Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rubber Soul 2011

Only one week to go… the countdown has begun! Are you ready to rock out for charity?

The weather is changing, Christmas decorations are already in the stores and soon it’ll be time to bust out the winter clothing of hats, scarfs and festive sweaters. All three can mean only one thing, it’s cooooooooooming!! Yes, the 4th Annual Rubber Soul night is on it’s way!

Organized in conjunction with World AIDS Day, December 3rd sees the Little Travellers hold one of the biggest club nights of the year. Happening across six of the most popular clubs in Hongdae: Hodge Podge, Club FF, Club TA, GoGos2, Freebird and DGBD, Little Travellers aims to once again help you rock the night away.

For those of you who don’t know, a ‘Little Traveller’ is a beautiful beaded doll handcrafted by the women at the Hillcrest AIDS Center who are either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. More than 100 beaders take part in the project -which means that more than 100 families are being supported just by making these dolls. So far, over 50,000 Little Travellers have been sold around the world, and the project has raised over $250,000 to support people battling HIV/AIDS in South Africa. 100% of the money raised through the sale of Little Travellers is used to support people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Last year’s event was a phenomenal success with over 650 people attending the event across four clubs in Hongdae raising a massive 9.4 million won for the charity. This year we’re upping our game with more clubs, a fantastic band line up and an excellent admission price. For 10,000won you get into all 6 clubs all night and your very own Little Traveller beaded doll to take home. Great price, great night!

Come out and rock with us for charity! December 3. 5pm – 6am. Club FF, Club TA, Gogos2, Freebird and DGBD. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updated information and announcements of the band line up!

For volunteer opportunities on the night, please contact

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Here is the final line up with times (a couple of changes made)

RUBBER SOUL 2011 - Band Playing Times

17:00 - Doors Open
17:15 - Wadada Sound System
22:30 - Justin Patrick
23:00 - Tiger Summer
23:30 - Zach Bardon
12:00 - Jennifer Waescher

22:00 - Doors Open
22:15 - Black Bag
23:00 - Pavlov
23:45 - Apollo 18
00:30 - No. 1 Korean
01:10 - DJs Eddie & Dooly

22:00 - Doors Open
22:00 - Romantiqua
22:45 - Googolplex
23:30 - Juck Juck Grunzie
00:15 - Brick Slipper

22:00 - Doors Open
22:00 - Achtung
22:40 - Wagwak
23:20 - Demian the Band
00:00 - Yagamata Tweakster
00:40 - DJs Dance to Guitars & Dad Dance

23:00 - Doors open
23:15 - 13 Steps
00:00 - 49 Morphines
00:45 - Harry Big Button
01:30 - Rock Tigers

22:00 - Doors Open
22:15 - National Pigeon Unity
23:00 - Telepathy
23:45 - Angry Bear
00:30 - Sotto Gamba

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Welcome to Rubber Soul 2010!

Rubber Soul is a chilling, swaying, rocking and foot-stomping international concert series for World AIDS Day. We use all sorts of music as an instrument to bring communities together; to party and have fun. More deeply, we harness the power of collaborating individuals to raise funds for local and global organizations that do great work for HIV. 

We are fully transparent. All organizers, musicians and helping hands are volunteers.  Our fantastically generous venues allow us to keep 100% of the cover charge. Our benevolent sponsors assist with our operating and marketing costs. Once those minimal costs are paid, we donate the rest. No private business or individual takes a cut.


Rubber Soul first began in 2008 at Jane’s Groove, DGBD, Sensation and Club FF in the Hongdae district of South Korea. Expats living in Korea teamed up with local Koreans to promote awareness of HIV and raise money for Little Travellers and Grassroots Uganda.  On the coldest day of the year at -18 on December 5, 2008 over 1000 flocked to see more than a dozen local bands, solo performers and dj’s raising over $11,000 for the two supported organizations.

In 2009 the event was repeated with Jane’s Groove, DGBD and Club FF once again raising over $10,000 for the supported organization Little Travellers. Included in the entertainment were condom mascots and the spirit of over 40 volunteers.

Be sure to check out this video from the 2009 event.



2010 marks the first year we are taking this campaign internationally set to occur in 5 cities across 4 countries: Vancouver (Canada), Rossland (Canada), Madison (USA), Hillcrest (South Africa) and of course Seoul (Korea).

Events will be held around World AIDS Day which occurs annually on December 1st. Check out the dates for SeoulVancouverMadison and Rossland.

Money from the event will be used to support the following organizations.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thoughtful Videos on HIV

Check out some of these awesome videos about people fighting the good fight against HIV!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Number Of HIV Cases In South Korea Increasing, Report Says

Number Of HIV Cases In South Korea Increasing, Report Says

Article Date: 24 Jan 2007 - 10:00 PDT

The number of new HIVcases in South Korea increased by 10.4% in 2006, according to a report released Thursday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Korea Herald reports. According to the report, 751 new cases of HIV were reported in the country in 2006, 689 of which occurred among men and 62 among women. A total of 680 new cases were reported in 2005, according to the Herald(Hae-in, Korean Herald, 1/19). The report also found that 483 new HIV cases were transmitted through unsafe sexual practices -- 273 through heterosexual sex and 210 among men who have sex with men -- and one case was transmitted vertically (Chung-a, Korea Times, 1/19). "Considering that sexual intercourse was the most common form of transmission, it is important to use condoms and other protection," KCDC said, adding, "There is also a need to raise public awareness on the importance of taking voluntary HIV tests." According to the Herald, condom use in the country in 2006 was recorded at 25%
(Korea Herald, 1/19).

KFAP Survey
Many middle school and high school students in Seoul, South Korea, lack sufficient knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS and have negative views concerning the disease, according to a recent survey conducted by the Korea Federation for HIV/AIDS Prevention, the Times reports. According to the survey, 64.9% of middle school and high school students said that HIV could be transmitted through mosquito bites; 59.2% said the virus could be transmitted through kissing; 57.5% said sharing water glasses can result in transmission; 54.7% said HIV can be transmitted through toilet seats; and 53.1% said gay relationships can result in transmission. According to the Times, negative views concerning HIV/AIDS also was prevalent, with 58.6% of students saying that HIV/AIDS is a "disgusting disease"; 52.1% said they would not sit next to an HIV-positive person; 43.2% said they would not eat meals with HIV-positive people; and 45.4% said that people living with HIV/AIDS should take full responsibility for the disease, the Times reports (Korea Times, 1/19).

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sub-Sahara Africa leads global decline in new HIV cases

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are leading a global decline in new HIV infections, the UN has said.

UNAids said 22 countries in the world's worst affected region had seen a drop in new cases of more than 25%.

The fall was because of greater awareness and better use of preventative measures, it said.

But UNAids also noted that cases of HIV were increasing in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and among gay men in developed countries.

Michel Sidibe, UNAids executive director, said the world was making "real progress" towards achieving the sixth Millennium Development Goal (MDG6) of halting and reversing the spread of HIV/Aids by 2015.

"For the first time change is happening at the heart of the epidemic. In places where HIV was stealing away dreams, we now have hope," he said.

UNAids says there are now 5.2 million people worldwide receiving treatment for HIV/Aids, which has helped to ensure that 200,000 fewer people died from the virus in 2008 than in 2004.

The agency said young people "are leading the prevention revolution by choosing to have sex later, having fewer multiple partners and using condoms, resulting in significantly fewer new HIV infections in many countries highly affected by Aids".

The use of male condoms has also doubled in the past five years, while the report notes that "tradition is giving space to pragmatism" in many communities as they embrace male circumcision, which research shows has the potential to reduce HIV infections among men by nearly 60%.

'Challenges remain'
China, where cases are largely concentrated within high-risk groups, was praised for its efforts to increase preventative measures for drug users.

UNAids said South Africa had also rapidly increased "efforts to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support".

But there was a warning that "challenges remain" in the global fight against HIV/Aids, including expanding epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and resurgence in new infections in wealthier nations among men who have sex with men.

The UN also called for greater investment in HIV/Aids prevention, warning that there was a $10bn (£6.4bn) shortfall in 2009.

It said those countries most severely affected by HIV/Aids could not handle the crisis with their own resources alone.

"At this turning point flat-lining or reductions in investments will set-back the Aids response and threaten the world's ability to reach MDG 6," said Mr Sidibe.

"Investing for Aids is a shared responsibility - between development partners and national governments."

Source: BBC