A record store in Istanbul, Turkey that was hosting a Radiohead listening event was rocked by violence on Friday (June 17th) when a group of men stormed the shop and attacked the customers. The men, who witnesses said were carrying metal pipes and glass bottles, were reportedly angry that the patrons in the store were drinking alcohol and listening to music during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
The situation became violent and a Periscope video has surfaced online in which you can hear but not see the altercation. A man claiming to be one of the hosts of the event wrote on Reddit, “I was one of the hosts. I am the person that’s speaking in that video. I am the owner of that periscope account. 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 no one will die.”
- It was later reported by Turkish news agencies that no one was seriously injured, though one person was reported to be bleeding from the head after being hit with a bottle. Other reports suggested that several people, including the Korean store owner and several women, had been hurt.
- Radiohead issued a brief statement on Friday night (June 17th), saying, “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.”
- The event, dubbed Live From A Moon Shaped Pool, took place at record stores around the world and included an “exclusive day-long audio stream from the band,” along with competitions, “instructional artworks” and more.
- The global event commemorated Friday’s release of the new Radiohead album, A Moon Shaped Pool, in CD and vinyl editions,along with its streaming debut on Spotify.
WATCH: Here is Periscope footage of the altercation:
INTERNET COMMENTS at Stereogum — agree or not?
Kirsty Mikel wrote: “This is really sad to hear. It’s awful how an event meant to bring community together from across continents can be used against people for violent means.”
world on a string wrote: “Music used to be a cultural exchange…the fact that this community event was unjustly and severely penalized is truly sad. It begs the of question whether anything is truly sacred.”
phytomorphojeffbridges wrote: “F**k those attackers, they know nothing about Ramadan and their (and certainly everyone else’s) duty to coexist in peace.”
California wrote: “That’s a shame, Istanbul is a beautiful city. With many more Radiohead fans than angry mobs, even if the latter gets more news coverage.”
graduation wrote: “As many problems as the U.S. has, I’m thankful we can at least endorse/reject religions without any significant fallout. The people attending this event I’m sure meant no harm to Islam, in participating in a musical event during Ramadan, yet these peoples insecurities got the better of them. It’s saddening and sickening.”
davidmania wrote: “I’m all for those who practice peaceful religion the right way, but as soon as your beliefs make you a judger, get the hell outta here.”