Footage of tragic British band Viola Beach playing their final show has emerged online.
All four members of the band, and their manager, died after their car fell from a bridge into a canal on Saturday.
According to the Daily Mail, the video shows the Warrington act performing in Norrkoping, Sweden, at a local festival just hours before their untimely death.
John Olsson, member of Swedish punk band Psykofant, is credited with taking the final photo of the group that night.
He told the Mail:
I remember standing in the audience thinking ‘these guys really have the potential to become huge’.
And I thought that it is going to be a cool thing to be able to say, in the future, that I was hanging with Viola Beach in a dressing room in Norrkoping before their first gig outside Great Britain.
They were incredibly good live and amazingly skilled musicians, but probably even nicer people. We shared a dressing room and my band had just finished out gig, and then they stumbled in with their amazingly charming accents. They reminded me of The Beatles in Hard Day’s Night – kind of charmingly clumsy.
We were heading back home to Stockholm after their gig so I walked past the drummer and said thank you for a great show, and joked that if I was ever in the Manchester area I’d give him a shout.
He got so happy and said ‘oh yeah, give me a call, you’ll have a place to stay’ and we hugged and me and my band went home.
We actually drove back the same way, just one hour earlier, over the same bridge.
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The Mail has also reported that police are investigating a range of causes for the incident including, involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving and DUI.
Police spokesman, Martin Bergholm, told the Mail:
It is not impossible that the driver was under the influence of something when you see the sequence of events at the bridge.
We will of course take blood samples and check if the driver was under the influence of something, but we don’t know anything about that yet.
In tribute to the band, a campaign has been started to get their single Swings & Waterslides to number one in the UK chart.
As of Monday it had climbed to number six.
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