Guardian to remember Viola Beach a year on with 12 page tribute edition


It only seems like yesterday I was emailing Weekend Editor and purveyor of entertainment at Warrington Guardian, David Morgan, about our excitement at seeing a homegrown band taking on the world and ready to break into the mainstream.

They were going to put Warrington on the map, sell out shows and rise up all the Festival lineups. The four musicians backed so passionately by their manager, Craig Tarry, were part of the past, present and we were so sure, future of Warrington Music.

In the 12 months since their deaths, the band’s legacy and town’s outpouring of grief has helped claim a #1 album (beating The Stone Roses to it!), their music played out to a sell out the Parr Hall crowd and brought many together. Sadly, they haven’t been around to join us.

In Thursday’s edition, there will be a 12 page legacy pull out of the Weekend, with content including interviews with the five families, Dave Monks (BBC Introducing), Hidden Charms and Georgia Parks (the photographer behind many of the iconic images of the band). There will also be a piece from the Editor about the music scene in the aftermath, plus lots more including a look back on the Parr Hall Celebration.

On the Warrington Guardian website currently, the feature, ‘In their own words’ those closest to band members River Reeves, Jack Dakin, Kris Leonard and Tomas Lowe and band manager Craig Tarry describe what the last 12 months has been like for them. Click here.

I’m sure you will join me on saying thank you to David for all his hard work and to Dave Gillespie for a the photo tribute that really stands out as something special.


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