Organiser speaks out after Radiohead listening party is attacked in Istanbul

The event came under attack by a mob on Friday night (June 17)

One of the hosts behind a Radiohead listening party in Istanbul has issued a message online after the event was attacked by a mob last night (Friday, June 17).

An indie record store in the Turkish city came under attack by a group of men during a listening party for the British band’s worldwide streaming event in celebration of the physical release of their new album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’. The band’s streaming event yesterday featured an exclusive, day-long audio stream and exclusives for fans attending the events.

Video footage from the attack on Velvet Indieground has been shared on YouTube (see below) and shows a group of shouting men storming the record store, breaking furniture, beating customers and driving them outside.

Reports suggest that the men were unhappy that people inside the store were drinking alcohol during the month of Ramadan. There were no serious injuries, although one man was reportedly left bleeding after being struck on the head with a bottle. The record store has asked anyone at the event who needs help to get in touch.

Now, an individual claiming to be one of the hosts has issued a message to Reddit, claiming that the mob were “determined to kill us”.

“I was one of the hosts,” the message reads. “I am the person that’s speaking in that video. I am the owner of that Periscope account.”

The person continued: “They were determined to kill us. We were beaten by more than 20 men with pipes in their hands, beer bottles were broken on our heads, I don’t even know how we made it out. I will share the details later guys. Just hoping that noone will die”.

The same individual later added: “Thank you for your support. I love you all. [It] looks like everyone at our event is fine. For the first time in my life, I was scared of being killed. Can’t even think right now, just a blank stare at the walls.”

Radiohead have also responded to the attack with a statement, writing, “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 violence as things of the ancient past. For now, we can only offer our fans in Istanbul our love and support.”

Fellow Radiohead fans are also leaving messages of support on the listening party’s Facebook page.