Friday, 2 June 2017
Rock am Ring: German music festival evacuated after 'terror threat'
A German music festival has been evacuated after a possible 'terror threat', organisers have said. Thousands have left Rock am Ring festival in Nuerburg after a warning from the police. Security at the festival had reportedly been tightened in the wake of the deadly Manchester bombing last month, with about 1,200 police officers patrolling the event. It has not yet been confirmed the source of the terror threat and an investigation has been launched. The evacuation was said to have been calmly conducted by the festival-goers, whom reportedly sang You'll Never Walk Alone as they left the site. A statement on the festival's official Facebook page read: "Due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival.
“We ask all festival visitors to leave the festival site in a calm and controlled manner towards the exits and camping grounds.
“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.
“We hope that the festival will continue tomorrow. Thank you for your cooperation.”
More than 80,000 revellers are believed to have travelled to the Nuernburgring for the event, which is best known for its Formula One race track. The German band Rammstein was the Friday night headliner, but had not yet started playing. Festival organisers say they hope to be able to go ahead with the programme on Saturday. Last year, the third and final day of the "Rock am Ring" was cancelled after lightning strikes injured 80 people, some seriousl