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Black Deer Festival announces first names for 2020 line-up

Black Deer Festival has announced the first 14 artists who will be performing next year.

This will be the Tunbridge Wells-based festival's third year, and the organisers have an eclectic line-up sure to excite fans of Americana, country and folk.

The Lowly Strung at the Black Deer Festival last summer
The Lowly Strung at the Black Deer Festival last summer

Wilco is one of the names topping the list. Based in the south of England, Jeff Tweedy and his band's new album, Ode to Joy, came out last month and they are sure to bring their American roots to the festival.

The Waterboys will also grace the Black Deer stage - a band known for their genre-hopping mix of roots-rock music. The group shot to fame inn 1985 with the album This Is The Sea, including chart-topping hit The Whole of The Moon. They have since had critical acclaim for their 2019 album Where The Action Is.

Canadian folk and bluegrass ensemble The Dead South will be bringing their gritty banjos and guitars back to Black Deer following their impressive performance last year. A band that stay true to fans, they are known for their partnerships with ethical ticket sellers. As well as releasing their third album Sugar & Joy last month, the four-piece has been recently been touring Europe and the US.

Grammy nominated folk duo The Milk Carton Kids will be heading down to Black Deer from Eagle Rock, California. Previous winners of the Americana Music Association Group of the Year, the pair toured alongside Mumford & Sons earlier this year and have been compared to Simon & Garfunkel.

Another artist visiting from across the pond is Arizonian Courtney Marie Andrews. Leaving her home town at just 16 to travel around the world, the singer-songwriter gathers inspiration from her personal experiences, as well as from Motown, Soul and Rock music.

Band of Horses play Black Deer Festival last summer. Picture: Chris White
Band of Horses play Black Deer Festival last summer. Picture: Chris White

From New York City Subway gigs in the early days to performances at Bonnaroo Festival and massive headline tours, New York natives The Felice Brothers have also been announced for Black Deer.

Other performers who have also been announced are: The Secret Sisters, Jack Broadbent, Irish Mythen, Madison Violet, The East Pointers, Midnight Skyracer, Amy Montgomery and Native Harrow.

Founders of Black Deer Festival, Gill Tee and Debs Shilling, said: "We’re both so excited to reveal the first set of artists for Black Deer 2020.

"We’ve listened closely to our passionate audience and are proud to be bringing them not only the artists they already love, but artists they’re going to love.

"The loyalty our fans have shown us is just incredible and we’d like to thank everyone who bought a ticket without even a single name being announced.

Black Deer Festival last summer
Black Deer Festival last summer

"Heading into our third year, there’s an ever-growing sense that we’re building something very special and our team are working hard to deliver the best Black Deer Festival yet.

"There’s established names such as Wilco and The Waterboys, returning heroes like The Dead South and Irish Mythen and exciting emerging talent in Courtney Marie Andrews and Native Harrow in this first announcement.

"We can’t wait to add to this great line-up over the coming weeks and months and are looking forward to seeing everyone enjoying the atmosphere in our spectacular deer park next June."

Thousands enjoyed the laidback festival vibes with an Americana flavour for the second Black Deer Festival last year.

The three-day event increased its capacity to 10,000 after its inaugural first year's success in Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells.

Early bird tickets are now on sale.

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