Rock am Ring music festival in Germany evacuated after terror threat

Authorities in Germany have evacuated a popular music festival on its opening day due to information relating to a “possible terror threat’ The Rock am Ring music festival in Koblenz was interrupted on Friday night after police said they received a “concrete threat” with organisers releasing a statement on the festival website that “due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival

Thousands of rock music fans were evacuated from the Rock am Ring festival in Germany due to a terrorist threat, police and concert organizers said.

Shows were suspended for a day and organizers hope to continue on Saturday. The festival, in the central German town of Nuerburg, runs Friday through Sunday at an auto racing track.
Organizers estimated about 175,000 people at the event, which is considered one of the largest and most popular rock festivals in Europe.
“Because of the last attack on a concert in Manchester, the security concept for Rock am Ring was modified in advance and the number of security officers was significantly increased to around 1,200. … Since a threat could not be ruled out, all necessary measures were taken immediately,” Koblenz police said in a statement.

The May 22 bombing  during an Ariana Grande concert left 22 people dead and 59 hurt.
Nathalie Muckhoff, 26, who was covering the festival for a local newspaper, told CNN the evacuation proceeded calmly.
“There was no fear or panic,” she said. “I could oversee the area in front of the main stage and the people left the festival ground very calmly.”
Video posted Friday showed concertgoers peacefully walking off the festival grounds while singing and chanting.
“Due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival,” organizers said in a statement. “We ask all festival visitors to leave. We have to support the police investigations. All visitors will be kept informed about any developments on all Rock am Ring social media channels, radio and the speakers.”
As the festival headliner’s, German band Rammstein was set to perform Friday night along with Bastille, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Simple Plan. Die Toten Hosen was scheduled to play Saturday, System of a Down on Sunday.
Pierre Bouvier, singer of Simple Plan, shared on Instagram a message for the band’s fans.
“#RockamRing has just been evacuated due to a credible terrorist threat. … we are here and we are fine. Nothing has happened as of yet. What a world we live in… So sad. Thank you to all the fans who were there for our show. It was an awesome crowd as usual. Love you Germany,” he wrote.
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