COVID-19: Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Wacken Open Air cancelled

This follows event ban extensions from the German government.

Richie Faulkner

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Three prominent German music festivals: Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park and Wacken Open Air have been cancelled due to COVID-19. This follows the event ban extension issued by the German government which states that major events “remain prohibited at least until 31 August 31 2020”.

The cancellations were announced on each of the festivals’ websites yesterday (16 April).

The joint events, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park were scheduled to take place 5-7 June, featuring headliners Volbeat, Green Day and System Of A Down.

In a statement on their website, the organisers expressed disappointment at the cancellation, but “understand the need for this unavoidable measure”. Setting their sights on 2021, they urge concert-goers to save the date for next year’s events, which takes place 11-13 June 2021.

Heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air was set to take place 31 July to 1 August, featuring artists from the likes of Judas Priest, Amon Amarth and Slipknot.

On Wacken Open Air’s website, the organisers issued a statement addressed to “metalheads”, saying: “It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that there will be no Wacken Open Air this year.” They also announce that options for ticket-purchasers of this year’s event are being worked out.

Intensified measures to counter COVID-19 have led to the postponement and cancellation of most major live events. As such, many artists have turned to technology to reach their fans through live streamed concerts, lessons and even augmented reality concert apps.

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