The live music industry is set to increase security measures at venues following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday 13th November.
A total of 89 people were killed when gunmen stormed the Bataclan concert hall (pictured) in the City, alongside targeting several bars and restaurants and the area outside of the Stade de France. The total death toll was 129 people
American rock band Eagles of Death Metal were playing the Bataclan at the time. Victims included merchandise manager Nick Alexander, 36, Mercury Records’ international product manager Thomas Ayad, 32, digital marketing executive Marie Mosser, 24, and music and culture journalist Guillaume B. Decherf, 43.
Owners of the Bataclan Jules Frutos and Olivier Poubelle said: “We are shattered. Our thoughts go to the victims, the injured and their families. We also have thoughts for our team that has been outstanding, and also for the public and the artists present yesterday at our venue, the Bataclan”.
Concert Promoter Nous issued a statement saying: “Impossible to find the words to express the horror. Our thoughts go naturally to the families of the victims”.
The New York Times reports that Live Nation has said it will increase security at its venues in the wake of the attacks, issuing a statement saying: “The safety and security of our shows, fans and venues continues to be our highest priority. Due to the recent events in Paris and in an abundance of caution we have implemented heightened security procedures globally. However, because of the sensitive nature of these protocols, we cannot elaborate further on the specific details”.
Other live promoters are also expected to take heightened precautions.
Numerous concerts and events have been cancelled or postponed in Paris, including show by U2, Motorhead, Foo Fighters and Prince, whose entire European tour has been postponed.
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