All four members of British indie rock band Viola Beach and their manager died in a car accident Saturday en route to play a sold-out show, police said.
The Warrington band’s van fell off a bridge in Stockholm around 2:30 a.m. in the morning and plunged more than 25 feet into a canal, according to the BBC. The crash killed every member of the band — drummer Jack Dakin, frontman Kris Leonard, bassist Tomas Lowe and guitarist River Reeves — as well as manager Craig Tarry.
The victims ranged in age from 20 to 35, police said. Authorities have not released a cause for the crash, citing an ongoing investigation. Local media reported the bridge had just opened to allow a vessel to pass, and was closing at the time of the crash.
Viola Beach members (from left) Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin all died, along with their manager, in a car accident Saturday morning.
The band played Sweden’s Where Is The Music? festival Friday. They were due in Guildford Saturday to open for the band Blossoms in a sold-out show at the Boiler Room venue. The club said on Facebook Saturday the show was postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
Viola Beach released a debut single, “Swings & Waterslides,” last year. Another single, “Boys That Sing,” followed in January. The band had a steady schedule of United Kingdom shows planned through February and March, according to its Facebook page. Earlier this month, Viola Beach announced they were selected to perform at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
Authorities towed the band’s wrecked van out of a canal Saturday after the deadly accident.
Fans and fellow musicians took to Twitter to mourn the band.
“Tragic news about Viola Beach,” British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg wrote.
Tragic news about Viola Beach. Young band, first tour outside the UK. My thoughts are with their families and friends.
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) February 14, 2016
“Young band, first tour outside the UK. My thoughts are with their families and friends.”