Veteran rocker Sting is set to play a charity gig at the Bataclan in Paris, reopening the music venue on the eve of the first anniversary of the horrifying terrorist attack in which 89 people died.

The former singer of The Police, 65, will perform at the iconic venue in the east of Paris on November 12th, the day before the city marks the first anniversary of the atrocities inflicted in a co-ordinated attack by ISIS last year that targeted a number of bars, restaurants and the national football stadium. A total of 130 people died, and many more were injured.

StingSting will play a charity gig at Le Bataclan in Paris on November 12th

Sting announced via his personal website: “In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile. 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.”

All proceeds from Sting’s gig will be donated to two charities who are working with victims of the attack.

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The announcement of such a big name will undoubtedly come as a boost for the venue, which has reportedly been struggling to attract prestigious names to play there – even though it is a comparatively small place. Former Libertines singer Pete Doherty and Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour are booked to play on November 16th and 18th respectively.

On November 13th, the day of the anniversary of the attack itself, survivors from the fateful incident and US rock group Eagles of Death Metal, who were performing when the attack took place, will attend the unveiling of a plaque in front of the concert hall.

Ever since the devastating attacks, the Bataclan has been undergoing extensive renovations and, last week, a brand new façade for the building was revealed to the public.

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