The National cancel Turkish gig due to police violence in Istanbul

The band were due to play Istanbul Calling later this month

The National cancel Turkish gig due to police violence in Istanbul

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The National have pulled their forthcoming gig at the Istanbul Calling festival because of escalating violence in Turkey.

The band have cancelled the June 23 show following reports of 'excessive violence' used by police on peaceful protestors who have spent the past two weeks campaigning against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Last night (June 11) an estimated 2,500 people were injured in and around Taksim Square. The band took to their Facebook page to write:

We're sad to report that our Istanbul show has been cancelled. We support the right to peaceful protest and hope that excessive violence by riot police ends quickly. #direngeziparki


Meanwhile, The National have announced a one-off London show for later this month. They will play the Roundhouse on June 26 with support from Local Natives. Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit the Roundhouse website.

The National recently released their sixth album 'Trouble Will Find Me', which debuted at Number Three in both the UK and the US. The band have numerous European festival appearances lined up this summer but at present, the Roundhouse show is their only confirmed UK date until November, when they will play shows in Belfast, Manchester and London as well as Dublin, Ireland.

The National will play:

London Roundhouse (June 26)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (November 9)
Dublin O2 Arena (10)
Manchester O2 Apollo (11, 12)
London Alexandra Palace (13, 14)


To check the availability of The National tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.

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