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Radiohead Offers 'Love & Support' to Fans Attacked at Istanbul Album Event

Thom Yorke of Radiohead
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Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at The Roundhouse on May 26, 2016 in London, England. 

"We hope that someday we will be able to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past," the band's statement reads.

On Friday (June 17) -- as Radiohead hosted streaming events around the world to support the release of A Moon Shaped Pool -- Istanbul's Velvet IndieGround Records was attacked because alcohol was being served there during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to Turkish news sources that were translated and reported by Pitchfork.

Radiohead released a statement late Friday for their fans impacted by the attack.

"Our hearts go out to those attacked tonight at Velvet IndieGround in Istanbul," the statement reads. "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."

Radiohead's 'A Moon Shaped Pool' Is Now on Spotify

Pitchfork reports that no one was seriously injured, though one fan was hit in the head with a bottle.

Record stores from San Francisco to Beijing hosted their own Radiohead streaming events Friday, the same day their album was released on Spotify -- one month after its arrival on Apple Music and Tidal.


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