December 15 marks a very important day in history for the Buffalo hardcore band Every Time I Die. After hosting their fifteenth year of Christmas shows, the City of Buffalo proclaimed December 15, Every Time I Die Day. The Proclamation was signed by Delaware District Council Member Joel P. Feroleto and was shown off towards the end of Every Time I Die’s second annual ‘Tid The Season.
The Proclamation was signed due to the recognition of their musical achievements and for the continued advocacy the band gives Buffalo.
After selling out multiple Christmas shows in 2016, the band decided to turn their event into a festival. 2017 marked the first Tid The Season event hosted at Riverworks.
Just like all of their hometown shows, every single Every Time I Die Christmas show, including the past two years of Tid The Season has sold out months in advance.
This year’s event opened up to ticket holders at Riverworks ar 1 PM. Instead of doing music all day, there were about two hours of wrestling featuring, ETID’s own, Andy Williams, Butcher and the Blade, Jimmy Havoc, and Saraya Knight.
Fans from all over the world flew into Buffalo for this legendary 12-hour event, filling Buffalo Riverworks with over 3,500 people, making this Every Time I Die’s biggest headlining show.
Sharing the stage with them were Turnstile, Angel Du$t, The Menzingers, Vein, Knocked Loose, The Bouncing Souls, and another legendary Buffalo punk band, Snapcase.
Tid The Season has a lot more to offer than just music and wrestling. There were free ice skating and curling that took place all day, a bucking reindeer (a Christmas version of the mechanical bull), opportunities to get photos with Santa, and a free photo booth. To make this event even more special, the band had their own special “Buffalo 666” beer distributed by Barrier Brewing Company.
Those who were able to get their hands on it were lucky, the venue had run out before the second band had performed.
Although the all-day event was running a little behind, that didn’t stop insanity from ensuing during Every Time I Die’s 90-minute set.
Being at an Every Time I Die hometown show is a magical moment. There are people who I have met who are not into hardcore music but still attend for the experience.
Before the night had ended, Tid The Season 3 was already announced and will be a two-day event instead of one.
It wouldn’t be the holidays in Buffalo without Every Time I Die.
Review/Photo By: Bethany Clancy