The owners of many of Paris’ most popular clubs have issued a joint statement announcing that, a week after the terror attacks in the French capital, they will all reopen their doors as soon as this weekend. “Nothing and nobody will stop Paris from dancing,” the coalition of nearly 20 club owners said in the statement translated by Rolling Stone.
“Today we mourn the loss of our friends and all the victims. But we will not fold before any mandate to live in fear,” the group added. “Music, dance, sharing, meetings, the social bond and diversity are values that we carry that obviously these terrorists have targeted for destruction. That will not work.”
In an effort to assuage fears in the aftermath of the November 13th tragedy, the club owners announced that extra security measures would be in place for when they reopen, including limiting the need for outdoor spaces, the installation of security barriers and metal detectors at entryways. Additional security measures were outlined in a statement by the Chambre Syndicale des Cabarets Artistiques et Discothèques.
While the club themselves are eager to reopen, some artists themselves are not quite ready to perform in Paris. The Faust venue was scheduled to reopen with a performance by Joris Voorn; however, Faust announced Friday that the Dutch DJ had withdrawn from the gig. According to the venue, Voorn didn’t “feel ready” to perform in Paris so soon after the terror attacks. “To play a gig exactly seven days and two hours after 89 people have been killed in a nightclub in the same city is something I can’t do,” Voorn said in his own statement explaining the postponement. “I hope you understand and respect my decision.”
The owners of the Bataclan, the scene of the Eagles of Death Metal concert that was one of the focal points of the ISIS-perpetrated terror attacks, similarly promised that the legendary Parisian club would once again house concerts. “It will reopen, no question about it,” co-owner Dominique Rivert said. “Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender.”