February 28, 2017

FRANCE: French Music Festival Was Cancelled At The Last Minute After A 'Credible' Tip-Off That A 'Bloodbath' Was About To Take Place.

The Daily Mail, UK
written by Kelly McLaughlin
February 20, 2017

A music festival in France was cancelled at the last minute this weekend over fears of a terror attack after organisers received a series of phone calls threatening a 'bloodbath'.

The Lignerock Festival, which was scheduled to take place in the Vendée department of Pays-de-la-Loire region in west-central France, was cancelled just minutes before showtime on Saturday night.

It came after a caller told the local police station in an anonymous call: 'There will be a bloodbath in Saint-Christophe-du-Ligneron tonight.'

Festival organisers received two similar phone calls, according to the France Bleu radio station.

Organisers took to Facebook to announce that the show was being called off at 7.25pm, just minutes before doors were supposed to open for the 7.30pm show.

Four hours earlier, they had posted a photo of the band, Les Cameleons, preparing their set for showtime.

'After a terror threat we have had no choice but to cancel the concert tonight,' festival organisers wrote on Saturday. 'We're at a loss for words.'

Four bands were expected to perform at the show at the village's sports hall: Apes O'Clock, Les Bidons De L'An Fer, Les Cameleons and Eugene De Rastignac.

The sports hall was inspected by police officers and bomb-sniffing dogs, but no explosives were found, according to BFM TV.

Saint-Christophe-du-Ligneron Mayor Thierry Richardeau said the content of the phone calls was 'of sufficient concern' to cancel the show.

Festival organisers have announced that they plan to take legal action, and police have opened an investigation into the anonymous phone calls.

French authorities canceled several events last summer after 84 people died in Nice in the Bastille Day truck attack in July.

France has been under a state of emergency since terror attacks across Paris killed 130 people in November 2015. The state of emergency will last until July 15, 2017.

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