CHAPTER 5: THE LOVE PARADE: DUSSELDORF 2010 – TONY DUNCAN

‘An event where people wanted to party, dance and have fun, turned into a terrible tragedy.’ – Horst Bien, Duisburg’s Chief Prosecutor, 2014.

The Love Parade was a free-to-attend music festival that originated in Berlin in 1989, where it was held annually until 2003. In 2007, the Love Parade was moved to the Ruhr, approximately 330 miles west of the German capital, and hosted by the city of Essen, attracting a crowd of 500,000. The following year it moved to the Ruhr city of Dortmund where an even larger crowd of around 1.6 million attended. In 2009, the Love Parade was planned to be held in Bochum but was cancelled over safety fears.

In 2010 the event was held in a disused railway freight ...

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