German Rock Festival Reopened After Terror Warning
Some 80,000 people were evacuated from the Rock am Ring festival on Friday after a police warning, but the fest restarted as normal on Saturday.
And once again: It is time to rock.
Germany's Rock am Ring festival got back underway on Saturday after getting the all-clear from police regarding a suspected terrorist threat. The police warning led organizers to shut down the festival — which features acts including Rammstein, System of a Down, Liam Gallagher, Prophets of Rage and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — on Friday. Some 80,000 people were safely evacuated from the festival grounds at the Nurburgring race track in Nurburg, West Germany.
But on Saturday morning, festival organizers said Rock am Ring 2017 would 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," the organizers posted on their website. "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."
Organizers said police had warned of a bomb threat against the event and cleared out the festival to perform a security sweep. According to organizers, police and many festival attendees posting on social media, the evacuation was quick, well-organized and peaceful.
Music festivals across Europe are on high alert less than two weeks after a suicide bomber struck an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 individuals and injuring over 100 more. A benefit concert featuring Grande, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and others is set to take place this Sunday.
Rock am Ring is owned by Live Nation and was created by German promoter Marek Lieberberg, whose company, MLK, was purchased by Live Nation in August 2015.