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A Swedish music festival marred by sexual assaults is being replaced by a female-only alternative


Bråvalla Festival, Sweden's biggest music festival, will be replaced next year by a women-only alternative after reports of rapes and sexual assaults at this year's event, reports The Telegraph.

This year, the festival was headlined by The Killers, Skepta, and The Chainsmokers. Over the course of the four-day event, 23 sexual assaults and four rapes were reported, and in 2016, five rapes and 12 sexual assaults were reported. The reports last year led headliners Mumford & Sons and Zara Larsson to condemn the event and to vow not to return.

After the remainder of this year's festival was canceled, the committee responsible for its organization released a statement that said that "certain men apparently cannot behave." This led Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare to make an interesting proposition on social media.

Don't read Swedish? Knyckare suggested a festival for non-men.

"What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome," Knyckare tweeted, "that we'll run until ALL men have learned how to behave themselves?"

Festival authorities took to Knyckare's idea and reached out to the comedian, confirming to her that the idea was indeed going to take form.

"Sweden's first man-free rock festival will see the light next summer," Knyckare wrote on Instagram. "In the coming days I'll bring together a solid group of talented organisers and project leaders to form the festival organisers, then you'll hear from everyone again when it's time to move forward."

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