The zombie apocalypse is coming to Myrtle Beach for a sixth consecutive year this April and organizers recently announced the full lineup of undead musical acts set to hit the Grand Strand.
This year’s Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk/Carolina Zombie Walk has moved to Barefoot Landing and will take place Sunday, April 28 at 6 p.m. surrounded by a day full of music with more than 40 acts spread across four stages at House of Blues and Dick’s Last Resort.
Taking over the House Of Blues courtyard will be Brian Roessler's acoustic stage featuring a variety of the area's best singer-songwriters from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artists performing will include Quinn Cicala, Mark Bennett, Bill Wright, King's Highway, Candice Marotta, Jamie Lindblade, Jessie Uzzel, Hound Dog Hanson, Fair and Roessler himself.
Out back in The Deck area of House of Blues music will run from 11:30 a.m. to midnight with a selection of mostly rock and metal groups — and a little Hip-Hop thrown in for good measure.
The lineup will feature 11 groups in all including Falkreath (Rock), Lost In The Middle (Alernative Rock), They Sold The Sun (Rock/Metal), Thirst For Clarity (Metal), Death Of Paris (Alt. Rock), South Chillz (Hip Hop), PaperWork (Alt Rock), The Body Bags (Horror/Punk), Conception Of Being (Power Metal), Rabble N Rebellion (Metal) and headliners Darling Waste (Alternative).
At nearby Dick's Last Resort there will be a pair of stages set up for the event, with the inside stage hosting music from noon to 10:30 p.m. and the outdoor stage's entertainment running from 11:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Performances wil include sets from Casual Friday, The Pen Is Envy, Blu Avenue, Marytre, Only On Weekends, Josh Haskins, Stay Tuned, Chasing Charleston, The Dissents, The Insides Out, We The Broken, Predice Hendricks, Alias For Now, Old News, What Lies Within, Foes Of The Fallen, Soupervillain, Bamboo Forest and Treephort.
In an effort to keep the tunes moving throughout the day sets will be roughly 30 mins. each with an additional half an hour between bands for set up and breakdown. Set times are staggered so that attendees should be able to hear live music somewhere around Barefoot at all times during the day.
In addition to the music, Sunday’s event will also feature kids activities, vendors, costume contests, magicians, actors' appearances and a video game truck provided by Game Truck Myrtle Beach from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There is a $5 donation to participate in the walk which includes professional zombie makeup done by the Zombie Walk Response Team and all proceeds benefit Project Lighthouse and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Thanks to the popularity of the walk over the past few years, the event has now become a weekend-long celebration of everything undead with a pair of pre-party events set to be hosted April 26-27.
The fun will kick off with the MBZW Pre-Party on Friday featuring a screening of the classic film "Night of the Living Dead" at 6:45 p.m. and performances by Casual Friday (Alt.), The Kregs (Punk), Harrastronauts (Acid House), The Ghost Of You, Lions For Lambs (Metal), The Death In Me (Metal) to follow.
On Saturday, the horror/circus-themed party known as Carnival Of The Dead II will take place with music beginning at 3:30 p.m. and running until 1 a.m. across two stages.
The inside stage will feature the likes of Jamie Lindblade (Acoustic), Chasing Charleston (Alt. Rock), Casual Friday (Alt Rock), Some Machine (Rock), False Flag (Punk/Hard Rock), Send The Signal (Hard Rock), The Graveyard Blvd (Horror/Punk), Rictus Grim (Spookcore/ Horror rock), Darling Waste (Alternative), Ten Ft. Grave (Metal) and Peredy (industrial Metal).
The outside stage will be an all-Metal affair with hosted by Splatter Magazine and Mofo Metal Booking and music beginning at 5 p.m. The lineup includes Falkreath, Severed Faith, NothingAD, As Oceans, Coffin Syrup, Tripping The Mechanism and Killing The Catalyst.
Both parties will take place at The Sound Hole, 1004 Chester St., which served as the headquarters of last year's zombie walk and has become the site of many of the walk's lead-up events throughout the year.