As the bank Holiday weekend approaches, Reading and Leeds Festival as well as Creamfields open their gates to thousands of music fans, and it was one year ago that a glowing tribute was paid to Warrington band Viola Beach and their manager Craig Tarry, who we sadly lost earlier in the year at both sites.
For it was on the BBC Music Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds where the boys played one of their earliest festival sets, back in August 2015, showcasing their irrepressible energy and huge potential.
Festival goers were asked to join in celebration of their memory at Leeds on Friday (26th August) at 17:35 and Sunday (28th) 18:05 at Reading.
The stage announcer introduced the clip, featuring audio interviews with frontman Kris Leonard, footage from their performance at last year’s Reading & Leeds festival, and tributes from Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens, as being “made in memory of the boys that sing.” After the video came to an end, the full clip of the Warrington band playing second single Boys That Sing at a BBC Maida Vale session was shown.
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During Reading Festival, Blossoms also took to the stage in the BBC Introducing tent on Friday to remember the group, who supported them on tour earlier in the year. Following the group’s tragic death in a car crash on February 13, Blossoms never replaced Viola Beach but instead decided to open each night with a recording of the band, taken from a previous show.
Watch Viola Beach at Reading Festival here.