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Van Morrison confirmed for Black Deer Festival 2021!

Updated 18th December 2020: After numerous exciting line-up additions, the Black Deer Festival 2021 team have somehow lifted the spirits another level with this amazing headliner confirmed!

Black Deer, the independent Americana and country music festival, reveal the biggest name yet for its 2021 line-up. The legendary Belfast Cowboy Van Morrison tops the list of new artists coming to Kent, adding to an already jam-packed roster of the finest roots musicians. Also joining the bill include exciting names such as pioneering country troubadour Charley Crockett, genre-bending husband and wife soulsters The War and Treaty and introducing the authentic straight-talking country baritone of Arkansas’ Dylan Earl.

With some of the best musicians in the world already announced for Black Deer 2021 – including Wilco, The Waterboys, Saving Grace FT Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, The Dead South and Imelda May – the three-day festival takes place on 18th- 20th June 2021, returning to the historic Eridge Park, Kent.

Full weekend tickets and day tickets are on sale via:

Photo by Dan Bullock

October 2020: We need to hope for the very best in 2021 don’t we? After being cancelled this year, like everything for obvious reasons, we’re still planning for Black Deer Festival 2021 and the BDF team have just confirmed even more artists to their fantastic line-up, for what’s frankly one of the best festivals going!

Whilst already announcing that the likes of Americana pioneers Wilco, new collaboration Saving Grace featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian, UK legends The Waterboys, Canadian bluegrass hipsters The Dead South, Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May, Grammy-nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids and UK troubadour Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and folk rockers The Felice Brothers all reconfirmed to play the festival in 2021, what more could there be, you say, well…. here you go:

The Americana and Country Music festival Black Deer announce some exciting new additions to the 2021 line-up, including Lucinda WilliamsDrive-By Truckers and Colter Wall, and reveal the 2021 day splits.

The stars of the Live Fire BBQ showcase, featuring Sam Evans & Shauna Guinn of Hang Fire Kitchen, BBC Food regular Genevieve Taylor, Ready Steady Cook’s Romy Gill and Countrywoodsmoke’s Marcus Bawdon plus many more have also been announced.

The 3-day festival takes place on 18th-20th June 2021, at Eridge Park, Kent

Full weekend tickets and day tickets are on sale: blackdeerfestival.seetickets.com/BD2021

Black Deer is looking forward to welcoming Americana living legend and three-time Grammy Award winning singer songwriter Lucinda Williams to Eridge Park in 2021, along with Southern roots rocking heroes Drive-By Truckers  and their politically charged alt-country, and Canadian cowboy Colter Wall who is set to provide country fans with his popular brand of western swing and waltzes. They’ll be joined by Midlands-via-Senegal modern soul singing sensation Jordan Mackampa, Philadelphia/L.A. vintage folk rockers Mt. Joy and critically acclaimed two-time Native American Music Award winner Samantha Crain.

The corner of Black Deer that is home to The Roadhouse is where you’ll feel the growl of the Americana counter-culture. Desertscene bring the best of underground psych and blues to the deer park and for 2021 ticketholders can expect more loud and heavy jams thanks to returning primal blues-rock duo The Picturebooks, Swedish rock’n’rollers Siena Root, the dark and hypnotic Indian Queens, the volume splitting riffs of Israeli three piece The Great Machine and psych rock exploration courtesy of Cheshire’s 1968.

Alongside the musical program, Black Deer Festival are once again cooking up a storm in their Live Fire Arena. Promising even more mouth-watering delights than were served up in 2019, Jon Finch and Ben Merrington – founders of Grillstock, the largest authentic BBQ festival outside of the US – are back curating the area, pioneering the Americana barbecue scene in the UK’s festival fields once again.

The Picturebooks – Photo by Louise Roberts

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 and masterclasses that’ll both educate and inspire. For 2021, Live Fire chefs include Caravan’s Group Executive Chef Matt Burgess, former River Cottage chef, author and TV authority Tim Maddams, CountryWoodSmoke’s Marcus Bawdon, Hunter Gatherer Cook’s Nick Weston, founder of DeliVita wood-fired ovens Joe Formisano, Hang Fire Southern Kitchen’s Sam Evans & Shuana Guinn, owner of Bristol Fire School, chef and acclaimed best-selling author Genevieve Taylor, charcoal guru Whittle & Flame’s Matt Williams, chef, food writer and latest Ready Steady Cook star Romy Gill MBE, world class BBQ competition team Bunch Of Swines, Game and Flames’ hunt specialist and chef Cai ap Bryn, and Weber BBQ’s Head Grill Masters Dan Cooper and Gyles Foster.

And there’s even more to celebrate about Black Deer 2021:

Jackson Social – New for 2021, Black Deer will be launching Jackson Social – an adult only members bar. For an additional fee, festival goers can enjoy an outside covered seating area, cocktail bar, lounge seating, all day food options, phone charging, fancy toilets, fire pit, and DJs plus exclusive acoustic performances. There will be limited tickets available.

Thursday Opening – Also new for 2021, Eridge Park is set to offer early entry to ticketholders from 4PM Thursday 17th June for an additional fee, whilst kids are able to go for free. This will offer access to the General Campsite with amenities, food and beverages available.

Committed to giving 1500 tickets to NHS Key Workers – With some members of the Black Deer team having been personally affected by the pandemic and having seen first-hand the incredible work and sacrifices made by so many, they have decided to show their gratitude and thanks by inviting 1,500 NHS and key workers as guests to Black Deer Festival 2021.

Black Deer Mercantile – Black Deer are creating a dedicated shop including Black Deer merchandise and collaborative designs to launch online on the 8th October with new merchandise being dropped throughout the year right through to the festival launch.

The 3-day festival runs 18th-20th June 2021, at Eridge Park in Kent

Full weekend tickets and day tickets are on sale: blackdeerfestival.seetickets.com/BD2021


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