The rising indie heroes top the chart
Andrew Trendell
18:00 5th August 2016

Viola Beach have scored a No.1 album with their posthumous debut album, following their tragic death earlier this year. 

The 'Swings And Waterslides' rising indie stars were killed with their manager when the car they were travelling in plunged from a bridge into the river below while driving through Sweden - before their families chose to release the album in their memory

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Following Coldplay paying a touching tribute to vocalist Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, bassist Tomas Lowe, drummer Jack Dakin and their manager Craig Tarry during their Glastonbury headline set, the band have now scored a No.1 album. 

“The tragedy that ended Craig, Jack, Kris, River & Tom's lives in Sweden and the pain and sense of loss will never leave us," say their families 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.

“For that, we will be eternally humbled and ever thankful to every single person who by buying this glorious album has invested in their lasting musical legacy. The pain will never leave us but neither will the affection shown by every fan. Maybe one day that affection will live longer in the memory than the pain.

They add: "So from us all, a simple but heartfelt 'thank you’.”

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Earlier this year, The Coral, Blossoms, The Courteeners and more came together to honour Viola Beach with a special tribute show.