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Istanbul’s One Love Festival Canceled in Wake of Attempted Turkish Coup

INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Musician Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club performs onstage during day 2 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at The Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2013 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

One Love Festival, which was to take place tomorrow (July 17) just outside Istanbul, has been canceled after yesterday’s attempted military coup led to violence and unrest in Turkey. The one-day event was to feature headliners including Irish synth-rock trio Two Door Cinema Club, psychedelic Londoners Django Django, and Austrian house duo Klangkarussell.

“The 15th One Love Festival that was planned to be at Parkorman on 17th of July is not going to be performed,” festival organizers wrote in a statement on the official website. “In case of organizing the festival in the forthcoming days, the new day will be announced as soon as possible.”

A confusing scene played out in Turkey overnight as factions of the military appeared to rise up against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leading to violence in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara. By the following day, thousands of military personnel had been arrested, and Turkey’s government said it was re-establishing control.

Two Door Cinema Club responded to the cancelation on Twitter (via DIY Mag):