Mumford And Sons To Boycott Swedish Festival Following Rape And Sexual Assault Reports

5 July 2016, 16:30 | Updated: 5 July 2016, 17:18

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The band want "assurances" after a high rate of sexual violence was reported at Bravalla Festival, which they headlined last weekend.

Mumford And Sons have spoken out about the reported allegations of rape and sexual assault at Sweden's Bravalla festival, vowing never to play it again until "assurances" have been made. 

The indie-folk rockers headlined the festival in Norkopping this weekend, but were later "appalled" to find out about acts of sexual violence that were reported.

Taking to their official Facebook Page, the I Will Wait band wrote: "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."

They added: "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."

See their Facebook post below: 

According to NME, Police spokesman Thomas Agnevik accepted security should be tightened, saying: “I can understand the criticism. As long as these serious crimes are happening, of course not enough has been done.”

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