Bravalla: Mumford & Sons, Zara Larsson condemn sexual assaults at Swedish music festivals
Some of the biggest names in international music aren’t happy with the organizers of Sweden’s Bravalla music festival after five rapes and 12 sexual assaults were reported over the course of the recent event.
British folk rockers Mumford & Sons, who headlined Bravalla’s three-day run alongside Rammstein, Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis between June 29 and July 1, condemned the sexual misconduct on Tuesday morning, posting a response to the reports on social media.
“We’re appalled to hear what happened at the Bravalla Festival last weekend. Festivals are a celebration of music and people, a place to let go and feel safe doing so. We’re gutted by these hideous reports,” the band wrote on their Facebook page. “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.”
According to U.K. publication The Telegraph, a further 35 sexual assaults, including one allegedly against a 12-year old girl, were reported out of Putte i Parken, a free music festival that took place between June 30 and July 2 in the Swedish city of Karlstad.
Over the weekend, Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson also slammed the culture that allowed the sexual assaults to happen. “F— you who shamelessly raped a girl in the audience. You deserve to burn in hell,” the 18-year old “Never Forget You” performer originally tweeted in Swedish.
“F— you for making girls feel insecure when they go to a festival. I hate guys. Hate hate hate. How am I supposed to take it seriously when you say ‘not all men’, ‘I’m a nice guy, I don’t rape’? Where do all the ‘nice guys’ go when girls are raped? Are you too busy telling women how nice you are?” she continued. “It’s not f—g hard to be generalized. It’s hard to feel unsure about a festival where you will have fun and enjoy. BUT YOU CAN’T, BECAUSE OF MEN. UGH.”