2017 Rock am Ring Festival Evacuated Over Terrorist Threat

UPDATE June 3: The Rock am Ring festival went on as planned today with festival organizers saying the following (translated from German):

“These are the news we all have been waiting for:

Rock am Ring 2017 will go on! After intensive searches and sweeps of the complete festival site by the police the suspicion of a potential terrorist threat has not been confirmed.

Set up for day 2 of Rock am Ring has commenced and the program is going to be resumed in the early afternoon. The incredibly disciplined fans deserve all our respect and gratitude.
We keep you posted.”

Original Story:

The 2017 Rock am Ring festival in Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany has been evacuated over an apparent “terror threat”. You can see statements from the local police department and festival organizers below (translated from German).

Police Department:

“The organizer of Rock am Ring has terminated today’s festive day in close coordination with the security forces. The background is concrete evidence, which can not be excluded from a possible terrorist threat. Investigations are currently underway. We can not give exact background information at this time.

As safety is paramount, and it is necessary to exclude a threat to festival visitors in any case as far as possible, it was decided to suspend the festival for this day.

With regard to the latest attack on a concert in Manchester, the security concept for Rock am Ring was modified in advance and the number of the operational forces increased significantly to around 1,200.

We take all references and all suspicious moments very seriously and follow them intensively.

After a threat could not be ruled out, all necessary measures were taken immediately.

This led to the event being interrupted today for security reasons.”

Festival Organizers:

“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.”

Rammstein, Five Finger Death Punch, Etc. Added To 2017 Rock am Ring & Rock im Park

More artists have been revealed for the 2017 Rock am Ring/Rock im Park festivals in Germany. These events will take place June 2-4 with Rock im Park being held at Zeppelinfeld, in Nurnberg, and Rock am Ring being held at Flugplatz, in Mendig. Here’s the updated lineup: Die Totenhosen, Rammstein, System Of A Down, Prophets Of Rage, Broilers, Beatsteaks, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marteria, Kraftklub, Beginner, Bastille, Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Annenmaykantereit, In Flames, Wirtz, Genetikk, Airbourne, 187 Strassenbande, Bonez MC & Raf Camora, Rag’N’Bone Man, Thrice, Feine Sahne Fischfilet, Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Henning Wehland, Motionless In White, Beartooth, Suicide Silence, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, and Slaves.

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System Of A Down, In Flames, Prophets Of Rage, Beartooth, Etc. Set For 2017 Rock am Ring & Rock im Park

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2017 Rock am Ring/Rock im Park festivals in Germany. These events will take place June 2-4 with Rock im Park being held at Zeppelinfeld, in Nurnberg, and Rock am Ring being held at Flugplatz, in Mendig. Artists set to perform include: 187 Strassenbande, Airbourne, Annenmaykantereit, Bastille, Beartooth, Beginner, Bonez MC & Rac Camora, Broilers, Die Toten Hosen, Feine Sahne Fischfilet, Henning Wehland, In Flames, Kraftklub, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marteria, Motionless In White, Pierce The Veil, Prophets Of Rage, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Sleeping With Sirens, System Of A Down, Wirtz

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Lightning Strikes At Rock am Ring Festival, Many People Injured

71 people were injured when after lightning struck the Rock am Ring festival in Germany yesterday (June 3). According to Loudwire, 15 of those injured have been hospitalized with serious injuries.

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Festival organizers said the following:

“A severe thunderstorm with lightning strikes has caused multiple injuries at the festival grounds in Mending. Police, firefighters and the Red Cross responded and were able to reach those affected quickly.”

This is the second year in a row with lightening striking last year, resulting in the injuries of at least 33 people.

UPDATE : The June 5 date of the festival has since been cancelled. The organizers posted the following:

“Rock am ring ends on the second day
Dear festival goers,
Rock am ring must be prematurely after the second day will come to an end. Due to the weather warning for the Sunday revoked the municipality mendig spielgenehmigung today for the final festival day on Sunday. In responsibility for the welfare of the fans accept the organisers of this decision. On the first day of the festival day were more than 80 visitors through strikes partly badly hurt and has been admitted in hospitals. Due to the risk we would like to ask you, after the end of the performances the journey home no later than Sunday at noon, 12:00 PM.
We regret the decision, however, you ask for understanding for this emergency, which is due to the storms.”

Black Sabbath, Korn, Volbeat, Bullet For My Valentine, Disturbed, Etc. Set For 2016 Rock am Ring & Rock im Park

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2016 Rock am Ring/Rock im Park festivals in Germany. These events will take place June 3-5 with Rock im Park being held at Zeppelinfeld, in Nurnberg, and Rock am Ring being held at Flugplatz, in Mendig. Artists set to perform include:

Alligatoah, Amon Amarth, Architects, August Burns Red, Beach Slang, Biffy Clyro, Billy Talent, Black Sabbath, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, Deftones, Disturbed, Fettes Brot, Frittenbude, Heaven Shall Burn, Heisskalt, Issues, Johnossi, Korn, Lexy & K-Paul, Major Lazer, Milliarden, Of Mice & Men, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rudimental, SDP, TesseracT, The 1975, The Amity Affliction, Trivium, and Volbeat.

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