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Viola Beach tribute concert tickets go on sale

Viola Beach
Image caption The band died with their manager after their car fell from a bridge in Sweden

A concert is to be staged in memory of the band Viola Beach and their manager who died in a car crash in Sweden.

Kris Leonard, River Reeves, and Jack Dakin - all aged 20 - Tomas Lowe, 27, and their manager Craig Tarry, 33, died outside Stockholm on 13 February.

The concert, which will feature friends and bands they have played with, will be hosted in their Warrington hometown by BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart.

Tickets are on sale for the show, at Parr Hall on 2 April.

Proceeds for families

Chris Persoglio, venue and events manager, said: "Having worked with Craig for many years and with the lads from the band on the Warrington Festival, we've been keen to hold a fitting tribute."

About 400 tickets have gone on sale and all proceeds will go to the families of the band members and their manager.

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Image caption The car was towed from the canal under the E4 highway bridge in Sweden

The bodies of the band and manager were released to their families on Thursday so funerals could take place.

It followed the adjournment of the inquests into their deaths, which was attended by 11 family members.

Cheshire Police said the band's car was travelling on a motorway and passed through a restricted area when it collided with barriers.

The car then fell into the canal below the bridge - about 18 miles from Stockholm - in Sodertalje, the inquest heard.


Who were Viola Beach?

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Media captionArchive footage of Viola Beach performing for BBC Introducing
  • Four-piece band from Warrington, Cheshire
  • Kris Leonard - guitar, lead vocal; River Reeves - guitar; Tomas Lowe - bass; Jack Dakin - drums
  • Officially formed in May 2015
  • Released debut single Swings & Waterslides last year and put out their second single Boys That Sing on 22 January
  • Played several BBC Introducing Sessions
  • Performed at Reading and Leeds Festival in 2015

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