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NEWS: Following COVID-19 developments, Black Deer Festival announces event will now take place in 2021 with large number of acts reconfirmed (including headliners)

In light of the recent Covid-19 developments, independent Americana festival Black Deer Festival announce that this year’s planned event, which was set to be held from 19th – 21st June 2020 at Eridge Estate, Kent will now take place 18th – 20th June 2021. They have also confirmed next year’s line-up with many of this years’ acts reconfirmed for next year and some exciting new additions.

Americana pioneers Wilco, new collaboration Saving Grace featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian, UK legends The Waterboys, Canadian bluegrass hipsters The Dead South, Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May, Grammy-nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids and UK troubadour Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and folk rockers The Felice Brothers have all reconfirmed to play the festival in 2021. There are also many exciting additions proving there’s a whole lot to look forward to in 2021. Roots music heroes Police Dog Hogan, Caroline Spence, Birds of Chicago, The Lost Brothers and Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are the first new names to be announced for Black Deer 2021.

Gill Tee and Deborah Shilling, Black Deer Festival Co-Founders said:

This announcement has taken longer than we hoped but what was so important, other than the obvious safety of our community, was to do everything we could to make sure we were able to recreate the same excitement for our line-up in 2021 that we were all looking forward to at Black Deer Festival this year. We’re incredibly grateful for the support of the artists and their teams in working with us to secure a line-up for 2021 equally as amazing as 2020. In addition to Wilco, The Waterboys, Saving Grace featuring Robert Plant, The Dead South, Imelda May and many more, we’re beyond excited to announce more roots heroes such as Police Dog Hogan, The Lost Brothers and welcome back the uplifting Powerhouse Gospel Choir to deliver what we know will be the best weekend celebration of Americana & Country the UK will have ever seen.

Also announced today are the first names for the infamous Roadhouse Stage, curated for a second year by Desertfest promoters, Desertscene London. The Roadhouse is set to welcome the likes of ASG, Prosperina, Black Rainbows, Gorilla, Black Orchids and Lead Desert Blues to the stage. The Powerhouse Gospel Choir, a major highlight of the festival last year at the inaugural Gospel Brunch, are also set to return to the deer park next year.

The festival has offered current ticket holders the opportunity to roll over their ticket to 2021 and receive an exclusive limited-edition Black Deer T-shirt, transfer their ticket to a keyworker, or apply for a ticket refund. All ticket holders will be contacted directly by Black Deer’s ticket agency partners via email within the next three days to confirm how to activate their preferred option. 

With some members of the Black Deer team having been personally affected by the pandemic and having seen first-hand the incredible work and sacrifices made by so many, they have decided to show their gratitude and thanks by inviting 1,500 NHS and key workers as guests to Black Deer Festival 2021.

Please see link to official announcement here.


Annette Gibbons
Hi, I’m Annette, I have been a huge country music fan since the early 90s those were the days we were lucky enough to have CMT in the UK. I enjoy nothing more than listening to country music whilst having a cold beer (or a moonshine) with friends. I try to as many gigs as I can here in the UK and in the USA; I think of Nashville as my second home and I am lucky to have made some amazing friends in Tennessee. Think Country is something I am very proud of, I just want to share my love and passion of all things country music related with you all.
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