The Zhoosh! Brighton Blog
On the 3rd of November, 2007 Brighton saw the first outbreak of the living dead (40 zombies in total) stumble and stagger through the streets of Brighton as part of the Beach of the Dead. Since then, this annual event has grown in popularity with more and more of the un-dead making their pilgrimage to the seaside.
Beach of the Dead IV even had a brilliant flash mob where the zombies became uncharacteristically animated as they danced in sequence to well chosen mash up of Michael Jackson’s, Thriller, with Madonna’s Vogue under that fantastic backdrop of Brighton Pier’s ghost train, before lurching of to the Stein and finally Concorde 2 for an after death party.
Last year’s event saw the population of the un-dead reach a whopping 4000. Among the hordes of rotting flesh, were decaying Marilyn Monroe’s, Elvis’ from different decades, from the hip and slim, to the burger bloated. Other sites included dead ‘Where Wally’s’, clowns (scary enough when a live, but quite terrifying to see them straight from the grave) and even a deceased Princess Diana.
This year’s event promises to be bigger than ever; starting at 3pm at the paddling pool, next to the rather appropriate rotting West Pier. From there, zombies will sway, moan and gurgle their way through the town centre, Lanes and seafront, before finally making their way to the Concorde 2, (from 4pm – 9pm) for an 80’s Zombie Prom.
Entry is £3. With music entertainment provided by: Brian (braaiiinnns) Whellams, of flying white dots, Greg Sick of Stay Sick (no puns needed with that one!) Simon (Vincent) Price of Stay Beautiful/Spellbound and Guy (Lurch) Lloyd from local radio station, Juice FM.
This free day out is a lot of fun, but nearly didn’t happen due to rising (un-dead) numbers, and the councils demand for more stewards, rising insurance and medical support. To keep this event going please dig into your crust covered pockets and donate to help cover the cost.
Finally, a big thank you to organiser Kate Amer, for providing Brighton with another unique and memorable event.