The Paris attacks: "Terrorists won't take away our music"
In the wake of the attacks in Paris, we ask the industry experts what it all means for the future of live music.
The November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris shocked the world. By far the worst of the atrocities occurred at the French capital’s Bataclan venue during a concert by the Eagles Of Death Metal, where 89 people were killed. In total the attacks claimed 129 lives.
The Californian band were performing to a capacity crowd of 1,500 when Islamic State extremists wearing suicide belts took people hostage and fired shots, before blowing themselves and others up as police stormed the building.
Among the dead at the venue were Nick Alexander from Colchester, who had been selling merchandise for the band, Mercury Records’ international product manager Thomas Ayad and French rock journalist William B. Decherf.
So what’s next for the future of live music after the Bataclan tragedy? Will the gig-going experience ever be the same again? What’s being done to make you, the fans, feel safe, secure and unthreatened?
We talked to an array of industry experts – artists, promoters, booking agents and security men – and posed them the questions that _you _want answering.