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Swedish music festival cancels 2018 event after sexual assault reports

A large music festival in Sweden that has seen performances by artists such as Kanye West, Robbie Williams and Iron Maiden has called off next year's event after several reports of sexual abuse.

Organizers of Bravalla festival in Norrkoping, Sweden say decision was made after a rape was reported Friday

The audience dances during Bravalla festival in Norrkoping, Sweden July 1. The festival has called off its 2018 event after several reports of sexual abuse. (Pontus Lundahl/The Associated Press)

A large music festival in Sweden that has seen performances by artists such as Kanye West, Robbie Williams and Iron Maiden has called off next year's event after several reports of sexual assault.

The Bravalla festival in Norrkoping, southern Sweden, says the decision was made after a rape was reported Friday. Swedish police say they so far have 11 cases of sexual assault in addition to the rape at the festival, held June 28 to July 1.

The music festival said Saturday in a statement it had attempted to prevent abuse but "some men — because we are talking about men — apparently can't behave. It's a shame."

The festival, which started in 2013 and draws about 40,000, urged people to "take care of each other, choke hatred and violence and let the music win."

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