Reading & Leeds Festivals to pay tribute to Viola Beach this weekend

The band played the BBC Introducing Stage at the twin festivals last year

A tribute to Viola Beach will be held at Reading & Leeds Festivals this weekend (August 26-28).

The Warrington band, who died tragically in a car accident in Sweden along with their manager Craig Tarry earlier this year, played the BBC Introducing Stage at the twin festivals last year.

As Dork reports, a post published on the official Reading website reads: “We will be dedicating a moment on the Main Stage to the ‘boys that sing’, whose lives were tragically cut short. Join us in celebrating their memory at Leeds on Friday at 17:35 and Sunday 18:05 at Reading.”


A posthumous collection of the group’s songs, ‘Viola Beach’, went to Number One in the Official UK Albums Chart earlier this month.

“The tragedy that ended Craig, Jack, Kris, River & Tom’s lives in Sweden and the pain and sense of loss will never leave us,” the band’s friends and families said in a statement. “By sending the Viola Beach album to number 1 the public have sent out an important message to the world.

“The tragic circumstance that met Viola Beach and their manager Craig that fateful night in Sweden will not now define their lives. What will now define their lives and what they will be remembered for, forever, is the music they were so passionate about making together.”