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Sweden's largest music festival cancelled over sex attacks


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Sweden's largest music festival cancelled over sex attacks

Sweden’s largest music festival has been cancelled next year after organisers said the level of sexual attacks and other crimes had got out of control.

Around 45,000 people attended the Bråvalla festival this weekend, which featured acts including The Killers, Linkin Park and The Chainsmokers.

Police said they received four reports of rape and 23 accounts of sexual assault.

One woman said a man forced her to have sex with him after changing her mind.

Organisers said next year’s festival would be cancelled as a result commenting: “Certain men … apparently cannot behave. It’s a shame. We have therefore decided to cancel Bråvalla 2018.”

In an official tweet on July 1, they explained the festival of this year would not be affected by their decision but next year’s festival would be cancelled.


The topic of sexual crimes at music events has become a political theme with Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Löfven demanding action as the festival drew to a close on Sunday.

“These are disgusting acts, “ he told a news conference. “We must stop this.”

Löfven also called the perpetrators of the acts “deplorable men” and said his government were talking to police in order to increase surveillance at music events.