First Tickets for Sweden’s ‘Man-Free’ Festival to go on Sale

Tickets for what has grabbed global headlines as Sweden’s first ‘man-free’ music festival, organized in response to reports of sexual assaults at concerts, will go on sale in less than two weeks.

Emma Knyckare’s idea for the festival started with a simple tweet she posted in July after the Bråvalla festival in Norrköping cancelled its 2018 event after reports of a number of sexual offences.

“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?” she wrote at the time.

Following an autumn of news articles and a frenzied social media debate about the rights or wrongs of such a festival, the date and venue for the ‘Statement Festival’ have now been revealed.

It will take place from August 31st to September 1st at Bananpiren in west coast city Gothenburg, which is also used by one of Sweden’s most popular festivals, Way Out West. All proceeds will go to the festival, to pay performers and crew for their work.

The date-and-venue announcement comes on November 19th, International Men’s Day, which is not altogether a coincident, Knyckare told The Local: “We thought it was an appropriate day to talk about it – a reminder of the issues women still face from men.”


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