A Peaceful Noise pays tribute to the Bataclan attack with Josh Homme, Frank Turner, Band of Skulls and False HeadsCultureMusicLive music
The second edition of A Peaceful Noise charity concert at ULU has been an incredible success. The sold-out show has more than lived up to its billing as a very special night of rock’n’roll in aid of the Nick Alexander Memorial Trust and the Sweet Stuff Foundation featuring Frank Turner, Band of Skulls, False Heads and Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme who commented: “This night is something wonderful”.
A Peaceful Noise organiser Zoe Alexander said: “What an incredible night! We are so grateful for all the support from the artists and fans. These opportunities to come together and unite with music are now more vital than ever and I’m so glad that we achieved that tonight”.
Frank Turner said, “I’m always happy to support A Peaceful Noise, It’s an evening to remember my friend Nick who passed away but it’s also an evening to remember the reasons we get together for shows and the values we think are important within them so I will continue to support it as long as I can”
Throughout the night, there were emotionally charged performances from Joshua Homme – a founder member of Eagles of Death Metal, whom Nick was touring with in November 2015 when the attack at the Bataclan took place – Frank Turner, False Heads and A Band of Skulls who performed with a beautiful string quartet.
The concert came to a victorious crescendo with an impeccably observed one minute’s peaceful noise applause and a super group finale featuring Frank Turner, Band of Skulls, False Heads all coming together to sing John Lennon’s Instant Karma in honour of Nick and everyone who has lost their lives in terrorist attacks throughout the world.
Guests were also treated to a fabulous after party, more Peaceful Noise, with DJ sets from The Libertines’ Carl Barat and Gary Powell ensuring that the party went well into the night.
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