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Viola Beach drum kit to go on display in Liverpool to 'inspire next generation'

Viola Beach were formed in Warrington in 2013. Credit: Viola Beach

A drum kit belonging to Viola Beach is going on display at the British Music Experience in Liverpool.

It's hoped the kit will be a symbol for young people to follow their dreams.

Viola Beach were formed in Warrington, Cheshire, in 2013 with a final line-up consisting of Kris Leonard (guitar and vocals), River Reeves (guitar), Tomas Lowe (bass guitar),and Jack Dakin (drums).

All four members of the band and their manager Craig Tarry were killed when their vehicle careered off a bridge in Sweden in February 2016.

Since the tragedy, the band have received plaudits from industry greats such as Liam Gallagher, TheStone Roses, The Courteeners and The Zutons.

The band and their manager were killed in Sweden in February 2016. Credit: Viola Beach

Head of UNESCO City of Music for Liverpool, Kevin McManus said:

"The tragic and untimely death of Viola Beach and their manager touched every musician and music fan across the country, but no more so than in Warrington and Merseyside."

"This was the area where they'd played a lot of gigs, had a loyal fan base and where they were already being talked about as a band to watch. The much anticipated show at Sound City would have been their biggest local show to date and who knows what they could have gone on to achieve."

"Given the band's close relationship with Liverpool it is fitting that the Dakin family have chosen to loan Jack's drum kit to the BME where it now sits alongside exhibits from some of the UK's most famous names in rock and pop music. At this fabulous museum the drum kit can now be seen by visitors from all around the world, ensuring that the name and music of Viola Beach lives on."

On the 3rd November 2015, Jack, sister Loren, Bev and his Dad, went 'Drum Shopping' at the Manchester Drum Centre in Trafford and Jack tried out every percussion instrument on display, including bongo drums, cow bells and tambourines.

Jack fell in love straight away with the classic retro style and sound given from the Gretsch Broadkaster drum kit.

On the 11th November, 2015, his Dad, Jack and his friend, returned to the Manchester Drum Centre and they purchased the full kit. The drum kit was custom built in the USA and unfortunately arrived after the accident."

– Jack Dakin's family
The band's first album was launched after their death. Credit: ITV News

The Dakin family hope that by publicly displaying Jack's drum kit it may inspire future generations to believe that every dream and ambition is a possibility.

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