Radiohead listening party attacked in Istanbul

The band have issued a statement offering 'love and support'

An indie record store in the Turkish city of Istanbul came under attack by a group of men last night (June 17) during a listening party for Radiohead’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 (via Pitchfork) 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.

Radiohead have 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.