Swedish music festival cancels 2018 event after rape reported

Swedish music festival cancels next year's event amid rape reports

According to ABC News, the rape occurred during a performance by Swedish artiste Hakan Hellstrom on Friday.

The Bravalla Festival in Norrkoping, Sweden, canceled the 2018 planned version of the event after 11 reports of sexual above towards women and one reported rape.

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".

But the popular festival will not return in 2018 due to concerns over several cases of sexual assault, the organizing company FKP Scorpio said in a press release on Saturday.

The organisers added that though they had done "everything in our power" to create a safe festival experience, "some men - because we are talking about men - apparently can't behave". "This is not f-ing okay".

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Based in Germany, FKP Scorpio describes itself as the largest festival organizer in Europe. "It's not okay. We do not accept it at our festival". The Local Sweden noted that the company has grappled with financial troubles.

The spate of sexual violence alarmed musicians, music lovers and others worldwide. The Bravalla Festival, which was attended by over 40,000 people in southern Sweden this year, has hosted big stars, including Kanye West, Robbie Williams and Iron Maiden, in the past. He said "these are disgusting acts".

The incidents have led to the canning of next year's edition.

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