Terror warning shuts German rock festival on opening night

by Wade Massey June 3, 2017, 4:20

Rock am Ring has been evacuated due to what organisers are calling a "terrorist threat".

In a separate statement, local police said that "investigations are now under way" regarding "concrete indications, which can not exclude a possible terrorist threat".

It draws tens of thousands of people annually.

Organisers asked people to leave the venue to allow police to investigate the threat.

"All visitors are requested to leave the festival site in a controlled and quiet manner and make for the exits and camping sites".

One of the biggest music festivals in Germany has been shut down after a "concrete" terror threat.

Up to 90,000 festival-goers had been expected to attend this year, amid heightened security following the attack on a concert in the northern English city of Manchester last week.

Organizer Marek Lieberberg told journalists at the scene that he hoped the annual three-day festival would be able to resume Saturday as planned, but that it was not yet clear. A benefit concert featuring Grande, Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, Coldplay and others is set to take place this Sunday.

Friday's scheduled performances had included Rammstein, Five Finger Death Punch, Clutch, Rival Sons and The Living End.

"More detailed information will be announced tomorrow at 11 a.m.at the press conference of the Ministry of the Interior of Rhineland-Palatinate", the announcement read.

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