Sting to reopen Bataclan year after Paris attacks

Sting playing at the Bataclan (Newshub.)
Sting playing at the Bataclan (Newshub.)

On the eve of the anniversary of the Paris attacks, the Bataclan concert hall where 90 people were massacred has been reopened with a concert by Sting.

On Novemer 13 2015, Islamic State sympathisers killed 130 people in coordinated attacks across the city which targeted a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars.

Around 1500 people were watching rock band Eagles of Death Metal play when suicide bombers and jihadists with automatic weapons opened fire on the concert hall.

Hundreds were injured in the attack, and many survivors are expected at the reopening concert, headlined by Sting.

Sting to reopen Bataclan year after Paris attacks

People walking into the refurbished Bataclan theatre (Reuters)

"In reopening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile," says the ex-frontman of rock band the Police.

"First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents. In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them."

In in a statement, the Bataclan's Bertrand Dicale reaffirmed the venue's importance to the city.

"By reopening one year after the November 13th attacks, the Bataclan confirms what it has always been: a reflection of the culture and the art of living of Paris, whatever the events, the crises, the upheavals this city."

"As Paris was able to overcome its pain, its anger and its fear, the Bataclan did not want to die. He is born again, with more fervour and more humility than ever," he said.

Proceeds from the concert will go to two charities which support survivors and families of those killed in last year's Islamic State massacre.

The concert hall will remain closed on the actual anniversary of the attacks out of respect for the victims.