German police evacuated an open-air weekend “Rock am Ring” concert near the Nuerburgring race track on Friday night due to “concrete leads” of a possible terror threat.
Via: Barney Henderson
“Due to a terror danger situation, we told the organiser to temporarily stop the concert as a precaution,” police in the nearby town of Koblenz said in a statement.
All those attending were asked to leave the concert and head to nearby camping grounds “in a controlled and orderly fashion”.
“The organiser of Rock am Ring, working closely with the security authorities, have ended ahead of schedule the festival today,” the police said. “The background to this was a concrete warning that made it impossible to rule out a terror threat.”
“We cannot provide any further details on the background information,” the statement added.
Thousands of festival-goers sang You’ll Never Walk Alone as they left the arena.
More than 80,000 music fans had travelled to the Nuernburgring for the festival.
The German band Rammstein was the headline act last night, but had not yet started playing.
The suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester on May 26 led to changes in the security planning for the German concert and the number of security officials was increased substantially to 1,200, the police said.
“We take all tips and suspicious incidents extremely seriously and investigate closely,” they added.
Last year, the third and final day of the “Rock am Ring” was cancelled after lightning strikes injured 80 people, some seriously.
80,000 music fans are at the Rock am Ring festival
More than 80,000 festival goers had traveled to the Nuernburgring for the festival, which due to run until Sunday evening.
The German band Rammstein was the Friday night headliner, but hadn’t yet started playing.
Organisers said they hoped the festival would continue as normal on Saturday.
Festival organisers say evacuation is a precaution
In a statement on Facebook, the organisers of Rock am Ring said the festival was being evacuated as a precaution because of a terror threat, while police continue investigations.
AUFGRUND EINER TERRORISTISCHEN GEFÄHRDUNGSLAGE HAT DIE POLIZEI DEN VERANSTALTER VON ROCK AM RING VORSORGLICH ANGEWIESEN, DAS FESTIVAL VORLÄUFIG ZU UNTERBRECHEN, AUCH UM IM VERANSTALTUNGSBEREICH ERMITTLUNGEN ZU ERMÖGLICHEN. Deshalb wurden alle Besucher gebeten, das Festivalgelände kontrolliert und ruhig in Richtung Ausgänge und Campingplätze zu verlassen.
Der Veranstalter informiert laufend über die weitere Entwicklung über Social Media, die Medien und Radio. Die Veranstalter hoffen, Rock am Ring morgen fortsetzen zu können.
Reports that a rock festival in Germany has been suspended due to terror threat
Festival-goers are being evacuated due to a “terror threat” according to several reports on Twitter.
There is no confirmation from police.