July 20, 2016


Muse Cancels Istanbul Show In Wake of Turkish Military Coup Attempt

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Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Muse has cancelled their July 26 concert in Istanbul, Turkey, following an attempted military coup aimed at overthrowing the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The band tweeted an update on their concert plans, along with an apologetic statement informing fans of the scraped show: 

"We regret that in light of recent capricious events in Turkey, we have decided to cancel our concert which was scheduled to take place on July 26th.... Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to seeing our Turkish fans in the future." 

Muse's precaution isn't for naught. After the attempted coup conducted by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces last weekend, President Erdogan's government has been conducting purges, meant to ferret out any possible conspirators who may have known or helped conduct the operation. The band is issuing full refunds for any Turkish fans who are now missing the show. 

For a happier Muse memory, watch the band's (uncanceled) performance at the 2013 BRIT Awards: