Two of Sweden’s biggest music festivals have been hit by over 40 cases of rape and sexual assault over the weekend.
There were five reports of rape and 12 of sexual assault at Bravalla, while there were 35 incidents of sexual assault at free festival Putte I Parken.
Bravalla in Norkopping starred Mumford and Sons, Biffy Clyro, Rammstein, Bastille, The 1975, Wiz Khalifa, Tinie Tempah and Editors. Local police said: “The description of perpetrators are diverse, with the one common denominator being that these are all young men.”
Zara Larsson, who played at Bravalla, said: “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.”
Putte I Parken was a free festival in Karlstad featuring The Quireboys, Dolores Haze and Bob Hund. Seven men are being sought in connection with groping females aged 12 to 20 at the festival.
Country singer Pernilla Andersson, who played at Putte I Parken, said: “For an artist to go on stage thinking there might be a girl out there being molested or raped during the concert is totally crazy. The police must fight hard to find whoever did this.”