Already boasting a remarkable lineup featuring the very best Americana & Country acts from around the world, Black Deer Festival are delighted to reveal that Sarah Darling, Jess and The Bandits, Robert Vincent, Steak, O&O, Noble Jacks, Jay Scott, Ilona, Tally Spear and Katy Hurt 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 stunning names for the festival’s inaugural year. Black Deer Festival is an independent festival headed up by two women Promoters with years of experience in the festival industry and is set to take place in the wonderous natural outdoor location 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. 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. Winning over the American public as a top-three finalist on E! Entertainment Television’s The Entertainer, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sarah Darling embodies the fundamentals of country music as her distinctively svelte vocals takes her sound soaring to another plain. Achieving critical acclaim from notable Country music stars such as Brad Paisley, Darling has released several masterful albums featuring notable singles such as ‘Jack Of Hearts’, ‘Where Cowboys Ridge’ and the breathtaking ‘Home To Me’, which became her first single to debut on U.S Billboard chart. Following this success, Sarah Darling has performed live on major US television programs such as Conan, Fox & Friends, and ABC’s The Bachelor - to name a few. Darling’s self-coined Dream Country sound is destined to captivate listeners and take them on a whimsical ride back to Nashville when she appears at Black Deer Festival. Storming both the United Kingdom and the United States, Jess and The Bandits are a well-recognised force in country music - notably winning Best Video at the British Country Music Awards for their mischievous video ‘My Name Is Trouble’. Citing Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell as musical influences, flame-haired Texas native Jessica Clemmons has led her group of virtuoso bandits to stages all over the world, and in June they are set to touch down in Eridge Park for an upbeat and animated liveshow. Lauded by Radio 2’s country tastemaker Bob Harris as ‘the real deal’, Robert Vincent epitomises the all-encompassing spirit of Americana. Vincent, hailing from the sleepy British coastal town of Crosby but now based in Liverpool, gained notoriety due to his brilliantly melancholic fusion of country and blues, paired with honest lyricism. Known for extensive touring, the unsuspecting americana visionary won Album Of The Year with his sophomore release ‘I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins’ at the UK Americana Awards this year and closed the special reboot of the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test Live: For One Night Only with a stunning live performance that he is sure to emulate at this year’s Black Deer Festival. Set to transform Eridge Park from UK countryside into a vast Californian desert landscape are London riffslingers Steak, whowill be bringing their doom-lauded hard rock to Black Deer Festival this June with a more stripped back set in our Roadhouse. The raucous rock mob earnt the respect of audiences around the UK following their thundering tour supporting John Garcia of Kyuss fame, Steak are an unmissable act for those needing a dose of heavy over the Americana weekender. Following their first encounter at Paul McCartney’s prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), Colorado-native, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Obadiah Jones, and Israeli vocalist, Orian Peled formed O&O and have since travelled the globe in pursuit of musical success. Describing their sound as Fleetwood Mac meets The Civil Wars, the duo are set to showcase their intimate and americana-tinged harmonies when they take to the Black Deer Festival stage. Jay Scott is set to satisfy the Black Deer audience as he delivers his personal and enthralling blend of indie and americana, which caught the attention of both Sony and Warner Music respectively. Also joining the Black Deer Festival line-up and proving the universal appeal of americana music is Bulgarian-born ILONA, known for her powerful country-pop performances featuring dulcet vocals. Her musical career has seen her jam with Ed Sheeran, support Dire Straits’ John Illsley, Newton Faulkner and Black Deer Festival headliner Passenger as well as finishing a residency at the majestic Downtown Grand in Las Vegas - she is set to take 2018 by storm following months of songwriting between London and Nashville. Following a relentless touring schedule, Noble Jacks have drawn impressive crowds all across the UK with their high-energy rhythms and alt-rock sensibilities. Set to cause a storm at Black Deer Festival, Noble Jacks are among the many acts not to be missed! Acoustic singer-songwriter Tally Spear takes inspiration from musical icons such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, allowing her to create unique folk-pop stories from her time in London’s Greenwich Village. Armed with a revolutionary musical style, the 22-year-old is set to turn heads at Black Deer Festival in June. Katy Hurt is stirring up a storm in 2018 and willl be doing the same at Black Deer, with a highly anticipated EP on the way, produced by renown musician Murray Pulver. 2017 saw Katy at over 100+ shows, impressing fans with the honest lyrical content of country and raucous vocals of southern rock. Radio 2’s Paul Sexton described her as “One of the most exciting prospects on the burgeoning country scene, a vivacious and magnetic performer…Check her out whilst you can still get to the front row”. Sarah Darling says; “I’m absolutely over the moon to be playing the first Black Deer Festival with some of my favorite artists! It’s going to be a magical weekend!” Jess And The Bandits say; “The UK festival scene is so vibrant and unique. There’s no other country in the world that does it the way you guys do! That is why we are so excited about the concept behind Black Deer, and absolutely thrilled to be a part of it. The lineup is incredible, and I know it’s going to be a weekend to remember. See y’all there!” Robert Vincent says; "I'm excited to be a part of the great line up for Black Deer Festival, especially after seeing the mix of peers and friends. Black Deer looks to be showing the way in Americana & country festivals, and it's an absolute pleasure to be involved." Ilona says; "I am thrilled to be playing at the first ever Black Deer Festival. It's going to be an amazing experience performing as part of this very special weekend." Tally Spear says; “So thrilled to be a part of Black Deer festival this year, playing alongside such a strong line up and celebrating the genre of music that has inspired me since day one!”
Gill Tee - Promoter; “Having been in the music industry for many years, producing events for other people, I am proud to finally take a giant step to having a festival of my own. Set in a beautiful part of the world, that I know and love, with a genre of music that holds so many memories for me, is really exciting as well as extremely challenging. I hope that Black Deer can bring to a wider audience, all the love and warmth that I feel about about our festival. All the characters who make up our wider team, have the same ethos. We are all working together to ensure that, anyone who steps foot into the world of Black Deer, will want to come back for many years in the future.” Deborah Shilling - Promoter; “Black Deer is the coming together of all the things I love and value in life. Things that all have one thing in common - authenticity. From real Americana & Country music, honest wholesome food & drink, to the raw beauty of the great outdoors – where the experience of being a mum to two young boys has allowed me to be part of designing a natural playground full of family fun and adventure.
But more so, I love that feeling of being part of a community. And that’s what Black Deer is all about for me – bringing passionate like-minded people together, through authentic good times.”