Frank Turner, Maximo Park, Gaz Coombes and Travis‘s Fran Healy have all been announced to play a special London show in memory of Nick Alexander – who died in the Paris terror attacks at the Bataclan last November.
Alexander, 35 from Essex, was one of 90 civilians killed during the shootings at Paris’ Le Bataclan music venue, which occurred during a series of violent attacks in the French capital on 13 November 2015. He was working at the gig as Eagles Of Death Metal‘s merchandise manager – but had also toured with the likes of Fall Out Boy, Sum 41, The Black Keys and many more.
Now, a new concert called A Peaceful Noise comes to London in November – which “aims to harness that solidarity and kick-start a movement that uses music to raise awareness, to unite and to pay tribute to all those who were affected by the attack”.
“Losing Nick in the horrible events in Paris was the worst part of last year,” said Frank Turner. “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.”
Nick’s sister and charity founder Zoe Alexander added: “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 event will raise money for two music-related charities, The Nick Alexander Memorial Trust and Josh Homme’s Sweet Stuff Foundation. This will be Frank Turner’s only London show of 2016. The show will also feature DJ sets from [a]Bloc Party[/s]’s Russell Lissack, Father Brian Ralph and Matt Walsh. Many more acts are set to be announced.
A Peaceful Noise takes place at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Tuesday 15 November. Tickets are available here.