Norwich charity concert aims to help persecuted punks in Indonesia

As the Beastie Boys once so famously sang; 'you've got to fight, for your right, to party'.

That message has never felt so relevant for people in Indonesia at the moment, where punk rockers have been imprisoned for holding a charity punk concert.

The cause of the Asian rockers has struck a chime with Emma Keevil, of The Avenues, Norwich, who has now decided to try and help her fellow punks.

The 29-year-old, who sings with local band Hotwired, read about a group of music lovers in Indonesia's northern-most province of Aceh who found themselves the victims of local Sharia bylaws. The youngsters were arrested in December last year after organising a punk music charity concert to raise money for orphans.

Now Emma, who works as a caretaker at Avenue Junior School, is raising funds to support the Indonesian punks by holding a two-day festival in Norwich.


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On Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, a music and family fun festival is being held at the King Edward VII pub, in Aylsham Road,

Emma said: 'I ended up making friends with these people in Indonesia and have sort of become famous in Indonesia with their punks.

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'They've called me 'mum' and I've been invited to weddings and things out there because they say I've given them hope. They are the most caring, wonderful people who have not got much, but anything they have got they will share with you.'

On Friday night the festival kicks off with sets from Dirty Rotten Cash, The Marksmen and The Devil Wrays.

Then on Saturday there will be an inside stage and outside stage and marquee featuring lots more bands, with family fun such as a bouncy castle, barbecue, fire breathers and a raffle all included.

Emma added: 'I think it is important to raise awareness of this, whether you are a punk or not, because everyone should be able to express themselves.

'Whoever or whatever you are, you should be able to be who you want to be.'

Tickets will be available on the door and will cost �4 on the Friday and �7.50 on the Saturday, or �10 for a weekend pass.

Emma has already raised �1,000 ahead of the festival, for more further about her cause and the two-day festival, go to http://punkisnotacrimefest.wordpress.com

- Are you raising funds for a cause you are passionate about? Contact Local Life editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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