Black Deer Festival: Dates, venue, line-up and all you need to know about Americana and country fest

Black Deer Festival: Dates, venue, line-up and all you need to know about Americana and country fest
Robert Plant will be performing at the festival (Getty Images)

The Black Deer Festival has announced additional acts for its 2021 line-up. It is hailed as one of the exciting new Americana and country music festivals that is "on a mission to not only bring real roots-inspired music to the UK, but also the way of life," according to their official website.

This year's three-day event taps in a number of special acts for its stellar line-up, including Van Morrison, Frank Turner, Robert Plant and more. Here's all you need to know about this year's event.


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Van Morrison performs during the 18th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference at Ascend Amphitheater on September 14, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee (Getty Images)



The Black Deer Festival will kick off on June 25, 2021, and wraps up on June 27, 2021. The festival always opens at the start of summer by tying in with the summer solstice weekend.


You can purchase your tickets via the official website here.

What is the Black Deer Festival?

Black Deer Festival is an independent award-winning Americana and Country music festival that is set in the wild and historic Eridge Park in Kent. The event brings in more than 70 roots-inspired artists to perform across five unique stages. According to Festicket, the 2021 event will showcase "unforgettable Main Stage performances to rowdy roof-lifting sets at Haley’s Bar Stage, and heavier blues-rock at The Roadhouse Stage to intimate songwriter sessions at The Ridge Stage". Attendees will also get to enjoy live music that will be scattered throughout Black Deer’s spectacular outdoor setting. 

Several critics have shared their love for previous festivals. Paul Curran of Radio 4, said, "Loved the vibe at the festival and it was so well organized and relaxed – great music, bars and food too! Tweeted the hell out of it and happy to recommend it."

"Black Deer was homely and friendly and, well, just fun. And its undulating weald setting was so utterly beautiful it took my breath away when I arrived…" said UK Festival Guide. Mary Harris, a reporter for Kent Live said, "I think I have found my people! I’m obsessed with Black Deer Festival in Tunbridge Wells."

Music fans soak up the atmosphere as Frank Turner performs live on the Main Stage during day three of Reading Festival 2011 on August 28, 2011, in Reading, England (Getty Images)


Speaking about this year's festival, organizers said, “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," according to NME. "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!"


Black Deer is also praised as a family destination with a community spirit. "It’s a festival built on a love of the great outdoors, the best in Live Fire and BBQ cooking, the counter-culture of custom-built motorcycles and skilled artisans, and all other things authentically Americana," reads a description by Festicket. Other amenities/activities included in the 2021 fest will include "kids adventures," a gospel brunch, smokehouse cooking, demos and masterclasses, and more.

Check out the poster below.




Here's a list of the currently confirmed artists who will perform at the 2021 Black Deer Festival.


Van Morrison
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Saving Grace featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian

Other acts

Foy Vance
Band Of Skulls
John Smith
Wildwood Kin
Declan O’Rourke
William The Conqueror
Bess Atwell 
Imelda May
Jade Bird
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Ward Thomas
Jordan Mackampa
Police Dog Hogan
The London Gospel Choir interprets Paul Simon's Graceland
Ben Ottewell
Declan O'Rourke
Irish Mythen
Native Harrow
Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra
Emily Barker
Amy Montgomery
Elephant Tree
The Goat Roper Rodeo Band
Steve Smyth
True Strays
Lady Nade
Dylan Earl
Judy Blank
Mountain Caller
Black Orchids
Isabella Coulstock
Lead Desert Blues
David Migden & The Twisted Roots

For more information on Black Deer Festival, visit the festival’s official website here.

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