Swedish festival cancels 2018 edition due to numerous sexual assaults – Dancing Astronaut
After an alarmingly high number reported sexual assaults, festival organizers have taken the unfortunate yet necessary decision to cancel the 2018 edition Bråvalla, Sweden’s largest music festival.
The four-day event took place this year from June 28 – July 1, with police being notified 23 sexual assaults and 4 rapes over the span the festival. Not just an issue for this year’s event, 2016 carried 5 reported rapes from this festival. A rising concern for the festival, ticket sales have declined over the past year from 52,000 in 2016 to 45,000 in 2017.
When speaking on the process leading to their ultimate decision, the festival organizers spoke out to the Guardian saying:
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