After a two-year Corona break, the Ring has been rocking again since Friday. The police and rescue workers also drew a positive balance on the second day: everything has been peaceful so far.
Despite the 90,000 fans at the cult festival, the emergency services drew a positive interim balance on the second day. “So far everything is very calm and completely normal,” said Thorsten Trütgen, spokesman for the German Red Cross, on Saturday afternoon. After years of forced Corona break, the visitors have apparently become more careful not to risk anything in the three-day spectacle with around 70 bands on three stages. At the open-air event, not a single fan with suspected corona had come to the Red Cross by Saturday afternoon.
The police also draws a satisfied interim balance
Blisters in uncomfortable shoes, accidental hammer hits on fingers when setting up the tent and twisted feet in rabbit holes – there weren’t many other problems for the time being. Lars Brummer from the Koblenz Police Headquarters said something similar on the second day of the festival: “The people are in a good mood, but they don’t do us much work.”
On the second day, the British band Muse and the German-US American rapper Casper will be playing at the Nürburgring. It all started on Saturday afternoon in the sunshine on the main stage with Irish alternative rock band Kodaline.
Festival kick-off on Friday: Sun and the Toten Hosen
Booming basses, sunshine and hardly any masks: A huge crowd cheered the German alternative rock band Donots as the first group on the main stage. Their frontman Ingo demands “that the whole damn place jumps” and tens of thousands of fans jump on the asphalt. And when the Toten Hosen came on stage as a surprise band, the fans sang along at the top of their lungs.
Successful start at Rock am Ring
The Rock am Ring organizers speak of a record number of visitors – 90,000 weekend tickets have been sold. Day tickets are still available for last-minute visitors. Around 70 bands play on three stages at the Nürburgring. At the same time, the twin festival Rock im Park will take place in Nuremberg with largely the same musicians. Headliners are Green Day, Muse and Volbeat.
As on Friday, the first bands will start at around 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is music until about 1 a.m. at night.
The event industry is also happy about a new start
Not only music fans, but also organizers and stage technicians are happy that such a big festival can take place again after the Corona forced break. “We’re looking forward to it starting again. We’ll have a lot of fun, experience a great range of artists – that gives hope,” says Jens Michow, President of the Federal Association of the Concert and Event Industry.
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From sun to heavy rain: Changeable weather forecast
Of course, fans and organizers alike are hoping for good weather this weekend. For Rhineland-Palatinate with the Nürburgring, however, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicted mixed weather. Sun, clouds, heavy rain, thunderstorms – everything is possible. There could be heavy rain, especially on Sunday.
That’s why most of the fans have prepared for a wide range of weather conditions – for rain as well as for summer temperatures.
Fans have been arriving since Tuesday
The journey to the festival started on Tuesday. According to the organizers, the gates to the campsite were opened at midnight. On Wednesday and Thursday several thousand fans flocked to the squares to settle in and celebrate. While long columns of vehicles formed on the B412 on Wednesday, the roads around the Nürburgring remained largely free on Thursday. And on Friday, a police spokesman spoke of normal, intensive arrival traffic.
Documentary series “Back to life”: A new episode every day from Saturday
In a three-part documentary series, SWR tells stories from the festival grounds, backstage and also from the places around the Nürburgring. To be seen from Pentecost Saturday, June 4th, in three episodes in the ARD media library.
Finally festival feeling again! Exclusively on site – “behind the scenes”: Up close to bands, stars, fans and the people who keep the festival running and often reach their limits. The three-part SWR documentary runs exclusively in the media library.
Criticism of the low proportion of women in the line-up
In the run-up to the festival, there was also criticism because only a few women were announced on the stages. Comedian Carolin Kebekus wants to protest against the low proportion of women at numerous rock spectacles with an all-female festival on Whit Monday in Cologne – just one day after “Rock am Ring”. According to the organizers, all proceeds from this festival should be donated to the organizers at the Nürburgring. “With the money they can hopefully afford a little more diverse participation for ‘Rock am Ring’ 2023,” it continues.
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