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Thursday 29 September 2016

Germany heavy metal music festival bans bags and rucksacks amid security fears

Published 02/08/2016 | 14:51

Organizers say rucksacks and heavy bags are banned from the main festival grounds due to security. (Axel Heimken/dpa via AP, file)
Organizers say rucksacks and heavy bags are banned from the main festival grounds due to security. (Axel Heimken/dpa via AP, file)

A heavy metal music festival in Germany has banned rucksacks and bags from the main grounds this year for security reasons, organisers said.

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Wacken Open Air festival spokeswoman Anna Lorenz said that checking rucksacks would slow security checks too much.

Safety concerns have increased at public events across Germany since a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a music festival in Ansbach last month, injuring 15 people.

Festival-goers will be able to take in waist packs, and larger bags are still allowed at camping sites nearby.

The August 4-6 festival, held in a small village north west of Hamburg, is expected to draw 75,000 people this year.

The 120-plus acts include Iron Maiden, Saxon and Blind Guardian.

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