On Sunday night Coldplay used their headlining slot on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to pay tribute to Viola Beach and give them the festival moment they never got to have. During their set, singer Chris Martin urged the crowd to send the band’s song ‘Boys That Sing’ “up the charts”, before playing it alongside a recording of the band.
Viola Beach, a four-piece indie band from Cheshire, were tragically killed alongside their manager Craig Tarry, in a fatal car crash in Sweden on February 13 2016. The band had been in Sweden to take part in a music festival and were playing their first gigs outside the UK.
According to the NME, in the less than 24 hours that have followed Coldplay’s tribute, Viola Beach's Spotify streams have increased by 6,148 per cent. The band previously entered the UK singles top 10 in February, one week after their tragic deaths with ‘Swings & Waterslides’ reaching number 11.
Speaking to the Glastonbury crowd Martin said: “At the beginning of the year maybe you read in the news about that beautiful young band called Viola Beach. A band that just got signed and were on their first tour of the world and went trough a tragic accident and they got taken away.
“We as a band thought that was just the worst it just reminded us of us all other the other bands who come through here the excitement and the joy and the hope and we really felt that in them. We're going to create Viola Beach's alternative future for them and let them headline Glastonbury for a song.”
“So Kris and Jack and River and Tomas and their manager Craig, this is maybe what would have been you in 20 years or so and I hope we do this song justice.” On July 29th a nine-track album from the band titled Viola Beach will be released through their own Fuller Beans Records label.