Mumford & Sons 'Appalled' By Sexual Violence at Sweden's Bravalla Festival

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Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane of Mumford and Sons perform at BJCC on April 10, 2016 in Birmingham, Ala.  

Deeply disturbing news came out of last week’s Bravalla Festival in Sweden -- BBC reports that five incidents of rape and 12 of sexual assault were made at the music fest in Norrkoping, Sweden. Mumford & Sons were among the headliners and they've issued a statement in support of the victims.

Today (July 5), the British band posted the following message to its official Facebook page:

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.

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.

M, W, B & T

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wiz Khalifa, Five Finger Death Punch, Hardwell and the 1975 were among the other big names on the Bravalla lineup. The fest ran from June 29-July 1. 

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Numerous accounts of sexual violence were also reported at Sweden’s Putte I Parken fest, which took place between June 30-July 2. According to the Associated Press, 32 reports of “attacks by boys or young men” against female attendees were registered at the free fest, with the youngest victim just 12 years old. Police have identified seven young men whom they hope to question about the attacks. 

This report comes six months after Swedish police were accused of trying to cover up similar instances of sexual assault at a festival in Stockholm during summer 2015.