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BRAND NEW FESTIVAL – BLACK DEER – TAKING PLACE AT ERIDGE PARK, NEAR TUNBRIDGE WELLS 2018

A CELEBRATION OF AMERICANA & COUNTRY! 

IRON & WINE AND PASSENGER ANNOUNCED AS BLACK DEER’S FIRST HEADLINERS 

LEGENDARY ARTISTS, AUTHENTIC FOOD, SMOKEY WHISKEYS, CUSTOM BIKES AND SO MUCH MORE! 

22nd, 23rd, 24th June – 2018 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FROM £115

www.blackdeerfestival.com/tickets

Bringing you an experience like no other, Black Deer promises you a jam-packed weekend of celebrating all things Americana and Country! Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park, located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, just a mere 50 minutes outside of London.  You can expect an array of authentic Americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytellings from cultural pioneers, not to mention the incredible line-up of your favourite artists across the Americana, blues, roots, authentic country, folk and bluegrass genres.  This family-friendly event encourages people of all ages to completely immerse themselves in all aspects of this culture celebrated by millions on either side of the Atlantic and delivering an authentic, Roots-style line up to the UK.

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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, gaining critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, Guardian and Rolling Stone, you won’t want to miss these new cosier-than-ever tracks live for the first time in the UK from our favourite indie-folk legend.

Award-winning Brighton born, folk singer-songwriter Passenger is the first headliner to be announced for Black Deer. After achieving a number one in seventeen countries, selling over two million records, and reaching an astounding level of 1.7 billion views on Youtube, Michael David Rosenberg is back with full force, making his UK festival exclusive headlining the Sunday of Black Deer!

For nearly two decades Grammy Award winner Jason Isbell has been one of the most unique voices in Americana. From his work with Drive-By Truckers through to his award-winning solo work, he continues to be one of the genre’s most vital talents. He’ll be bringing his band The 400 Unit to the inaugural Black Deer in a UK Festival Exclusive.

Modern country duo and twin sisters Ward Thomas have quickly established themselves as one of the British country music scene’s most successful acts. Championed by BBC Radio 2, their sophomore album ‘Cartwheels’ became the first album by a UK country act to reach the coveted number one slot on the UK Album Chart upon its release last year.

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Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian and NPE’s Ann Powers, Cornwall-based William The Conqueror are a three piece indie-rock group who perfectly chanel classic blues and roots throughout their grunge/indie filter. Their debut album ‘Proud Disturber of the Peace’ was released this summer and was shortlisted for UK Americana Awards for ‘UK Album of the Year’. Elsewhere banjo-pickers Darren Eedens & the Slim Pickin’s bring their distinctive honky tonk sounds to the festival.

Having created the biggest barbecue experience the UK has seen, the pair are experts on all things low ‘n’ slow having opened five American smokehouse restaurants across the UK as well as co-authored an Amazon best-selling barbecue cookbook. Serving up their wholesome smoked meats for a true treat for the tastebuds – you’ll find the very best ribs and brisket – drenched with sweet sauces from homegrown suppliers. From a variety of acclaimed craft beers, to artisan ales, amazing ‘cups of Joe’ and straight from the barrel, smooth as silk aged whiskies – your senses will be transported from the very first bite and sip.

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