Festivals are something to look forward to every year. Good music, generally pretty good weather, and (slightly overpriced) ice cold bevvies. For some, these wonderful days/weekends/weeks can end pretty horrifically, with the number of sexual offences taking place at festivals creeping up. This is a global problem, and it's Sweden that are stepping up to try and create change.
It was recently announced that Bråvalla, Sweden's biggest festival, wouldn't be taking place next year as a result of the disturbing number of reports of sexual offences. This year alone, four rapes and 23 sexual assaults were reported across the four-day music festival (literally a rape a day), and there are likely many that have gone unreported to authorities.
When the news broke, Swedish comedian and radio host Emma Knyckare tweeted: “What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome, that we'll run until ALL men have learned how to behave themselves?”
The idea received a tonne of support and it wasn't long before Knyckare announced on her Instagram: “Sweden's first man-free rock festival will see the light next summer.”
“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.”
With so many already excited for next summer to come around, it's destined to be a sell-out. We love the idea of creating such incredible events for women with the focus primarily being their safety, and hoping festival organisers will begin to see a positive change.