Blossoms pay tribute to Viola Beach: ‘We’ll never forget them’

Band have vowed to play a full audio recording of Viola Beach's past set at their forthcoming gigs

Blossoms have paid tribute to Viola Beach with a heartfelt post on Twitter.

As previously reported, the band, comprising of members Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin, plus their manager Craig Tarry were killed in a car crash in Sweden when their car plunged 80ft off a bridge in Stockholm.

Viola Beach were due to supporting Blossoms on tour, with the Indie pop band posting a link to a live performance of their song ‘Swings & Waterslides’ on Twitter, recalling the first time they met Viola Beach, branding them “a great gang and a brilliant band”.

They continued: “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.”

Blossoms went on to reveal that after contacting their families, they will mark their supporting slot by playing “a full audio recording” from their Leamington Spa show.

The Southport group concluded: “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 and Craig Tarry RIP.”

Following their passing and a tribute campaign, which has been backed by the likes of Liam Gallagher and Tim Burgess, Viola Beach’s ‘Swings & Waterslides’ has reached No.1 on the UK iTunes chart.

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Earlier this week, the Official Charts Company confirmed that the song has risen 30 places on today’s Official Chart Update (Wednesday February 17) – less than a week after the tragic accident took place.

The song is expected to continue to climb up this week’s chart as public support and fan-led campaigns continue to grow, with ‘Swings & Waterslides’ final position to be confirmed on Friday (February 19).

The group’s record label Communion have confirmed that the proceeds from sale of singles will go to the families of the band and manager.