On a mission to bring the real Americana & Country music, and way of life, to the UK, Black Deer is a unique music festival experience. Its founders are no strangers to the festival and events scene, having worked with some of the world’s most-loved artists, including Neil Young, The Eagles and Bob Dylan.
Coming to Eridge Park in Kent, on Fri 22 – Sun 24 June, Black Deer drops you into a musical melting pot. There, you’ll hear sounds that pull from the worlds of Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Roots and the Blues. With the music of the latter evoking the soul found in the churches and fields of the once segregated American South. It features some of the scene’s greatest players, like Sarah Darling, Jess And The Bandits, Robert Vincent, Lead, Iron & Wine, Passenger, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Kiefer Sutherland, Ashley Campbell, Ward Thomas and loads more.
As wells as music, food is key part of American culture. Jon Finch and Ben Merrington, the founders of Grillstock – the largest most authentic BBQ festival outside the US, are bringing almost a decade’s worth of experience and expertise on all things slow n’ low, to Black Deer, with ‘Live Fire’.
At the heart of the Live Fire Arena is the beautiful timber-framed ‘Travelling Barn’, this is where you’ll discover the demo stage as well as plenty of seating and a well-stocked bar. As the sun starts to set, the stage makes a transition from demo stage to music stage with live blues, slide guitars and DJ sets – to soundtrack an evening of kicking back by the fire-pits and sharing stories with friends.
Expect expert demonstrations on foraging, butchery and knife making from master craftsmen, through to the very best authentic low ‘n’ slow American BBQ and live-fire cooking from industry leading chefs.
Running alongside the demo stage will be the inaugural Black Deer Cookout Competition. Hosted by US barbecue expert Dr.BBQ, this will be an action-packed, fast-paced, fire and smoke-filled BBQ cooking competition, taking place across the whole weekend. Jump on over to read more about it all, here.
Black Deer offers the best of a bygone rural era, made relevant, right now. With wholesome food & drink, artisan wares and custom-built motorcycles, just some of the things – in addition to the music – paying homage to the cultural heritage of America.
A compelling blend of passion, experience and love has shaped a festival vision unrelenting in its quest for staying true – true to the communities, cultures, storytellers and memories that make up this most authentic of worlds.
Black Deer festival comes to Eridge Park in Kent, on Fri 22 – Sun 24 June 2018.