Visitors leave the music festival Rock am Ring outside the western town of Nuerburg, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. German authorities have shut down a popular rock music festival because of a possible terrorist threat.
Visitors leave the music festival Rock am Ring outside the western town of Nuerburg, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. German authorities have shut down a popular rock music festival because of a possible terrorist threat. Thomas Frey - Dpa via AP

Music festival evacuated over ‘concrete terrorist threat’

ONE of Germany's biggest rock festivals has been evacuated because of a terrorist threat just over a week from the bombing in Manchester.

About 90,000 concertgoers were told to leave the Rock am Ring music festival at Nuerburg on Friday night after police warned of a "concrete terrorist threat".

Concertgoers streamed out of the venue where they had gathered for the first night of a three-day festival in the West German town.

Organisers asked people to leave the venue to allow police to investigate the threat.

"Because of a terrorist threat situation, the police have asked the organisers of 'Rock am Ring' to interrupt the festival temporarily as a precautionary measure, also so that they can carry out investigations in the event space," the festival tweeted.

"All visitors are requested to leave the festival site in a controlled and quiet manner and make for the exits and camping sites."

Organisers said they hoped the festival would resume on Saturday.

The threat came less than a fortnight after 22 people were killed and another 119 injured after a suicide bomber attacked pop star Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena.

Large numbers of concertgoers sang "You'll Never Walk Alone" as they left the open-air venue.

Visitors leave the music festival Rock am Ring outside the western town of Nuerburg, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. German authorities have shut down a popular rock music festival because of a possible terrorist threat.
Visitors leave the music festival Rock am Ring outside the western town of Nuerburg, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. German authorities have shut down a popular rock music festival because of a possible terrorist threat. Thomas Frey - Dpa via AP

Others initially sat down and tried not to move, according to reports on Twitter.

"Total disappointment. But many are staying here on the Rock an Ring facilities, feeling safer than on the camping area," German music writer Rick Fulker said on Twitter.

Police quickly cordoned off the concert venue that was held on a racetrack while helicopters hovered overhead.

The venue was emptied within an hour, according to reports on Twitter.

The festival was set to be headlined by German metal giants Rammstein, along with fellow hometown heroes Die Toten Hosen and American rockers System of a Down.

Veteran Australian rockers The Living End were set to take to the stage at 10.50pm (6.50am AEST) German time for their set.

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who on Tuesday donated the proceeds from his first-ever solo show in his hometown of Manchester to victims following last week's attack, was also scheduled to perform.

He has already posted on Facebook saying to fans: "Stay safe all my German brothers and sisters, sorry we couldn't play tonight. Safety first. See you soon LGx."

Originally published as Music festival evacuated over terror alarm

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