National Edge Day
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|National Edge Day|
Edge Fest (former)
|Observed by||Straight edge people|
|Observances||Hardcore dancing, hardcore music, moshing|
|Related to||Straight edge, hardcore punk, youth movement|
Edge Day is an unofficial holiday founded by people who live straight edge lifestyles. The occasion has been celebrated annually on October 17 since 1999. The inaugural event, originally called Edge Fest, was held in Boston, Massachusetts. It is most prominent in Boston, but annual events are now held in U.S. states such as Georgia and California, and globally in cities such as Gothenburg and London.
The first annual National Edge Day was celebrated on October 17, 1999, at the final Ten Yard Fight show at the Karma nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts. The show also featured the bands Bane, In My Eyes, Reach the Sky, and Floorpunch. This show marked the end of the 1990s "youth crew" revival, but arguably started a new chapter in straight edge society by creating an observable holiday in the community.
Since the inaugural event, a local Boston show has been organized annually to celebrate Edge Day. Central to the holiday is the organization of local live shows, performed mainly by hardcore bands who also identify as straight edge. If the 17th day of October does not fall on a weekend, the Edge Day show usually falls on the Saturday before or after October 17.
National Edge Day was celebrated in Gothenburg, Sweden.
A National Edge Day celebration was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Performing bands included Mindset, Foundation, and Break Away.
The first UK Edge Day since 2004 was held in London.
The second annual UK Edge Day show was held in London at the Brixton Jamm Bar.
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