Radiohead Listening Party Under Attack In Istanbul
A customer video footage from the attack on Velvet Indieground record store 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.
The owner of the Periscope account filming the event reported: "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".
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.”
Statement from Radiohead on the Istanbul Radiohead listening party attack: pic.twitter.com/1dXHyM22Qr— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) June 18, 2016