The five British men, aged between 19 and 35, died near the Swedish capital Stockholm yesterday when their car plunged more than 80 ft off a bridge into a canal following the crash.

Vocalist Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, bassist Tomas Lowe and drummer Jack Dakin and their manager Craig Tarry died in the horrific crash.

Tarry was described as a 'man of unshakable optimism' and a passionate Manchester City supporter. The bridge was closing when the crash happened after it had been opened to let a boat pass, Swedish media reported. The reason for the crash was not immediately clear.

News of the tragedy spread quickly on social media and fellow band The Enemy tweeted: "RIP Viola Beach and their manager. Such incredibly tragic and sad news. Thought with the friends and families of all involved x."

The band, based in Warrington in northwestern England, were part of the line-up for music festival Where is the Music? on Friday in Sweden and were due to play a gig in Guildford in Surrey yesterday.

Viola Beach, which performed at Reading and Leeds Festival in 2015, had also released their debut single Swings & Waterslides last year.

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