along with their manager Craig Tarry when their car plunged off a bridge into a canal in the early hours of Saturday morning while on tour in Sweden – had been widely tipped for a bright future.

The four-piece – singer Kris Leonard, 20, guitarist River Reeves, 19, drummer Jack Dakin, 19, and bass player Tomas Lowe, 27 – 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.

Posting on their Facebook page, Blossoms wrote: We first met Viola Beach on 2nd October 2015 at King Tuts Glasgow. They were playing across town with Eliza and the Bear and they came down after to watch our set. We hung out that night and then invited them on tour. They were a great gang and a brilliant band.

The last time we saw them was after the Leamington Spa show last Thursday. We said our goodbyes to them as they headed off to Sweden. We’ll never forget them. Their tunes forever in our heads; Craig, Jack, Kris, River and Tom always in our hearts.

All their families have been contacted and tonight, and then on every date on the tour they were due to join us on, we will mark their slot by playing a full audio recording of their set that was recorded from the Leamington Spa show.

If you’re coming to the gigs, get down early and celebrate their lives with an outpouring of love: Dance, drink and sing along. Viola Beach & Craig Tarry RIP.

Meanwhile, Viola Beach look to set enter this week’s Official Singles Chart after a campaign was launched to get the band to No.1, with all proceeds going to the families of the band and their manager.

The Stone Roses, Liam Gallagher and Kasabian are among those backing the bid to get Swings & Waterslides to the top of the charts. You can listen to the song below.