June 18, 2016


Radiohead Event Attacked In Istanbul

Update (6/18, 10:30 P.M.): Following the attack on an A Moon Shaped Pool listening event in Istanbul, Turkey, Radiohead have released a statement. Read it below.

"Our hearts go out to those attacked tonight at Velvet IndieGround in Istanbul. We hope that someday we will be able to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past. For now, we can only offer our fans in Istanbul our love and support."

Original story (6/17, 8:00 P.M.): To celebrate the release of Radiohead’s newest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, on Friday, the band held a worldwide streaming event with participating record stores. At one shop in Istanbul, Turkey, participants in the event were attacked.

The above video was taken by one of the hosts of the event and owner of the Periscope account where the video was originally posted. Please be aware that parts of the video may be disturbing.

According to this same host, the attack happened at Velvet Indieground around 9 p.m. in Istanbul. A group of men attacked and beat the Korean shop owner, Seogu Lee. One of the posts from the event’s Facebook page stated that Lee’s whereabouts are currently unknown.

The group who attacked have been labeled as “local fascists.” A Reddit thread suggested that the group of Muslims were upset that the store was not observing Ramadan, a month-long fasting. They attacked the store because the crowd was drinking beer. Sources say the record store was vandalized and patrons were beaten by men with pipes, who broke beer bottles over their heads.

So far, no one has been reported as seriously injured.