A Peaceful Noise: Bataclan Memorial Concert

Last year a terrorist attack during an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan in Paris stunned the music world. It left many dead. A tragic, senseless act, the likes we hope will never occur again.

I attended an Eagles of Death Metal gig just one week before the attack happened, and the joyous atmosphere in Newcastle that night was a complete contrast to the terror and sadness gig goers would experience just seven days later.

To honour the music lovers that lost their lives that night, the family of Nick Alexander, a British music merchandiser who was tragically killed that night, are launching a special night of live music to mark the anniversary of the attack. The event will be called A Peaceful Noise.

A Peaceful Noise is to pay tribute to the Paris victims with a positive message of understanding, to celebrate music’s unique ability to unite people as equals, and to raise money for two music related charities paying forward the love and goodwill within the community.

The charities being supported are The Nick Alexander Memorial Trust and Josh Homme’s Sweet Stuff Foundation.

Zoe Alexander, Nick’s sister and A Peaceful Noise founder said: “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”.

A Peaceful Noise: Shepherds Bush Empire

The concert will feature performances from a whole host of Nick’s friends and contemporaries including alternative rockers Maximo Park, ex-Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Travis lead singer Fran Healy and Frank Turner, who will be playing his only London date this year.

There will also be DJ sets from Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack, Vicar/DJ Father Brian Ralph and Matt Walsh. More acts are to be announced in the near future.

Frank Turner commented: “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”.

The concert takes place on November 15th at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London. For more information, head to www.apeacefulnoise.com.

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