After rape and sexual assault claims, Swedish music festival is cancelled in 2018

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Sweden’s biggest music festival is being cancelled in 2018 after one rape and multiple reports of sexual assault at this year’s event.

Bravalla was headlined by System of a Down, Linkin Park, Alesso and The Killers at the weekend.

But police in the Swedish town of Norrkoping say they received 11 reports of sexual assault this year.

Officers say the rape victim was attacked while Swedish group Håkan Hellström performed on Friday night.

Organisers have released a statement announcing that next year’s event won’t be taking place.

There were also numerous sexual abuse claims made during and after last year’s festival with five reports of rape made to police.

Mumford and Sons said they wanted guarantees about women’s safety following their headline slot in 2016.

“We won’t play at this festival again until we’ve had assurances from the police and organisers that they’re doing something to combat what appears to be a disgustingly high rate of reported sexual violence.”

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