Viola Beach ‘did not suffer’, inquest into deaths reveals

Warrington band and manager passed away after a crash in Sweden during February

An inquest into the death of indie band Viola Beach has opened in their hometown of Warrington.

The upcoming band were on a tour when their car plummeted from a bridge into a canal 18 miles from Swedish capital Stockholm on February 13, killing all four members of the band (Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin) and their manager Craig Tarry.

Swedish police investigating the incident previously confirmed that the driver had no traces of alcohol or drugs in his system.


A day-long inquest has now begun at Warrington Town Hall, with a journalist from The Warrington Guardian  reporting on proceedings via Twitter.

It has so far been reported that “all five friends will not have suffered” and that “no evidence of drugs” was found but a “small amount of alcohol” had been consumed by the band members. Driver and manager Tarry had “no drugs or alcohol” in his system and had been “driving in a controlled manner”.

BBC News reports that their car was slightly over the speed limit, travelling at 108km/h (67mph) in a 100km/h zone. A lorry driver said in a written statement that the car drove around queuing traffic and hit a barrier and raised section of the bridge. One warning light was out of order but there were at least 10 working warning lights and flashing signals, according to the inquest.

More as the story develops.

Read more: Remembering Viola Beach


A posthumous Viola Beach album was released in July and made it to the top of the UK chart.

Coldplay paid tribute to Viola Beach during their Glastonbury headline set. Frontman Chris Martin told the crowd: “We’re going to create Viola Beach’s alternative future for them and let them play Glastonbury for a song.”

Watch Blossoms pay tribute to Viola Beach in the video below.