Friday 2 December 2016

WATCH: Coldplay covers Viola Beach in emotional Glastonbury tribute to tragic band

All four members of Viola Beach and their manager were killed in a car crash while on tour in Sweden in February.

Sasha Brady

Published 27/06/2016 | 15:12

Coldplay perform on The Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
Coldplay perform on The Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival, Britain, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Coldplay performed a cover of Viola Beach's Boys That Sing in a moving tribute to the late band during their Glastonbury set.

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The supergroup gave Viola Beach their posthumous Glastonbury debut by performing their song Boys That Sing.

Coldplay’s vocalist Chris Martin told the audience that Viola Beach “reminded us of us, and of all the other bands that come through here—the excitement and the joy and the hope—and we really felt that in them.”

The four-piece Warrington-based band of Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin, were killed alongside their manager Craig Tarry when their hire car plunged 25 metres off a bridge into a canal in Sweden.

Aged between 19 and 35, they were 18 miles from the capital Stockholm when the accident happened in the early hours of February 13.

Performing Viola Beach’s Boys That Sing, Martin said, was an attempt “to create Viola Beach’s alternative future for them and let them play Glastonbury for a song.”

All four members of Viola Beach and their manager were killed in the accident (@jholsson/PA Wire)
All four members of Viola Beach and their manager were killed in the accident (@jholsson/PA Wire)

As the audience went into raptures, he said: “This is what maybe would have been you in twenty years … I hope we do your song justice.”

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