Radiohead have condemned a violent attack on a group of fans who’d gathered at an Istanbul record store as part of the band’s Live From A Moon Shaped Pool listening parties on Friday.
The UK indie legends held special listening parties at record stores around the world last week, treating fans to a live stream from the band, as well as competitions and other goodies.
However, what Fairfax have described as “a group of radical Islamists” stormed the Velvet IndieGround, a record store in Istanbul, Turkey, and began attacking patrons attending a session.
According to reports, including one Redditor who watched the attack unfold via Periscope, the attackers were angered by the attendees drinking alcohol and listening to music during Ramadan.
“Around 21:00 (local time) a group of motherf****s attacked and beaten [sic] up the shop owner, manhandled the visitors and vandalized the store,” Redditor Rawkon wrote.
Radiohead have released a statement sending their “love and support” to fans in Istanbul. “Our hearts go out to those attacked tonight at Velvet IndieGround in Istanbul,” they wrote.
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“We hope that some day 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.”
Whilst no one was seriously injured in the attack, Turkish outlet soL reports up to 20 men used pipes and bottles to beat store owners and attendees before vandalising the store itself.
Footage from the event’s live Periscope feed has surfaced online, showing the moment the attackers stormed the store, forcing everyone outside and threatening to kill them and burn the store.