Germany’s Rock am Ring Music Festival Evacuated Due to Terror Threat

Rock am Ring terror threat
Thomas Frey/Dpa via AP

Rock am Ring, one of the biggest music festivals in Germany, was abruptly shut down on Friday evening due to a terror warning. Festival organizers said on Facebook that police told them to interrupt the festival and vacate the premises as an act of precaution.

Festivalgoers were advised to leave the grounds in a “calm and controlled manner.” Local police said in a statement that the decision to cancel the festival was made due to “concrete leads” for a terror threat.

“As safety is paramount, and it is necessary to exclude a threat to festival visitors in any case as far as possible, it was decided to suspend the festival for this day,” police said.

“After a threat could not be ruled out, all necessary measures were taken immediately. This led to the event being interrupted today for security reasons,” they added.

Almost 90,000 people are estimated to have traveled to the Nürburgring race track near Mendig in western Germany to attend the annual festival, which was scheduled to run until Sunday. In the wake of the terror attack in Manchester, police had already increased security for the festival, with more than 1,200 police officers in the field. According to Sky News, concertgoers left the site calmly while singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

German hard rock group Rammstein were set to perform on Friday night. Die Toten Hosen, System of a Down, the Beatsteaks, Five Finger Death Punch, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Suicide Silence, and Slaves are among the other acts.

Organizers said that they’d hope to continue the festival on Saturday.

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    1. We are in a time of war. It is therefore legal under International law to shoot all the muslims and their families if they are discovered in our countries, which include all of America and all of Europe. So shoot them on sight and burn the bodies by sundown. Praise be to Allah.

    2. Clarke says:

      But dumb asses like Katy Perry endorse open borders.

      • The Truth says:

        If you think that border restrictions will stop terrorism, you’re delusional. Convincing phone calls or texts can shut down any event or business endeavor, aggregately costing billions. Many of the most deadly terrorists are now homegrown locals. Until there is a serious global initiative to understand the real sources of violent hatred at the root of terrorism, the tab and the death toll will grow higher and higher. Tough guy posturing and absurdly ineffective shows of force — like the recent Tomahawk bombing of Syria — don’t get the job done.

        • your an idiot if you do not think that protecting our borders doesn’t matter for they do if its done right and right now Trump is doing a great job at the borders and tough vetting of refugees so we can avoid the mistakes they have caused in Europe and Merkel,obama and others who want the refugees her and illegals all have walls around their homes just like all the elites u fool

      • quinna says:

        Exactly. Terrorism is the new normal. Wasn’t like this years ago. Obama, Merkel, socialist Europe allowed this.

    3. ali reynolds says:

      does it matter where it was? fk sake – fact that its happened is fkin terrible

    4. Mrs Hope says:

      Horrible horrible thing

      But whoever wrote it could have researched it a bit

      Nuerburgring is no where near Nuernberg
      Rock am Ring isnt at the Nuerburgring anymore
      Rock im PARK is in Nuernberg

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