Nashville TN and London, England May 10, 2018  -- Already boasting a remarkable lineup featuring the very best Americana & Country acts from around the world, Black Deer Festival is delighted to reveal that Catherine McGrath, Wallis Bird, Colin Macleod, Josh OKeefe, Jeannine Barry, Keywest, Marc O’Reilly, Dan Clews, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Cattle & Cane, Carousel and more will join the likes of headliners Iron & Wine and Passenger, as well as Ward Thomas, double Grammy and AMA UK award winner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Kiefer Sutherland, Ashley Campbell and many more artists for the festival’s inaugural year, June 22 -- 24, 2018.

Black Deer Festival is a totally independent festival headed up by two women Promoters with years of experience in the festival industry and is set to take place in the wondrous natural outdoor location of Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Royal Tunbridge Wells - just a mere 50 minutes outside of London. In an exuberant showcase of Americana, blues, roots, authentic country, folk and bluegrass genres, Black Deer Festival will immerse attendees in the alternative lifestyle with authentic Americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom motorcycle showcases and rooted storytellings from cultural pioneers, cementing itself as the UK’s newest favourite Americana & country festival and one not to be missed.


With a foot on either side of the Atlantic, Irish pop country newcomer Catherine McGrath will be joining Black Deer’s exciting line-up on her way to taking the world by storm. Her debut EP One was a major success taking inspiration from Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Kelsea Ballerini among others. The 20 year old has already made her mark in the industry, going from singing covers in her bedroom to writing with some of Nashville’s finest. With her much anticipated debut album set to drop on July 27th, she figures on all lists of artists to watch in 2018.

Colin Macleod will be bringing a taste of life on a British island to Eridge Park. Growing up on the Isle of Lewis, MacLeod alongside super-producer Ethan Johns, make music that does not let you forget where he comes from. The result is very reminiscent of what Bruce Springsteen would have sounded like if he had grown up in the fringes of Scotland. His atmospheric melodies and powerful instrumentals are sure to dazzle at Black Deer.

Waving the flag for folk rock in this new announcement is Dan Clews. The British singer songwriter was noticed by Sir George Martin who dubbed him “too great a talent to be ignored”, a fact that surprised no one after the release of his first solo album full of Beatlesque melodies, acoustic guitars and lyrics about love and longing. It received support from Radio 2’s country tastemaker Bob Harris as well as favorable reviews from the music press. 2014 saw the Kent-born singer support his second album on a Glastonbury stage, cementing his place in the industry.

The underdogs and underappreciated American band Thomas Wynn & The Believers will be bringing their own brand of classic rock to Eridge Park this year. The 6 piece band from Orlando will be performing their new album Wade Waist Deep, a true depiction of what great American music sounds like. Lead singer Thomas and sister Olivia Wynn will showcase their trademark breathtaking duets, accompanied by grinding guitars and lyrics boasting hope for a better life, bringing their perfectly unpolished sound to Black Deer.

Also joining the Black Deer festival is the critically acclaimed English group Cattle & Cane. The band that likes to keep it in the family is comprised of four Hammill siblings: Joseph and Helen on vocals, Fran on guitar and Vim on Bass, as well as honorary family member Tom Chapman on drums. They will be bringing their fresh and exciting take on modern folk music. Only two albums in and this family affair already has had an impressive musical career having played at T in the Park, Hyde Park for Radio 2, for whom they recorded a live session, and shared stages with the likes of Brian Wilson, The Head & The Heart as well as Tom Odell.

Bringing a mix of folk and country with a healthy dose of 60’s psychedelia is the critically acclaimed singer songwriter Jamie Freeman. Hailed as the “Uk’s very own Americana virtuoso” by Spiral Earth, Freeman will be delivering his roots-rock anthems to the eagerly awaiting Black Deer crowd.


Catherine McGrath, Wallis Bird, Colin Macleod, Josh OKeefe, Keywest, The Graveltones, Dan Clews, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Jeannine Barry, Marc O’Reilly, Treetop Flyers, The Adelaides, Cattle & Cane, Bad Day Blues Band, Dana Immanuel And The Stolen Band, Johnny Cage And The Voodoogroove, Michael Baker, Up, Down, Go Machine, Carousel, Jamie Freeman, My Fine Companions, Devil's Rope and The Orange Circus Band.

Black Deer is now also a proud Keychange Associate Festival, supporting the movement for a 50 / 50 gender split on line ups by 2022 and for our inaugural appearance, we’re paving the way from the get-go having already reached that target. Keychange is a pioneering International initiative which empowers women to transform the future of the music industry and encourages festivals to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance.

“It’s a privilege to sign up and pledge Black Deer to Keychange. We are two female Promoters and a huge amount of our team are females including our Booker Bev and Technical Production Manager Emma, to name but a few. Good ol’ fashioned talent is vital to us and it’s up to us as Festival Promoters to ensure that talent is recognised both on and off the stage and making sure that that talent is both female and male – balance is essential in all areas of life – we will make sure it happens at our festival this year and in the years to come ” – Gill Tee and Debs Shilling, Promoters, Black Deer Festival .

Vanessa Reed, CEO, PRS Foundation comments, "We're delighted that Black Deer Festival is joining the growing number of festivals who've signed up to the Keychange pledge towards gender equality in music. I'm sure we can learn a lot from the impressive team of women who run every aspect of this festival, from technical production to booking and being at the helm of the event."

About Keychange

Keychange is a pioneering European initiative which is empowering women to transform the future of the music industry and encouraging festivals to achieve a 50:50 balance by 2022. Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better and more inclusive music industry for present and future generations. Keychange is led by PRS Foundation, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Musikcentrum Öst, Reeperbahn Festival, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Tallinn Music Week, Way Out West, The Great Escape and Mutek. 

Fancy Camping

If you’re looking to rock up with your perfect home for the weekend ready and waiting, then this part of our world is for you. Set away from the livelier main site, you’ll find this to be a more peaceful and intimate setting. Detailed authentic styling sets the perfect Country and Americana scene – creating a place to stay that offers more than just impressive accommodation. Everything within this fancy camp of ours has been thought of, to give you the most amazing of stays. Options include the Simple Bell Tent, Classic Bell Tent, Deluxe Bell Tent, Luxury Yurt, Gypsy Bowtop Caravan .

TICKETS https://blackdeerfestival.com/tickets/
Tier 1 Day Tickets
Friday - Adult Ticket £40.00, Junior (6-17) Ticket £15.00, Child (0-5) Free
Saturday / Sunday - Adult Ticket £50.00, Junior (6-17) Ticket £18.00, Child (0-5) Free

Tier 2 Weekend Tickets
Adult Weekend Ticket - Including Camping £150.00 Junior (6-17) Weekend Ticket - Including Camping £65.00 Child (0-5) - Including Camping Free

Adult Weekend Festival Ticket - Excluding Camping £125.00 Junior (6-17) Weekend Ticket - Excluding Camping £45.00 Child (0-5) - Excluding Camping Free


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