Terrorists opened fire on the Bataclan Theatre during an Eagles of Death Metal concert, as part of a series of attacks that horrified the world.
A year on, the music industry is uniting to pay tribute and to honour those who were affected.
Amongst the 89 fans who tragically lost their lives was Nick Alexander, a British music merchandiser. His family are launching the memorial event in order to mark the attack’s one year anniversary. ‘A Peaceful Noise’ aims to encourage solidarity with everyone impacted, and to use music to spread awareness of the events.
Taking place at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 15th of November, the concert will be raising money for two music-orientated charities: The Nick Alexander Memorial Trust, and Josh Homme’s Sweet Stuff Foundation.
Nick Alexander’s sister, Zoe Alexander, is the founder of the event, and has released the following statement: “Live music was Nick’s passion and it seemed only fitting that we mark the anniversary of his passing in this way. Everyone who lost their lives that night had a shared love of music and we’re thrilled to bring some of Nick’s favourite artists together for this celebration of unity, peace and rock and roll”.
The concert is set to feature many stunning performances from Nick’s friends and contemporaries. This includes Maximo Park, ex-Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Travis’s Fran Healy, DJ sets from Russell Lissack (Bloc Party), Father Brian Ralph, and Matt Walsh. More are expected to be announced soon.
Joining the already stellar line-up in his only London date of the year is Frank Turner, who has commented that “Losing Nick in the horrible events in Paris was the worst part of last year; he was truly one of the good guys. Bringing people together in the spirit of peace and music for an evening is the least we can do for his memory, I’m honoured to be asked to play”.
Just like Nick, music is a huge part of the fabric of many of our lives. It is ingrained into our souls, mirrors our emotions, and speaks to us in ways that nothing else can. By coming together in a night of peace and celebration, we will ensure that those we lost will never be forgotten.
“Do not judge a song by its duration, nor by the number of its notes.
Judge it by the way it touches and lifts the soul.”