Istanbul – Unclear what is going on, but there are acts of violence occurred in VelvetIndieGround. It happened while streaming event the new album release; Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool June 17, 2016. Some media revealed that; some people who were enjoying the songs of Radiohead, they get rushed by people due to drunk in Ramadan (occurred at 9 pm local time).


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Today, Radiohead is holding a streaming event to celebrate the release of A Moon Shaped Pool at record stores across the globe. According to Turkish news mediaVelvet IndieGround Records in Istanbul was attacked while the Radiohead event was taking place. A group of men angry that the event featured the drinking of alcohol during Ramadan entered the store this evening and accosted the patrons, before things turned violent. Video of the attack was shared on Periscope and YouTube. It has been reported that no one was seriously injured, though one person was reported to be bleeding from the head after being hit with a bottle.

In a Facebook post, Velvet IndieGround Records called upon anyone who needed help to contact them.

Pitchfork has reached out to Radiohead’s representatives and XL Recordings for comment.

(Thanks Ebru Yildiz for contributing translation and reporting to this story.)

Radiohead respons:

“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.”