Black Deer Festival is set to return to the beautiful Eridge Park in Kent, after it’s astounding debut last year. The three day celebration of country music and Americana culture boasts over 70 acts across three stages, including artists from all over the world, and is taking place 21st – 23rd June.
Founded by Gill Tee and business partner Deborah Shilling, the festival is a shining representation of their love for Americana and its way of doing things. The culture is dripping from every corner of the festival, from the food and music, to the numerous activities and experiences available at the event. Black Deer is a “celebration of a way of life. A way of life rooted in, and respectful of, the rich cultural heritage of America – a movement that’s become know as ‘Americana’.”
Confirmed as the first headliners for 2019 are globally revered group, Band Of Horses. Coming all the way from South Carolina, the five piece have released five studio albums to date. Formed and fronted by the endlessly charismatic Ben Bridwell, Band of Horses have released a flow of beloved singles over the last decade, including ‘The Funeral’, ‘Marry Song’ and ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’. Bringing lively performances, Band of Horses have a mass of adoring fans across the world; this headline slot is going to be one to watch.
Also coming from across the pond are Australian group the John Butler Trio. Having been together for two decades, the trio will be bringing their own brand of alternative rock and bluegrass to Black Deer Festival. Over the years they have sold multi platinum albums and won awards, whilst bringing a sense of emotion and intimacy to all of their live shows.
Having won an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe, Ryan Bingham is certainly accomplished. He will be bringing his American Roots music from New Mexico to Black Deer in 2019. Also joining the line up are Haydseed Dixie, who are set to delight punters with bluegrass covers of classic rock songs from the like of AC/DC, Motorhead, KISS and Black Sabbath.
The line up is brimming with country talents and gems, such as multi-instrumentalist duo Worry Dolls, 17-time-Blues-Music-Award-nominee Watermelon Slim, hillbilly folk Canadians The Dead South, Nashville based riff-heavy sister duo Larkin Poe, and many, many more. Alt-country duo, Ferris & Sylvester, have stated that they “are thrilled to be included in the Black Deer line up this year. Black Deer champions up and coming folk/blues artists every year and it feels amazing to have been invited to play. We cannot wait to be involved and get our teeth stuck into this year’s festival season!”
Having had an amazingly successful inaugural outing in 2018, the Black Deer Festival collected numerous awards and nominations, including Association Of Independent Festivals’ ‘New Festival on the Block’ and National Outdoor Events Association’s ‘Event Organiser of the Year’ awards. The festival aims to provide an authentic, enjoyable Americana experience, with music, food and unique experiences galore.
Tickets are available here: https://blackdeerfestival.com/tickets/