'It's a huge problem' Music festival is cancelled amid rape claims

04 July, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Audience dancing at the Bravalla Festival

Reports of rapes and sexual assaults at the festival in 2016 prompted one musical group, Mumford and Sons, to boycott indefinitely future performances at the event.

The Bravalla festival in Norrkoping, southern Sweden, says the decision was made after a rape was reported Friday.

They also took to Twitter to share the news, and put up a press release on their website, which states, "Words can not describe how incredibly sad we are about this, and we most seriously regret and condemn this". This is not f-ing okay.

In an official statement (roughly translated to English) the music festival stated: "There are no words for how incredibly sad we are over this, and we want to regret and condemn it to the most serious".

"I've had it", Folkert Koopmans - founder and CEO of FKP Scorpio, the German production company that runs Bråvalla - said in a statement.

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The festival, which started in 2013 and boasts over 40,000 people, urged party-goers to "take care of each other, choke hatred and violence and let the music win".

"We don't have any further comments on that. But to say that we use violence as an excuse for not doing it next year is remarkable and cynical speculation", the company said in a press release, cited by Expressen.

This is not the first time the festival, which takes place near Norrköping in eastern Sweden, has been hit with sex abuse allegations.

The manager added that the number of sex-attacks decreased on previous year, when it was reported that men, often described as "foreign", had assaulted up to 40 women at the festival, MailOnline reported.

Last year, police were accused of withholding information about about alleged sexual assaults against women by young immigrants at a Stockholm summer music festival in 2014 and 2015.

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