‘It will take place until all men have learned how to behave’

A ‘man-free’ music festival will take place next summer in Sweden due to recent rapes and sexual assaults at events.

It was announced earlier this week after the Swedish festival Bråvalla was cancelled for 2018 after reports of four rapes and 23 sexual assaults on-site this weekend.

Organisers said “Certain men … apparently cannot behave, It’s a shame. We have therefore decided to cancel Bråvalla 2018.”

Emma Knyckare, a Swedish comedian, announced she’ll be organising a festival for women only next year.

“What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome?” she tweeted, adding that it would take place “until all men learn how to behave”.

Speaking to Aftonbladet she said, “Since it seems to be OK to discriminate against women all the time, maybe it’s OK to shut out men for three days? I would not exactly call it an abuse not to come to the festival.”

At last years event five rapes and 12 sexual assaults were reported. Mumford and Sons condemned the festival and called it “hideous.”

“We’re appalled to hear what happened at the Bravalla Festival last weekend,” the band said. “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. 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.”

Swedish singer Zara Larsson tweeted “Damn you people who shamelessly rape a girl in public. Damn you guys who make a girl feel unsafe when they go to a festival. I hate guys. Hate hate hate.”

She also tweeted “How am I supposed to take it seriously when you say ‘not all men’, ‘I’m a nice guy, I don’t rape’? Where does all the ‘nice guys’ go when girls are raped? Are you too busy telling women how nice you are?”