Viola Beach’s debut single has entered the Official Singles Chart, one week after the band were killed in a car accident in Sweden.
‘Swings & Waterslides’ was first released by the band in 2015 and became the centre of a campaign by fans to pay tribute to the band this week. Liam Gallagher and Stone Roses both tweeted fans and urged them to download the single. The song eventually charted at Number 11 with all proceeds going to the families of the band members.
The Warrington indie band, comprising of members Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin, were killed in a car crash last week (February 13), along with their manager Craig Tarry.
Their vehicle plunged 80ft off a bridge in Stockholm whilst travelling to Arlanda airport following their first overseas gig at Sweden’s Where’s the Music? festival.
The group’s record label Communion have confirmed that the proceeds from sale of singles will go to the families of the band and their manager.
The Courteeners and The Cribs had previously led the tributes to Viola Beach while Blossoms have vowed to play a recorded version of the band’s live set during the tour the two bands were due to embark on next month.