Germany’s Rock am Ring festival canceled due to “possible terrorist threat”

THOMAS FREY/AFP/Getty ImagesGermany’s Rock am Ring music festival, described as one of Europe’s largest, has canceled today’s events due to what police have described as a “concrete evidence” of a “possible terrorist threat.”

Among the artists scheduled to perform: System of a Down, Bastille, Alter Bridge, Five Finger Death Punch, Liam Gallagher, Pierce the Veil and Sum 41.

According to reports, some 80,000 people had traveled to the German city of Nuernburg for the annual event, which was supposed to go until Sunday.

Organizers, in a statement on Facebook, write in part: “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.”

Today was supposed to be the first day of the weekend long festival. Organizers said in that statement they hope the festival can continue tomorrow.

The separate police statement offered no details, but did note that after the Manchester concert attack, the security for Rock am Ring was beefed up to around 1,200 personnel.

Police said they are taking this seriously and an investigation is underway.

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