Monday 26 September 2016

German heavy metal festival bans bags amid security fears

Published 02/08/2016 | 14:21

Wacken Open Air festival-goers wait at the train station with their luggage to be transported to the festival grounds in Itzehoe, northern Germany (Axel Heimken/dpa via AP)
Wacken Open Air festival-goers wait at the train station with their luggage to be transported to the festival grounds in Itzehoe, northern Germany (Axel Heimken/dpa via AP)

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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