Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

Second wave of artists announced for Black Deer Festival

After the blistering first announcement for the UK’s newest favourite Americana & Country festival, Black Deer Festival are proud to reveal yet another wave of stunning acts.

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Joining Iron & Wine, Passenger, Ward Thomas and double Grammy and AMA UK award winner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit in a UK festival exclusive, we can announce the additions of Kiefer Sutherland, Ashley Campbell, Sam Palladio, The Webb Sisters and Bob Harris’ Emerging Artist winners Wandering Hearts to the phenomenal line-up.

Set over three days in the stunning natural outdoor location of Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells and just a mere 50 minutes outside of London, the Black Deer Festival is set to bring Americana and Country music and the way of life to the UK. Authentic good times coupled with a family friendly vibe aim to make this new festival one not to be missed.

It’s safe to say the line-up has been meeting industry wide approval and with the newly announced acts added to the bill, visitors are guaranteed to be treated to a genuine display of Americana and Country music set over 5 stages, exquisite smokehouse cooking and Southern hospitality, as well as a curated marketplace of artisans and makers, custom motorcycle culture and outdoor adventures for the kids and families to be spirited away for a very enjoyable long weekend.

Appealing to an eclectic mix of people of all ages, Black Deer is not only a music lover’s festival but also a place where people can come to meet, make new acquaintances and immerse themselves in a variety of counter cultures that are inclusive, not exclusive. It’s about bringing people together, being part of a community, sharing stories and leave feeling like something really special has just happened.

We are also proud to announce the support of AMA UK – more details to follow.

With country royalty in her blood, Ashley Campbell continues her legendary father’s country singing legacy. The talented keyboardist and harmony vocalist will bring a mixture of contemporary Americana, rootsy folk and country pop to the Black Deer stage. She said of her recently released album; The Lonely One, which she co-wrote with her brother, how it “ explores different types of being alone, which I don’t necessarily see as a bad thing, more of a sign of independence”.

Ashley embraces the melodic similarities between her and her father but still distinguishes herself as a talented frontwoman in her own right. Golden Globe award winner and two-time award winner Kiefer Sutherland ’s journey in the music industry started after a collaboration with a friend ended in the release of his 2016 album Down In A Hole. The album tracks come from his personal experiences and are said to be “ the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary”.

He’s made impressive moves in his acting career so it will be no surprise to see him excel on the music stage. Encompassing all things country, Cornish born Sam Palladio of award winning musical drama, Nashville fame joins the Black Deer line-up. Loved for his Nashville role as Gunnar Scott and for last year’s hit duet with Una Healy; ‘Stay My Love’, Sam is set to bring his romantic ballads packed with emotion to Kent this summer.

For nearly two decades Wade Bowen continues to make himself known on the international stage. Born and raised in Waco, Texas, Bowen started his career in the band West 84. He once toyed with the idea of leaving the music industry altogether, instead he decided to step out on his own, self-releasing his 2002 debut album Try Not To Listen.

Hailed as the next Chris Stapleton, the New York Times have described his effortless songwriting style as graceful, lauding his ability to bring “feeling from his small vocal gestures”. His new album Solid Ground, released earlier this year, features fellow Texans Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall – as he approaches his 20th anniversary as a musician, Black Deer can’t wait to welcome him to the festival this June.



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