Rock Am Ring festival cancelled after 80 people hospitalised during storms

The German festival has been plagued by lightning for a second year running

Germany’s Rock Am Ring festival has been cancelled after more than 80 people were injured during a lightning storm yesterday (June 4).

When the severe storms started up performances were suspended and the organisers advised festival-goers to wait it out in their cars and tents, the BBC reports.

Rock Am Ring was due to go ahead today, but due to continued storms has had to be cancelled. Writing on their Facebook page in German, the organisers said: “On the first day of the festival more than 80 visitors were injured by lightning strikes in part and admitted to hospital. Because of the risky situation, we ask you to go back home by Sunday noon. We regret the decision extraordinarily, however, ask you to understand this urgent situation which is due to the bad weather.”

EUSTORM, a company that maps storm events around Europe, posted the below image of the lightning at Rock Am Ring on their Twitter account:

This year’s Rock Am Ring line-up included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Tenacious D, Deftones, Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon, Korn, Killswitch Engage and many more.

Last year Rock Am Ring faced the same devastating problems when 33 people were hospitalised after lightning strikes, eight of which were among the festival’s production team.

Rock Am Ring, which was founded in 1985, takes place in an airport in the west German town of Mendig.