“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.”
Some within the industry share doubts that increasing security might not make much of a difference on highly planned attacks, but it’s a step in the right direction. Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the magazine Pollstar, stated “it’s only logical for major venues worldwide to have heightened security. “ He also mentioned that there is only so much someone could do to stop suicidal attackers.
After the attacks which left 129 dead and many injured at an Eagles of Death Metal concert, Red Bull Music Academy Paris has decided to postpone all public shows until November 19th. Many other scheduled gigs have followed and made the decision to postpone their shows, including Hiatus Kaiyote, Julia Holter and Motorhead.
The venue that was attacked, Le Bataclan, has issued its first public statement since the tragedy.
“No words suffice to express the magnitude of our grief. Many of you have wanted to gather in remembrance at the Bataclan. Unfortunately, the authorities still need to work at the site. We will keep you informed about when it will be possible to assemble in front of the hall. We thank you for your support, which touches us profoundly.”
Our prayers continue to be with Paris and those who were affected by this act of terrorism.