If you’d already seen the recent date change for Black Deer Festival 2021, then you’d know they’ve moved back a weekend because of the UK government giving very specific ‘end of lockdown’ information, so now it’ll take place at Eridge Park in Kent from 25th – 27th June!
Now, because they’d already had to move an ENTIRE year, with everything else obvious, they’ve also had to re-work the line-up because of even more logical reasons. While, at the moment, we don’t know the full line-up, this first refreshed announcement looks superb – with so many great artists confirmed, including the addition of the mighty Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – and trust me, he puts on one hell of a show. I suspect Black Deer Fest will have to hang on for a bit regarding international artists from certain countries, especially when we don’t even know what the travel restrictions are around the Globe.. but so far, loooook
Set to be the first major festival to restart the live music calendar, the small but dedicated independent artisans behind the much-loved and respected festival have been working hard to reconfirm artists, suppliers and vendors and move forward and plan a full and successful festival this summer compliant with latest Government guidelines. With this in mind, they’ve re-confirmed the line-up which includes legendary Belfast Cowboy Van Morrison, Robert Plant’s latest collaboration Saving Grace with Suzi Dian, Irish roots superstar singer and songwriter Imelda May and emerging UK Americana artist Jade Bird. Co-founders, Gill Tee and Deborah Shilling, had this to say:
“We’re very excited to be able to push our plans, bring together our beloved community for a 2021 edition of Black Deer and deliver one hell of a (safe!) summer party. The UK live music industry has been hit hard and we feel it is so important to support our artists, their teams and the wider festival community at the earliest opportunity. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re doing everything we can to make Black Deer Festival 2021 one to remember!”
Joining an already-acclaimed 2021 line-up is Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Ward Thomas, The London African Gospel Choir interpreting Paul Simon’s Graceland on its 35th anniversary, Talisk, Emily Barker and Lady Nade. Frank, added:
“I am excited beyond words to be getting back into the live saddle again, playing with my band to a real audience – after the year we’ve had, it’s an incredible feeling. It feels good to kick off with an independent festival as well. I can’t wait!”