The JoinLIFE organization doesn’t just raise HIV/AIDs awareness, they also set up events such as concerts to fund research for treatment of these diseases. So, it is definitely money well spent. In addition, last summer some big players in the music industry, including a few Luna Sea members, Hideki of Siam Shade, and Shin Suzuki of Black Dream made an appearance! There are still some big names in this year’s schedule so you may want attend yourself.
JoinLIFE has combined fundraising for HIV/AIDs treatment with the love of music and visual kei. Just earlier this month, a small event was held in Birth Shinjuku, inlcuding W.A.R.P, THE HAKKIN, SPEED iD, among others. What exactly is planned? Put simply, a lot will be going down. You’re probably more interested in the two day benefit concerts this November, but there are also the Akiba Entertainment Imperial Palace Race and the Tokyo Tower Stairs Race. So, plug in those headphones to listen to your favorite visual kei artists, and join the race!
Okay, okay, so you’re dying to know who’s in the lineup for the benefit concert, right? Check it out!
Saturday, November 1st
Ryuichi Kawamura (Luna Sea)
Ishizuki Tsutomu (FANATIC◇CRISIS)
Kozi solo ver : E//+Z
RAZZ MA TAZZ
THE SOUND BEE HD
CANDY GO! GO!
Sunday, November 2nd
SUGIZO (Luna Sea)
Suzuki Shin (ex Kuroyume, VINYL)
tezya and the sightz
Excited yet? Tickets are ￥5,000 in advance, or ￥5,500 the day of. There are no drink tickets, so you’ll have to buy your drinks on your own. You can catch both of these shows at Shinjuku ReNY. It will open at 12:00, and start at 13:00 on both days.
If you’re interested in getting even more involved, don’t forget the marathons. The Akiba Entertainment Marathon (5k/10k) will take place around the Imperial Palace on November 23rd. The Tokyo Tower Stairs Race takes place the next day on November 24th up the 600 steps of the tower. Just thinking about the running and all those stairs may make your head spin, but remember it’s for a good cause. Take some time to support others. Treatments and cures are the ultimate goals, but awareness and support are also key! HIV and AIDs can affect anyone: family, friends, co-workers, etc. Those affected need to know they are not alone, and that there is still hope for a treatment. Let’s work towards that goal while listening to some visual kei!