First names announced for Multi-award winning Black Deer Festival’s 2019 return.

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Black Deer announces first names for 2019

Multi-award winning Americana and Country festival Black Deer have announced a plethora of names that will play next years edition. Including the first headliner, Band Of Horses.

After a tremendous debut year earlier this summer, in which Black Deer wowed Americana and Country fans as well as industry professionals alike on it’s way to winning Best New Festival at the Association of Independent Festival Awards and ‘Event Organiser Of The Year’ at National Outdoor Events Association. The festival has now announced the first selection of acts who will be joining them on its return to Eridge Park in Kent next year.

Spearheading the announcement is the festivals first headliner, the globally revered Band Of Horses. The South Carolina-based band have released 5 studio albums and are responsible for many of the last decade’s much-loved singles, including ‘The Funeral’, ‘Marry Song’, ‘Detlef Schrempf’ and ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’.  Formed and led by the irrepressibly charismatic frontman Ben Bridwell, Band Of Horses are a rough and ready, boisterous, live proposition who garner true adoration from their legion of fans and I’m sure this will be an unmissable headline slot.

The group are joined by a plethora of critically acclaimed and adored artists. Following their show at the Hammersmith Apollo last month Australian rock heroes John Butler Trio will return to the UK for a rare appearance at Black Deer, the multi platinum selling artists are known for their stirring and emotional live shows.

Northumberland's hotly tipped newcomer, Jade Bird also makes a welcome addition to next years festivities. Already tipped for big things from the likes of Rolling Stone magazine, not to mention she’s already had a stunning Jools Holland appearance to her name as well as performing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon over in the US. Her mixture of folk and punk is one not to be missed and her set is bound to be one of those ‘I was there’ moments looked back on in years to come.

These are only just a few of the fantastic first names announced for the festival, they’ll be joined by Atlanta born sisters Larkin Poe with their riff heavy blues-rock and southern harmonies. Bluegrass and hillbilly folk Canadian group The Dead South, the Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy winning American Roots poster boy Ryan Bingham is also set to perform.

Chance McCoy, Fantastic Negrito, Hayseed Dixie, John Smith, Martin Harley, Watermelon Slim, Gordie Mackeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Worry Dolls, Irish Mythen, William Crighton and Morganway round off the rest of the first announcement. With plenty more acts and headliners to be announced in due course.

But wait… It’s not all just about the music, praised for it’s warm and friendly atmosphere last year, a few returning favourites features have already been announced. After last year’s hugely successful collaboration with the founders of Grillstock, Live Fire returns to Black Deer Festival in style with their mouth watering array of country culinary delights in tow. Bigger than before, Live Fire is set to be a soul food lovers’ heaven, as festival goers can watch the BBQ world’s best chefs, pitmasters, butchers and woodsmen work their magic, spreading the gospel of American BBQ. With a Smokehouse Cooking Cookout Competition, Food Demos, Gospel Brunch, Renowned Chefs in tow,  Vegetarian & Vegan Campfires and Craft Beer, there really is something for everyone’s tastes.

The Roadhouse stage will also welcome the best custom bike builders in the world down to Eridge Park, and the mighty Desertscene will be taking the music reins with a loud dose of low and slow desert rock and heavy blues to shake up the dust. Master makers using selvedge denim, leather and other authentic materials will feature at the Black Deer Mercantile, alongside campfires, a kids and teens area that allows younger ones the chance to learn new skills, explore and engage with nature and be creative. With music lessons also on hand, Black Deer is an experience like no other.

Black Deer 2019 will take place June 21st - 23rd at Eridge Park in Kent

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

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