Published: 09:31, 13 March 2021
| Updated: 20:35, 25 March 2021
More acts for the Black Deer music festival have been announced and include singer and songwriter Frank Turner.
The American and country music festival, based in Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, will be the first major live music event in Kent after lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Originally planned for the three days from June 18 to 20, it is now scheduled for June 25 to 27.
The line up includes Belfast Cowboy Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant’s latest collaboration Saving Grace with Suzi Dian, Irish singer and songwriter Imelda May and emerging UK Americana artist Jade Bird.
Joining the 2021 line-up is Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Ward Thomas, The London African Gospel Choir interpreting Paul Simon’s Graceland on its 35th anniversary, Talisk, Emily Barker and Lady Nade. However, American alternative rock band Wilco are no longer on the bill.
The family festival, which caters for 20,000 people, includes multiple stages, live fire cooking, layers of custom motorcycle culture and a curated marketplace of artisans and makers.
Gill Tee and Deborah Shilling, co-founders of the festival, 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.
"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!"
English punk and folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner said: "I am excited beyond words to be getting back into the live saddle again, playing with my band to a real audience - after the year we've had, it's an incredible feeling.
"It feels good to kick off with an independent festival as well. I can't wait!"
Robert Plant added: "This looks like a great bill. I've worked alongside most of these people in recent times... over here or over there... there's power and beauty. Looking forward to it..."
More acts are still expected to be announced.