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Carolina Country Music Fest adds kick-off concert featuring Sam Hunt

jblackmon@thesunnews.com

The organizers of Carolina Country Music Fest are adding a fourth day to the lineup of performances on the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion property.

Sam Hunt will serve as the headliner for what’s been billed as a kick-off concert June 4.

“It is intended to be a kick-off event and be more accessible and affordable to locals,” Downtown Redevelopment Corp. Executive Director David Sebok said.

Single tickets to the kick-off event are $39, with Myrtle Beach residents being eligible for a discounted rate of $19 per ticket with identification proving their address, according to a press release from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Locals can purchase their tickets at Carolina Country Bar, which has been set up by event organizers in advance of the event, located at 300 Ninth Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

Tickets for June 5-7 are $189 for general admission, $299 for main stage VIP tickets, and $999 for super VIP tickets. Single-day tickets are not being sold to the concerts being held June 5-7. Visit www.carolinacountrymusicfest.com for more information.

Current ticket holders for the three-day festival and those who purchase their tickets by April 25 receive free admission to the kick-off concert.

Sebok said if this year’s event goes well, the organizers hope to expand the festival to be a week-long event next year.

Myrtle Beach City Council on Tuesday approved adding the extra day to the festival.

Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. June 4 and go until 10 p.m., City Manager John Pedersen said.

Acts already lined up to perform at the festival include Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, Colt Ford, Big & Rich, Kellie Pickler, Corey Smith, Hunter Hayes, Georgia Satellites, Brooke Eden, Rodney Atkins, David Nail, Cole Swindell, Rainey Qualley and the Davisson Brothers Band. The festival is expected to feature 35 national, regional and local acts.

About 15,000 people a day are expected to attend the three-day festival. Estimates for the fourth day have not been released.

There will be no road closures June 4, but Ocean Boulevard, Eighth and Ninth avenues North will be closed June 5-7 for the festival. Myrtle Beach police are finalizing a traffic pattern that will be put in place during the music festival. Details are expected to be released next week.

The city also will allow the temporary use of parking lots of local businesses and churches near the Pavilion site, located between Eighth and Ninth avenues North and Kings Highway and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade.

Those wishing to allow parking on their property can choose to allow the parking for free or charge for parking. They are allowed to put up temporary signs letting people know that parking is available.

Those businesses near the Pavilion property that don’t wish to allow concert parking are asked to contact the city at 918-2332. The city will provide “No Event Parking” signs to post on the property.

Myrtle Beach City Council in February approved a motion to co-sponsor the event as well as offer in-kind services during the festival.

With the additional day, the city will now appropriate $61,119 from the undesignated balance of the general fund for festival costs to the city. Those costs will include staffing expenses for police, emergency management services, parks and solid waste, city spokesman Mark Kruea said.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or on Twitter @TSN_mprabhu.

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