Black Deer Festival Celebrating Americana and Country

21st – 23rd June 2019 – ERIDGE PARK, KENT
www.blackdeerfestival.com

TICKET INFORMATION
Tier 3 tickets on sale now and are available HERE
Adult weekend ticket prices from £145 – subject to booking fees.

MUSIC!

Black Deer offers festival-goers who have a passion for Americana the very best sounds in Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Roots and Blues from around the world. This summer’s artist line-up promises to show all attendees what Americana and Country truly is, where it came from and where it’s heading, providing the ultimate live soundtrack to accompany their visit. Set to stand out is globally revered, Grammy-nominated, Seattle group Band Of Horses. Playing tracks from their 5 critically acclaimed studio albums, they rock, but never forget to roll, and will play an unmissable headline performance as the sun goes down on the deer park. Ahead of their headline performances, festivals goers can expect to see the likes of Australian roots rockers John Butler Trio, Watford harmonising sister trio The Staves, and legendary Hollywood hero and country music icon Kris Kristofferson performing with The Strangers. ‘Dance The Night Away’ stars The Mavericks, and the iconic punk-charged storyteller Billy Bragg will undoubtedly provide unforgettable performances. Also sure to deliver a captivating musical experience include fast-rising UK country star Yola, the bluesy and psychedelic The Marcus King Band and the revered Nashville based Larkin Poe. Oscar-winning troubadour Ryan Bingham, critically-acclaimed alt-country new blood Ferris & Sylvester, London Folk-Americana group The Wandering Hearts and the Grammy Award-winning Fantastic Negrito will also be performing across the weekend amongst a jam-packed schedule of other Roots inspired artists. Additionally, there will be the first opportunity to see Jessie Buckley – the phenomenal lead in the latest British drama-country-musical film Wild Rose, adding an exciting new element to an already outstanding line up at Black Deer.

The SupaJam Stage

Black Deer is extremely proud to partner with SupaJam – an amazing organisation who help educate vulnerable and disadvantaged young adults on all things music – for yet another year. After establishing the Black Deer Scholarship, the festival continues to support SupaJam giving their deserving students the skills, qualifications and confidence they need, to successfully enter and progress in the music industry. Through the partnership, Black Deer provide students with an educational experience like no other by giving them their very own stage to manage – The SupaJam Stage. The students of SupaJam will be responsible for all aspects of the stage from set design, curating and managing the talent, to the exciting activities on offer. The SupaJam Stage will feature daily performances from some of the best emerging and established Americana music acts out there as well as welcoming Bob Harris OBE’s Under The Apple Tree Sessions.

Roadhouse Stage by Desertscene

The Roadhouse Stage proved to be an amazingly popular part of Black Deer in 2018, so much so it’s excitingly been re-imagined for 2019. The authority on all things low, slow and heavy, London-based promotion company Desertscene will be curating an extremely special stage, plus bar, that showcases the most exciting, diverse and downright fun acts from their world.

UNDER THE APPLE TREE!

In addition to the awe-inspiring musical artists set to appear across the June weekender, Black Deer Festival is proud to announce the return of the Under The Apple Tree sessions as founded and continually curated by BBC Radio 2 and The Old Grey Whistle Test’s “Whispering” Bob Harris OBE. Springing from Bob’s very own Apple Tree studio in a rural Oxfordshire orchard, the sessions will come to life on Black Deer’s SupaJam Stage where musical minds are set to perform and discuss their heartfelt musical influences. Kicking off proceedings on Friday 21st June, Bob Harris will host the weekend’s first highly-anticipated session featuring Ethan Johns, John Smith, Irish Mythen, and Ferris & Sylvester. For the remainder of the weekend, Bob’s right-hand-man Marc West will step up to the SupaJam stage to host an interactive meeting between Ryan Bingham, Chance McCoy and Roseanne Reid on Saturday. Marc will then round-off the festival with a closing assembly with Billy Bragg, Larkin Poe, Worry Dolls and Paul Cauthen.

SMOKIN’ DEEP SOUTH DELIGHTS!

Alongside a wholehearted musical program, Black Deer Festival will yet again be cooking up a storm in their Live Fire Arena. Promising even more mouth-watering delights than were served up last year, Jon Finch and Ben Merrington – founders of Grillstock, the largest authentic BBQ festival outside of the US – are back, pioneering the Americana barbecue scene in the UK’s festival fields once again. Set to transport Black Deer attendees to America’s deep south, Live Fire will see the very best chefs, pitmasters, butchers and woodsmen appear in their own fiery performance of cooking demonstrations that’ll both educate and inspire. As well as demos, Live Fire is set to host blazing BBQ cookout competitions where the best pit teams will go head-to-head in a series of fast-paced challenges exercising their meat expertise as well as testing their know-how in new vegan and fish rounds. This year, Black Deer Festival’s Live Fire Chefs include US BBQ pitmaster and TV personality Ray ‘Dr BBQ’ Lampe, Temper owner Neil Rankin, NZ BBQ export Matt Burgess, foraging and game butchery guru Nick Weston, Co-Chair of The Guild of Food Writers Genevieve Taylor, food writer and stylist Gill Meller, award-winning beer & food journalist Melissa Cole, Matt Williams, Countrywoodsmoke’s Marcus Bawdon and SMOKESTAK founder David Carter.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tier 3 tickets on sale now and are available HERE
Adult weekend ticket prices from £145 – subject to booking fees.

AMERICANA CULTURE!

More than just a music festival, Black Deer Festival is a complete appreciation of the rich cultural heritage attached to Americana – all the raw passion and grit of the movement is here. This year, Black Deer have joined forces with director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson, The Neon Demon) to bring a unique cinematic experience to Eridge Park. The byNWR Expressway is set to show a specially-curated trilogy of unearthed gems for the first time in a new form. Showing Forty Acre Feud as a world exclusive, all three films including Wild Guitar and Cottonpickin’ Chickenpickers all hark back to a time of the American drive-in cinema at its peak, and have been beautifully and meticulously restored to serve as a visual reimagining of early Americana, adding to the immersion at Black Deer. Set to open for business over the June extravaganza, the will return for another year. The home to thoughtfully-crafted and ethically made artisan wares which strike the perfect balance between functionality and design. With traders soon to be revealed, get saving for ornate rustic items such as authentic leather, denim, homewares, handmade knives, original printed art, vintage clothing, handcrafted surfboards and much more.

FAMILY FUN!

It’s not only the Americana superstars that take centre stage, the little ones can explore Black Deer’s endless opportunities in the Young Folk area where expression through music, craft or simply interacting with the great outdoors is encouraged and rewarded. Welcoming the non-profit

Woodland Tribe, the non-profit adventure play organisation will get creative kids involved in constructive building during the day as well as providing kids with the coolest hang-out onsite. Simply, what they stand for, is what the Young Folk area at Black Deer is all about – letting children be creative with natural materials, and importantly to play freely however they choose.

Weekend workshops in Young Folk include arts and crafts, and singalong guitar lessons, and dreamer children can embrace the Americana experience with face painting and dressing up tents. As well as this dedicated area, Black Deer Festival will see the addition of the Outpost. Children can meet the likes of JC and his crew of cowboys, try their hand at lasso practice, horseshoe pitching, campfire singalongs.

Check out Bluesdoodles thoughts on acts we have covered… Kris KristoffersonThe Marcus King BandThe SheepdogsJustin Townes Earle Fantastic Negrito Martin HarleyMa Polaine’s Great Decline.

Black Deer Festival Celebrating Americana and Country
TICKET INFORMATION
Tier 3 tickets on sale now and are available HERE
Adult weekend ticket prices from £145 – subject to booking fees.

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