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Black Deer Festival 2019: Band of Horses announced as the first headliner

The first wave of artists has also been revealed.

Band of Horses
Credit: Interscope Records

Band of Horses have been announced as the first headliner for the award-winning Black Deer Festival 2019.

The three-day Americana and Country festival, which takes place at Eridge Deer Park in Kent, will return from 21st to 23rd June 2019. Band of Horses are a globally revered act that have released 5 studio albums and hail from South Carolina. Their hits include The Funeral, Marry Song, Detlef Schrempf and No One’s Gonna Love You.

Alongside the Band of Horses announcement, the first wave of acts have also been announced. Australian roots and rock band John Butler Trio will making a rare UK appearance and Northumberland’s Jade Bird will be bringing her soulful rock to the festival.

Other artists announced include Canadians The Dead South, Nashville-based Atlanta-born sisters Larkin Poe, American Roots star Ryan Bingham, Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist Chance McCoy, Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito and bluegrass covers band Hayseed Dixie.

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The festival will also welcome folk star John Smith, roots and blues artist Martin Harley, 17-time-Blues-Music-Award-nominee Watermelon Slim, fiddle playing showman Gordie Mackeeman & His Rhythm Boy, duo Worry Dolls, Irish Mythen, singer-songwriter William Crighton and the Bob Harris endorsed Morganway.

Alongside the music, Black Deer will celebrate the the rich cultural heritage of Americana with a Live Fire, BBQ from the world’s best chefs, a Smokehouse Cooking Cookout Competition, Food Demos, Gospel Brunch, Renowned Chefs in tow, Vegetarian & Vegan Campfires and Craft Beer.

The Roadhouse stage will be back and will 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.

Black Deer Festival’s partners for 2019 are The Americana Music Association UK (AMA UK), Orange Amplification, Desertscene, Barons Speed Shop, Supajam and Tunbridge Wells Forum.

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