In which country is the annual "Rock am Ring" rock music festival held?
"The Rock am Ring" (German for "Rock at the Ring") and "Rock im Park" ("Rock in the Park") festivals are two simultaneous rock music festivals held annually. While "Rock am Ring" takes place at the Nürburgring race track, "Rock im Park" takes place at the Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg.
Sharing nearly identical lineups, the two festivals are usually regarded as one event. All artists perform one day at the Nürburgring and another day in Nürnberg during the three-day event. There have been minor exceptions in the past years where an artist would be announced for one of the festivals only. Combined, "Rock im Park" and "Rock am Ring" are the largest music festivals held in Germany and one of the largest in the world with a combined attendance of over 150,000 people in 2007, selling out both events in advance for the first time.
"Rock am Ring" was originally planned as a one-time festival on the Nürburgring motorsports complex, celebrating the inauguration of a newer, shorter version of the race track in 1985, but due to its commercial success (with 75,000 audience members), it was decided to make the concert an annual event. However, after a dip in attendance for the 1988 event, the festival was put on hiatus for two years. In 1991, the festival returned with a new concept: as well as featuring well-known artists, event organizers present lesser known up-and-coming bands to the public.