Tribute night for Viola Beach after tragedy

Share Button
The members of band Viola Beach who were killed in a car crash in Sweden. Pic © Viola Beach

The members of band Viola Beach who were killed in a car crash in Sweden. Pic © Viola Beach

A tribute night is to be held for Viola Beach, the Warrington band of four musicians that were tragically killed in a bus crash in Sweden last month.

‘Viola Beach: A Celebration’ will take place on Saturday April 2nd at Warrington Parr Hall and will feature a line-up of friends, bands that they have previously played with and influenced, and peers from across the country.

The concert will be compered by BBC Radio 1 presenter, Phil Taggart.

Chris Persoglio, venue and events manager at Parr Hall, said: “We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news about the passing of Warrington’s Viola Beach and their manager in a tragic road accident in Sweden. Having worked with [manager] Craig [Tarry] for many years and with the lads from the band on the Warrington Festival, we’ve been keen to hold a fitting tribute.”

The event follows the tragic event when the four-piece band died after their vehicle fell more than 80ft into a canal near Stockholm.

Chris added: “We are working with the team at SJM Concerts to host a night to remember the lads properly and to help raise as much as possible for the families between us.

“This will be a very special evening and a time for the fans and friends to come together to celebrate the lives and music of the band in the best way we possibly can, in their hometown.”

All proceeds will be going towards the families of the band members and their manager.

The band, who released their debut single ‘Swings and Waterslides’ last year, were originally scheduled to perform at Liverpool Sound City this May.

About Ben Cummings, JMU Journalism