Update: The festival has now confirmed performances will resume on Saturday (June 3) after intensive searches had been carried out.
“After intensive searches and sweeps of the complete festival site by the police, the suspicion of a potential terrorist threat has not been confirmed,” a statement said (via BBC News).
“Set-up for day 2 of Rock am Ring has commenced and the programme is going to be resumed in the early afternoon. The incredibly disciplined fans deserve all our respect and gratitude.”
Original: A major German music festival has been suspended over security concerns.
Fans lining up for the Rock am Ring festival in Nuerburg were asked to take shelter as a precautionary measure on Friday (June 2) when police were alerted to a possible terror threat.
“Due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival,” organisers said late on Friday.
There’s no official timeline of when the festival will re-open, but promoters have indicated that they’re hopeful that Rock am Ring can resume on Saturday (June 3).
Rock am Ring has been held semi-annually since the mid 1980s and remains one of Germany’s largest open air musical festivals, often attracting more than 100,000 people.
This year’s lineup included Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bastille, System Of A Down, Prophets of Rage, Rag’n’Bone Man and German punk icons Die Toten Hosen.
(Rock am Ring 2015)
The incident comes less than two weeks after 22 were killed and more than 100 were injured when a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena concert.
The memory of who were lost in that terror attack will be honoured as Ariana returns to the UK for the televised One Love Manchester fundraiser on Sunday, featuring Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, the Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Take That and Robbie Williams.
The British Red Cross and Manchester City Council are leading fundraising efforts to support those affected by the Manchester terror attacks. To find out more, visit the We Stand Together Manchester page on JustGiving.
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