Celebrating Americana: The Black Deer Festival 2024


As the summer sun casts its golden glow over Kent’s Eridge Park, the Black Deer Festival of Americana is set to bring a slice of American culture to the UK. This unique festival, now in its fifth year, is a testament to the enduring spirit of Americana and Country music, crafted with love and passion by its pioneering female founders. Final chance to buy tickets for this weekend – 14-16 June 2024

A Festival Born from Passion The Black Deer Festival is more than just a music event; it’s a cultural experience that pays homage to the communities, cultures, and storytellers of the Americana world. The festival’s vision, unwavering in its dedication to authenticity, promises an immersive journey through the best of a bygone rural era, now made relevant for contemporary audiences.

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Black Deer 2024 – Day Splits (Final)

A Line-Up That Resonates with Authenticity This year’s festival is proud to announce an eclectic mix of artists headlining the event. Sheryl Crow, Joe Bonamassa, and Rufus Wainwright will grace the main stage, bringing with them the heart and soul of true Americana. They will be joined by a diverse array of talents, including The Shires, BC Camplight, Seasick Steve, Damian Lewis, Courtney Barnett, Jade Bird, and Dylan Gossett, among others.

More Than Music But Black Deer is not just about the music. It’s a celebration of a way of life that is both timely and timeless. Festival-goers can lose themselves in the stories and songs on the Caffè Nero, Holler Country, and Supajam Stages. The Live Fire area offers a feast for the senses, with mouth-watering culinary delights and the warmth of community gatherings.

A Community United by Music and Heritage As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Black Deer Festival, it stands as a beacon for the Americana and Country music scene in the UK. It’s a place where memories are made, where the past and present merge, and where the spirit of Americana is alive and well.

The Heartbeat of Black Deer: Beyond the Music

At the Black Deer Festival, the melody extends beyond the stages and into the very fabric of the festival grounds. Here’s a closer look at the areas that make Black Deer a holistic celebration of Americana culture:

Live Fire Area: A Culinary Adventure The Live Fire area is a gastronomic haven where the primal tradition of cooking over an open flame comes to life. Here, festival-goers can savor the smoky flavors of authentic American barbecue, indulge in Southern-style comfort food, and discover new takes on classic dishes. It’s a place where top chefs showcase their skills, and the air is filled with the enticing aromas of wood-smoked meats and hearty stews.

Caffè Nero Stage: Intimate Performances The Caffè Nero stage offers a more intimate setting, where acoustic strings resonate with the soulful sounds of folk and blues. This cozy corner of the festival is perfect for those seeking a quiet moment to enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to up-and-coming artists and seasoned performers alike.

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The Shires

Holler Country Stage: The Storytellers’ Sanctuary The Holler Country stage is where the narrative heart of Americana beats strongest. It’s a space dedicated to the storytellers, the songwriters who weave tales of love, loss, and the American experience. Here, the lyrics take center stage, inviting listeners to delve deep into the stories that define the genre.

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Prima Queen

Supajam Stage: The Future of Americana The Supajam stage is a launchpad for the next generation of Americana artists. It’s a celebration of innovation within the genre, where young musicians and bands get to showcase their talents and offer a glimpse into the future of Americana music.

On-Site Activities: Immersive Experiences Beyond the stages, Black Deer is dotted with activities that immerse attendees in the Americana way of life. From workshops on instrument making to line dancing classes, from vintage clothing markets to classic American car displays, the festival is a tapestry of experiences that transport you to another time and place.

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A Community Gathering Black Deer is more than a festival; it’s a community gathering that honors the spirit of Americana. It’s where people from all walks of life come together to share in the joy of music, food, and culture. Whether you’re a die-hard music fan or a curious explorer, there’s something at Black Deer for everyone.

The Luminaries of Black Deer: A Trifecta of Musical Brilliance

As the Black Deer Festival 2024 approaches, the anticipation for its headlining acts—Joe Bonamassa, Sheryl Crow, and Rufus Wainwright—reaches a crescendo. Each artist brings a unique aura to the stage, promising an experience that transcends the ordinary concert setting.

Joe Bonamassa: The Guitar Virtuoso

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Joe Bonamassa, a name synonymous with soul-stirring blues-rock, is set to electrify the festival with his guitar prowess. Known for his incendiary live performances, Bonamassa’s shows are described as “accessible, stunning, and heartfelt”. His ability to blend fiery guitar solos with melodic storytelling creates a live experience that’s both technically impressive and emotionally compelling. Seeing Bonamassa in the rustic backdrop of Eridge Park will be like witnessing a modern-day blues legend breathing new life into the genre’s rich legacy.

Sheryl Crow: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Chameleon

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Sheryl Crow‘s performances are a testament to her versatility as an artist. With a career that spans across genres, her live shows are described as “soulful, powerful, and authentic”. Crow’s ability to draw from country rock, folk, and Americana, all while maintaining her rock ‘n’ roll edge, ensures a performance that’s both dynamic and intimate. Her presence at Black Deer is not just a performance; it’s a journey through the heart of American music, delivered by one of its most charismatic storytellers.

Rufus Wainwright: The Poetic Songsmith


Rufus Wainwright‘s artistry is marked by its theatricality and emotional depth. His concerts are hailed as “graceful, extraordinary, and breathtaking”, with performances that are as much about the music as they are about the experience. Wainwright’s ability to convey profound narratives through his songs will resonate deeply with the festival’s ambiance, offering attendees a chance to indulge in a musical tapestry woven with the threads of Americana’s soul.

A Confluence of Stars

The Black Deer Festival’s setting, amidst the natural beauty of Kent’s countryside, provides the perfect canvas for these artists to paint their musical masterpieces. The open skies, the whispering trees, and the communal spirit of the festival amplify the impact of each performance, making it a unique encounter with musical greatness.

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This year, the festival is not just hosting a concert; it’s curating an experience where the legends of music meet the legends of the land. It’s an invitation to witness the alchemy of Joe Bonamassa’s blues, Sheryl Crow’s rock, and Rufus Wainwright’s poetic melodies—all coming together in a symphony that celebrates the essence of Americana at Black Deer 2024.

Join us this weekend at Eridge Park for an unforgettable experience. Let’s celebrate the music, the stories, and the way of life that define the Black Deer Festival. Here’s to five years of staying true to the roots and creating new traditions. Welcome to Black Deer 2024 – where the legacy continues.

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