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Monday 18 June 2018

Black Deer Festival: A Celebration Of Americana & Country On The East Sussex & Kent Border

Black Deer Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, Britain's oldest deer park, located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, and you can expect an array of authentic americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytellings from cultural pioneers, not to mention a line-up of artists across the Americana, blues, roots, authentic country, folk and bluegrass genres.  

This family-friendly event encourages people of all ages to completely immerse themselves in all aspects of this culture celebrated by millions on either side of the Atlantic and delivering an authentic, Roots-style line up to the UK.

Romantic, Americana-tinged songwriter Sam Beam - better known as Iron & Wine - will be headlining the Saturday of Black Deer. 

Fifteen years after his first album Iron & Wine has returned with Beast Epic, gaining critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, Guardian and Rolling Stone. 

This will be the first UK live outing for the tracks from a man considered indie-folk legend. 


Award winning Brighton born, folk singer-songwriter Passenger is the first headliner to be announced for Black Deer. 

After achieving a number one in seventeen countries, selling over two million records, and reaching an astounding level of 1.7 billion views on Youtube, Michael David Rosenberg is back with full force, making his UK festival exclusive headlining the Sunday of Black Deer.

For nearly two decades Grammy Award winner Jason Isbell has been one of the most unique voices in Americana. 

From his work with Drive-By Truckers through to his award winning solo work, he continues to be one of the genre's most vital talents. He'll be bringing his band The 400 Unit to the inaugural Black Deer in a UK Festival Exclusive.

Modern country duo and twin sisters Ward Thomas have quickly established themselves as one of the British country music scene's most successful acts. 

Championed by BBC Radio 2, their sophomore album Cartwheels became the first album by a UK country act to reach the coveted number one slot on the UK Album Chart upon its release last year. 


Ward Thomas said: "It is so encouraging to see more country festivals pop up in the UK, and we have a feeling this is going to be a special one. We've recently been working on new material which makes it even more exciting"

Long-standing blues sensation Eric Bibb promises to deliver a fiery and soulful rendition of the anthemic songs which have soundtracked his five-decade spanning career and hailed as 'the new face of folk rock', 

John Moreland will be bringing his expressive whiskey-tinged literary ballads to the Festival. 

The above and many more join the many creatives showcasing their artisan wares, and cultural pioneers sharing their stories. 

Try your hand at a range of Americana-inspired experiences, from whiskey tasting and wood-chopping, to leather-craft and denim-customising. 

Younger folk can fill their boots with outdoor adventures, cinema, Ukulele lessons and there's even the opportunity to perform on a stage dedicated specifically for created for for budding juniors.

Black Deer Festival at Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells, from 22nd to 24th June 2018. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley



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