Rock am Ring – Rock am Ring 2018
It may not look like it, but the festival suffered from a decline in visitors this year. Promoters made bad weather and and terrorism scares of the past years responsible.
Twin festivals Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, two of Germany’s most famous live events, have sold some 150,000 tickets in total. Two months prior to the 2019 editions, June 7-9, last year’s ticket sales have already been surpassed.
Update: The events are promoted by Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur (MLK), which is part of Eventim Live, in cooperation with Live Nation.
Just over 140,000 fans had bought a ticket for both events in 2018, 71,400 for Rock Am Ring and 70,000 for Rock Im Park, compared to some 90,000 and 80,000, respectively, in 2017.
German media had speculated that a lack of major headliners had caused a decline in visitors.
However, seeing that the 2018 editions were headlined by Foo Fighters, Gorillaz, Muse and Thirty Seconds To Mars, another explanation seems more likely: for three years in a row, between 2015 and 2017, Rock am Ring in particular was disrupted either by tempests or (false) terrorist threats.
Last year’s edition was the first in years to go smoothly, and Andre Lieberberg, president of Live Nation Germany, Austria and Switzerland, told Pollstar at the time that both festivals were characterised by “pure joy on all ends.”
This may have led to a renewed confidence in the events among ticket buyers, which is why more than 150,000 tickets have already been sold for this year.
Live Nation GSA declined Pollstar’s request to outline how many tickets were sold for each festival.
The lineup for both Rock am Ring and Rock im Park 2019 includes Die Ärzte, Slipknot, Tool, Slayer, Marteria & Casper, The Smashing Pumpkins, Tenacious D, Bring Me The Horizon, The BossHoss, The 1975, Die Antwoord, Bonez MC & RAF Camora, Dropkick Murphys, Slash feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Bastille, Alligatoah, SDP, Sabaton, Kontra K, Architects, Foals, Feine Sahne Fischfilet, Alice In Chains, Amon Amarth, Seiler und Speer, Alle Farben, Halestorm, Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Arch Enemy, Trivium, Cage The Elephant, Hot Water Music, Eagles Of Death Metal, and more.
This article originally only listed Live Nation as promoter, which was corrected after publishing.