The Paris music venue attacked in November by terrorists during an Eagles of Death Metal concert is eyeing a re-opening later this year.
The owners of Le Bataclan posted a statement to Facebook today, describing the venue’s renovation and detailing some of its first performers since the November 13 siege that killed 89 people as part of a series of terror attacks. They stress that no specific opening date is set, but Pete Doherty has been booked to perform a few days after the attacks’ first anniversary, on November 16. Other performers include Youssou N’dour (November 18), Nada Surf (December 2), and Mz (December 3).
“The work of renovation of the Bataclan have started,” reads the statement, translated from French. “They consist of the rehabilitation of all the infrastructure and facilities of the room without, however, change the layout of this one. We’re going to try to preserve its warmth and friendliness. We want to maintain the spirit popular and festive who has always been hers. The exact date of reopening is not set to this day.”
Other concerts and performances are set to be announced in the coming days.
“And in this particular day, we cannot, of course, miss having a thought for all the victims of 13 November and their families,” reads the Bataclan message in closing.