Viola Beach enter Top 40 Chart

This Viola Beach article was written by Natalie Whitehouse, a GIGsoup contributor.

British indie band Viola Beach, who were killed in a car accident along with their manager last weekend, have entered the Official Top 40 Singles chart after a campaign was set up to get the band into the charts, in light of the sudden and tragic death of the band.

The band, which consisted of Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin, died in the early hours of Sunday morning near Stockholm, along with their manager Craig Tarrand, when their car hit a barrier and plunged over 80 feet into a canal below.

Their debut single ‘Swings & Waterslides,’ which was released in August, is currently at number 39 in the charts and at number 3 in the iTunes chart, after a fan-led campaign to honour the band was set up. The band’s record label Communion has confirmed that all proceeds from the single will go to Viola Beach’s family members, in a statement posted on their Facebook page:

Viola Beach had only recently come into the Communion family, and had everything going for them – great songs, passion, talent, drive… everything that a band should have. To sit down with the band was to sit down with a group of guys whose band you wanted to be in, and to be in the presence of a band who knew just what it would take to make it.

“Everyone here at Communion is in a state of total shock and sorrow, and our thoughts go out to the families and friends of Craig and the band. We would also like to announce that any proceeds made from the single will be donated to the band and Craig’s family.”

Investigations are on-going as to the cause of the accident, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, when the bridge they were crossing opened to let a boat pass underneath, and the car the five men were travelling in fell into the water.

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