Due to the recent escalation in violence and military action within the country, Swedish black metallers SHINING have been forced to scrap their plans to play in Turkey. The two gigs, which were due to take place in Istanbul and Ankara on November 15 and November 17, will be rescheduled at a later date.
Commented SHINING frontman Niklas Kvarforth: "I would personally like to apologize to the fans in Ankara and Istanbul for the cancellation. We have always received a lot of correspondence from Turkish fans asking us to play in their country, and we know that this must be a disappointment for them. It’s a big disappointment for us too. I would, however, like to stress that the decision to cancel was most emphatically NOT taken by the band. We have never been political, and we are not taking sides with anyone. Had it been down to us we would have played — violence or no violence — and I think people who know the band, know this to be true. Unfortunately, the booking agency, and others involved with the tour, were not prepared to let us go ahead and play in a country where people were being killed, as they considered it too dangerous for both the band and the audience. We held out as long as we could to see if the situation would ease, but the matter was always completely out of our hands. We will definitely try to reschedule as soon as we can."
SHINING will undertake a 19-date European tour with ex-MAYHEM singer Maniac's SKITLIV and Austrian black metallers HELLSAW during December.