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Award winning Black Deer Festival announces line up of artists

The award-winning Black Deer Festival reveals the first wave of artists on the  bill for the 2023 edition of the festival, taking place at Eridge Park, Kent on Fri 16 – Sun 18 June 2023. From established and legendary artists to fresh, exciting newcomers, the  line-up is an eclectic and diverse mix of incredible talent from the world of Americana,  Folk, Country and beyond. 

Priding themselves on a true sense of community, one that is accessible to all, Black Deer Festival is on a mission to bring the authentic Americana way of life to the UK. Festival-goers are able to immerse themselves in the music, food and storytelling of a  culture like no other.

The Pretenders

Fri 16 June will see the exhilarating and unique offering of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats performing. As well as Americana pioneers Midlake, GRAMMY Award winning Lucinda Williams, Bonny Light Horseman and more. All the way from Colorado, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats effortlessly weave the sonic  styles of folk, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll into a genre-hopping sound that flourishes even  more in a live setting.

On Sat 17 June, Black Deer will welcome The Pretenders, one of the most enduring acts of the rock era, Bonnie Raitt – fresh from claiming the prestigious ‘Song of the Year’ at the 65th Grammy Awards – as well as The Teskey Brothers to name a few. 

Closing out the festival on Sun 18 June is the tender folk rock duo Bear’s Den, country music icon Steve Earle and other incredible names from Americana and Country. Bear Den’s recent album Blue Hours was the duo’s most personal record to date, and also one of the best-selling Americana releases of 2022. 

An impressive main stage line-up aside, Arkansas Porch Sessions and The Roadhouse return as other popular areas for music, storytelling and food. The Young Folk area will also return with a whole host of fun activities for all the family.

Founders of the Black Deer Festival, Gill Tee and Debs Shilling, add: “We are thrilled  to reveal the first names for Black Deer Festival 2023. Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff,  Lucinda Williams, Allison Russell… it reads like a who’s who of Americana music pas tand present. We can’t wait to welcome our community back into the deer park to enjoy  it all!”


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