A two-day festival for lovers of Korean music will run in Seoul from Oct. 7-8, with acts playing in support of two local charities.
Fourteen bands will play at the “I Like Many” festival to raise funds for the Korean Unwed Mothers and Families Association and the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR).
The first night features mostly hardcore and punk acts, including Scumraid, Yuppie Killer, the Kitsches, Arryam, Hybrid Drop Bomber, Acid Party and Crawler.
The second has a spectrum of rock and indie music including lo-fi and electronic acts.
Event organizer Ali Safavi said the show was originally planned as a low-key birthday show, but as things built up he decided to turn it into a charity event, giving it the same name as a similar event he held in Daegu several years ago.
The NKHR Rescue Fund works to rescue North Korean refugees in China, where they face the threat of deportation back to North and subsequent punishment, and resettle them in South Korea.
KUMFA works to support unwed mothers and their families, and advocates for their rights and against stigma.
“KUMFA is a charity I have been aware of for a number of years. I wonder if some of my very close (adopted) friends would be in the situation they are in now if there had been an organization like KUMFA providing support 20 or 30 years ago, or if there hadn’t been the stigma against single parents that there is in South Korea.”
The Friday show starts 8 p.m. at Club Sharp in Mangwon, while the Saturday event runs from 6 p.m. at DGBD in Hongdae.
Tickets are 10,000 won for both nights, with all proceeds going to the charities.
More information about the festival is available at the I like Many Festival #2 Facebook page.