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The festival site was evacuated over a terror threat

A popular open-air rock festival in Germany will resume on Saturday after being disrupted by fears of a possible "terrorist threat" which have proved to be unfounded, the organizers said.

Music fans at Rock am Ring were last night told to leave the main festival arena "in a controlled and orderly fashion".

"Police from the nearby city of Koblenz said they had received information about a 'concrete threat, '" the Independent reports.

"The police gave the go-ahead" for the festival to restart they said.

"After a series of intensive searches across the sites the fears of an imminent danger were not confirmed", the organisers said. The names on the backstage passes did not match the suspects' names.

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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.

"Rock am Ring 2017 will go on!" a statement on Rock am Ring's Facebook page reads. Set up for day 2 of Rock am Ring has commenced and the program is going to be resumed in the early afternoon.

Around 86,000 people had been evacuated from the festival, with many due to watch German hard rock giants Rammstein perform on Friday night. Three people were arrested Friday night and their apartments were searched; all were released early Saturday, though they remain under investigation. "Since a threat could not be ruled out, all necessary measures were taken immediately". The incredibly disciplined fans deserve all our respect and gratitude. The local police department stated that it had increased security surrounding the festival prior to the terrorist threat in light of the Manchester suicide bombing.

Organizers estimated 175,000 people attended the festival held near the Nurburgring race track, which is considered one of Germany's largest and was scheduled to run from Friday through Sunday.

Last year, the festival was canceled on its third and final day after at least 80 people were injured by lightning as thunderstorms rolled through the area.

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