What happened at the Rock am Ring festival was breaking news earlier today. Egri Nök sends the following brief report and translation, and a video from FOCUS.de will be processed separately:
“Rock am Ring”, Germany’s largest rock music festival with tens of thousands of visitors, is being evacuated right now. A terror warning came in 30 minutes ago.
The name means “Rock at the Ring” — “The Ring” is the famous Formula1 racing course Nürburgring in the Rhineland.
Rammstein were supposed to be headlining the event.
Here’s her translation of a report from FOCUS.de:
Friday June 2 9:44 PM
The music festival Rock am Ring, attended by tens of thousands of music fans, has been stopped by a terror warning, according to the organizers.
- Nürburgring is being evacuated
- Police speak of “concrete hints at a terrorist threat”
- More than 87,000 rock fans expected at the three-day festival
9:44pm The government of Rhineland Pfalz has confirmed the terror threat. 9:36pm The evacuation is underway in a disciplined manner, according to reports. The festival visitors are leaving the area chanting “You’ll never walk alone” and “Terror sucks” (Terror ist Scheisse). 9:28pm On the festival grounds, the loudspeaker announcement is made that “The festival is cancelled for today because of a terror threat. Please go to the exits.” 9:27pm Police in Koblenz announce: “The background is concrete hints according to which we cannot rule out a possible terrorist threat. Investigations are going on under intense pressure.” 9:24pm The organizers ask visitors via Facebook to leave the grounds in a controlled and calm manner towards the exits and camping sites. The organizers hope to be able to continue the festival tomorrow.
The organizers of the three-day festival announce that police instructed them to ask visitors to leave the grounds “because of a terror threat situation”.
This is the late-night press conference from a while ago by the organizer Marek Lieberberg. I haven’t watched it yet, but I heard it was good and he was angry. Lieberberg is well-respected in the German music industry; he has been organizing concerts for some twenty years now.