Members of British band Viola Beach are believed to have been killed in Sweden.
The Foreign Office has today (February 14) confirmed that five British nationals died in a car crash in Stockholm, Sweden. The Guardian reports that the car plunged 80ft from a highway bridge into a canal in the city.
It is reported that the five people were killed were the four members of Viola Beach and their manager. The Foreign Office are in contact with the local authorities and are supporting the families of the victims.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We can confirm that five British nationals died in a car accident in Sweden on 13 February. We are in contact with local authorities and supporting the families at this difficult time.”
The identity of the men killed has yet to be confirmed but it is believed the men are guitarist and vocalist Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, Bassist Tomas Lowe and drummer Jack Dakin. The band’s manager was Craig Tarry.
Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens is among those paying their respects to the band this morning:
So sorry to hear the news about Viola Beach and their manager. The saddest news. Thinking of all their families at this awful time.
— Huw Stephens (@huwstephens) February 14, 2016
Viola Beach were in Sweden for the Where Is The Music? festival and were due to play a gig in Guildford last night (February 13).
A cause of the incident are yet to be determined. Swedish media report that the bridge over the Södertälje canal was closing after being opened to let a vessel sail through at the time of the fatal crash.
Viola Beach released their debut single ‘Swings & Waterslides’ in 2015 and were set to support Blossoms on their February and March UK and Ireland tour. They were due to fly out to Texas next month with an appearance at SXSW confirmed.
Other festivals they were due to appear at through 2016 include The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Bushstock, Latitude, The Secret Garden Party, Liverpool International Music Festival and T In The Park.