Published On: Thu, Feb 15th, 2018

Black Deer Festival is coming to the UK!

There’s a new Americana and Country festival coming to the UK, and organisers promise it will be “an experience like no other”.

Black Deer

Black Deer is a jam-packed weekend of all-things Americana and country, taking place in the surroundings of Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park. Located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, it’s just 50 minutes outside of London.

The all-important dates are: 22-24 June 2018.

The Black Deer line-up is already impressive. Americana UK’s International Artist of the Year Jason Isbell is making a UK-festival exclusive appearance at Black Deer. The Grammy Award winner and his band The 400 Unit will be playing songs from his acclaimed current album The Nashville Sound, as well as tracks from his hugely impressive back catalogue.

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, and will be playing tracks from the album live for the first time in the UK.

Brighton-born, folk singer-songwriter Passenger makes his first festival headline appearance at Black Deer, on the Sunday. After achieving a No.1 in 17 countries and reaching an astounding level of 1.7 billion Youtube views, Michael David Rosenberg – Passenger – will be plain tracks from current hit album The Boy Who Cried Wolf and much more.

Live at Black Deer 2018: (clockwise from top) Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Iron & Wine, Passenger and Ward Thomas

The eclectic bill also includes Ward Thomas, Eric Bibb, rising retro rockers The Americans, John Moreland, CC Smugglers, former Howling Bells star Juanita Stein, William The Conqueror and more so far. More acts will be announced soon.

It’s not just about the music. The family-friendly event encourages people of all ages to completely immerse themselves in all aspects of the culture – you can 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, and even Ukulele lessons. Bolt Motorcyles are there, too, for all you aspiring steel-horse cowboys. Expect some good eats, too, with plenty of smokehouse barbeque guaranteed.

Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas say: “We are really excited… 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.”

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