Viola Beach's debut album is being released on vinyl

A vinyl edition of their debut album will be released in September, five years after the band and their manager tragically died.

Viola Beach's debut album is being released on vinyl, five years after the band and their manager tragically died.

The band's self-titled debut will be released on vinyl on October 22 on rainbow coloured picture disc - a reference to the now famous press photos of the band.

The record is released via Fuller Beans Records, the label set up by Viola Beach and their manager.


Voila Beach's first record was put together posthumously and released in July 2016. The four members of the Warrington band Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, bassist Tomas Lowe, drummer Jack Dakin and their manager Craig Tarry were killed when their car fell from a highway bridge into a canal in Stockholm in February.

The album debuted at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. That summer, a number of acts paid tribute to the band, including Coldplay, who performed their track Boys That Sing during their headline slot at Glastonbury. 

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Of the album's release on vinyl, singer Kris Leonard's mother Lisa Leonard said: "I would like to thank SJM and other organisations for the continued support we as families have received. I am very proud that the Boys album will be released on Vinyl. I’m sure Kristian would have been too. Kris and the boys' lives will continue through their music."

The family of Tomas Love added: “The family of Tom would like to thank everyone at SJM & Communion Records who have made this re-release possible and to everybody out there who has listened to their music over the past 5 years. As a family we are immensely proud of Tom and the re-release of the albums is a lasting tribute to the boy's passion, music and friendship."

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