Silence In And Out Of Court

The verbal and legal battles that threatened to flare up again when German promoter Marek Lieberberg was granted a temporary injunction preventing DEAG chief Peter Schwenkow from saying certain things about his festival have cooled again, as both side appear to have reached an at least temporary truce. 

At the beginning of the month, Lieberberg went to the Regional Court of Cologne and stopped Schwenkow from suggesting that his newly sited Rock Am Ring festival still needed to get the requisite licenses and permits from the local authority in Mendig.

Lieberberg’s latest legal action appeared to be a response to an interview that Schwenkow gave to major regional paper Rhein-Zeitung in the middle of September.

DEAG, which has taken over Rock Am Ring’s old site on the Nürburgring motor racing track with its new Green Hell festival, at first said it would appeal the injunction but it now seems that wasn’t necessary.

“We’ve negotiated a little peace and settled our little differences,” Schwenkow told Pollstar, without elaborating.

He said the battle between Rock Am Ring and Green Hell was “a huge competition” between his and Lieberberg’s companies, but both have agreed to stop publicly commenting on it. Lieberberg wasn’t available for comment at press time.

The festivals, which are about 30 miles apart, were to take place over the same June 5-7 weekend, but Green Hell has since moved to May 29-31 because of the expected traffic problems 170,000 traveling fans would cause.