German rock concert to resume after terrorism alert - organisers

Germany's biggest rock festival will resume after being disrupted by fears of a possible "terrorist threat" which have proved to be unfounded, the organisers said Saturday.

Authorities shut down and cleared thousands of fans from the three-day Rock am Ring festival near Nurburg on Friday evening, its opening night. However, police received concrete information about a terrorist threat, prompting them to order the thousands of fans to leave the venue immediately.

The top security official in western Rhineland-Palatinate, Roger Lewentz, planned a news conference at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) Saturday.

"Due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival", organizers said in a statement.

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"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.

Following the recent attack in Manchester outside a concert, strict security controls were already in place and authorities had put in place 1200 police officers.

Around 86,000 people had been evacuated from the festival, with many due to watch German hard rock giants Rammstein perform on Friday night.

A suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, England on May 22 led to changes in the security planning for the German concert and the number of security officials was increased substantially. Held near the city of Nuerburg, Rock Am Ring annually attracts close to 100,000 music-lovers, and has boosted the festival to high global acclaim. Set up for day two of Rock am Ring has commenced, and the program will resume in the early afternoon.

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On Friday, police suspended the shows and ordered attendees to evacuate the festival's site.

'We have to support the police investigations'.

A festivalgoer holds up a sign for his mother at Rock am Ring. Rock am Ring includes headliners Rammstein, Die Toten Hosen, and System Of A Down along with performers Bastille, Five Finger Death Punch, Liam Gallagher, Rag'n'Bone Man, Sum 41, Machine Gun Kelly, Prophets Of Rage, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Pierce The Veil.

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