Terror warning shuts German rock festival on opening night

Organizers of the Rock am Ring festival said in statement that police had warned of a bomb threat against the event and cleared out the festival to perform a security sweep.

The three-day "Rock am Ring" event, held at an arena near the southern city of Nuremberg, is scheduled to run until Sunday.

In a separate statement, local police said that "investigations are now under way" regarding "concrete indications, which can not exclude a possible terrorist threat".

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Der Spiegel magazine said that all those attending were asked to leave the concert and head to nearby camping grounds "in a controlled and orderly fashion".

More than 75,000 fans were evacuated from the grounds at Nuernburgring after the festival organisers were informed of the threat by police.

Police said they had changed their security plans in the light of the Manchester attack and had increased their forces to 1,200 officers. Police and concert organizers in Nuerburg, Germany worked in close coordination to suspend the festival that drew in tens of thousands of fans.

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One of the biggest music festivals in Germany has been shut down after a "concrete" terror threat.

The festival had returned to the Nuerburgring this year after two years at the nearby Mendig airbase, which were marred by lightning strikes on festival-goers.

Veteran Australian rockers The Living End were set to take to the stage just before 11pm German time for their set.

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He hoped the festival could resume on Saturday.

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