Rotterdam Concert Pulled Following Terror Threat

Los Angeles band Allah-Las were forced to cancel when police discovered a van containing gas bottles near the venue.

August 24, 2017

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An Allah-Las gig in Rotterdam, Holland was canceled at the last minute on Wednesday evening after police were tipped off about a potential terror threat. The L.A. group were due to headline the Maassilo venue before their show was pulled on police orders. Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, said in a press conference that local police were tipped off by Spanish officers investigating the attack in Barcelona last week which killed 15.


Associated Press reports from Aboutaleb's press conference quote the Mayor as saying that police in Rotterdam stopped a van with a Spanish license plates carrying a “number of gas bottles” near the venue. He added that the van’s driver, a 22-year-old man from Spain, had been detained and was being questioned. Police spokesman Roland Ekkers told The Guardian it is “not likely” that the suspect is a terror threat.

Rotterdam police said the threat was serious enough "that after discussion with organizers it was decided to cancel the event”.

Mexican Summer, the Allah-Las’s label, said: “The band is unharmed and are very grateful to the Rotterdam police and other responsible agencies for detecting the potential threat before anyone was hurt.”

The FADER has contacted a spokesperson for Allah-Las for further comment.

Rotterdam Concert Pulled Following Terror Threat