In what seems like a couple of years of surrealism in terms of time, it’s incredibly exciting to announce the first artists that have just been confirmed today for Black Deer Festival 2022, that runs 17 – 19 June, 2022!
Obviously cancelled in 2020, the hard-working team was literally just a few weeks away from putting on the first festival of 2021 but unfortunately restrictions were slightly delayed, for all the understandable reasons, but now we get to look ahead to the future and focus on this wonderful line-up that definitely echoes what could have happened some 2 years ago, as well as all-new surprises – and I can’t waaait!
The Black Deer Festival team have revealed their first artists for 2022 include the Belfast Cowboy Van Morrison, Wilco’s only UK show of 2022 and legends The Waterboys – with many more announcements still to come. Other big names include Grammy award-winning Americana icon Lucinda Williams, roots heroes Drive-By Truckers, Irish superstar songwriter Foy Vance and returning festival favourites The Dead South.
The festival love to showcase music of an independent spirit across multiple stages, exquisite live-fire cooking, layers of custom motorcycle culture and a curated marketplace of artisans and makers, the award-winning Black Deer is a family destination festival with a community ethos – and I promise you, it’s such a feel-good vibe, see my reviews for 2018 and 2019 here!
Also joining the 2022 line-up are The Milk Carton Kids, The Felice Brothers, The London African Gospel Choir interpreting Paul Simon’s Graceland, The Secret Sisters, Irish Mythen, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, John Smith, Talisk, Emily Barker, Caroline Spence, and Amy Montgomery – with many more artists still to be confirmed.
Alongside a stellar musical program, the festival is excited to be welcoming back a highly anticipated line-up of Live Fire chefs who will be cooking up a storm in the Live Fire Arena thanks to the skills of Grillstock founders Jon Finch and Ben Merrington.
Chefs announced include CountryWoodSmoke’s Marcus Bawdon, Hunter Gatherer Cook’s Nick Weston, Hang Fire Southern Kitchen’s Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn, and chef and acclaimed best-selling author Genevieve Taylor with many more yet to be announced.
In 2021 Black Deer Festival was proud to be gifting 1500 tickets to NHS and key workers as a gesture of gratitude and thanks for the incredible work and sacrifice made by so many during the pandemic, with many of the Black Deer team having been personally impacted by their care. The initiative will roll over to 2022 with a commitment to welcome 1500 NHS and key workers as guests to the festival.
“As lovers of Americana and roots music we’re thrilled to be playing Black Deer Festival and looking forward to making some magic in the country with you.” – Mike Scott, The Waterboys
“We are so thrilled to be heading back to the UK and to be bringing the rock show to the Black Deer Festival! See you all very soon!” – Drive-By Truckers
“I have heard nothing but praise about the Black Deer Festival and if it lives up to its reputation, it’ll be a blinder.” – Foy Vance