Black Deer News

Read all the latest news from the festival along with past interviews with some of the artists!

April 5, 2019

It was the first year of Black Deer Festival last year and it was nothing short of epic and this was reflected in the amount of awards they won. So this year I had high hopes for the line up and so far I'm not disappointed. True the line up has diversified and the amount of pure Country artists has some what decreased but we have some top quality acts representing a range of different styles of music. The latest announcement,...

July 18, 2018

One of the highlights for me at Black Deer was Striking Matches a duo who I've been a fan of for a number of years now. I've seen them play live countless times both here and in the States and every time they amaze me because every time they get better and better. Their latest two EPs are quite different from their first album, and the sound they're creating suits the festival circuit to a T. They're a duo who is constantly ev...

July 6, 2018

One of the highlights of Black Deer Fest this year was seeing Sonia Leigh steal the show on the Friday. With two very different performances, one in a writers round and the other a full band headline set on the supajam stage, many came away with a new favourite artist! We knew this was going to happen of course having felt the same way a few years ago when we first heard Sonia at C2C. Her new record Live in London captures the...

July 3, 2018

First of all, you’re well known for playing a songwriter in the programme Nashville but how have you found the transition from being an actor into releasing your own music?

It’s a really nice transition, music has been a part of my life since I was tiny, I’ve been writing songs for as long as I can remember. To have been lucky enough to have been on the show Nashville has given me this fantastic platform to write music, to crea...

June 30, 2018

Sunday began like the previous two days, the sun belting down on the festival site as the bands finished up their sound checks and the food stalls began cooking. After my previous two mac n cheese filled days I decided to have a change and my dad and I split the most delicious pizza! Thomas Wynn and The Believers were the first act on the main stage, they were nothing if not loud and energetic. The band was tight and well rehe...

June 27, 2018

After little sleep, Saturday began the way Friday had ended… with a fabulous set from Sonia Leigh. As a very large crowd gathered and sunned themselves on the grass Sonia took to the Roadhouse stage which was now outdoors, many people had shades on, I’m not sure if that was to shield the sun or to hide the tired, hungover look in their eyes as many partied long into the night at the afterparties. Sonia’s acoustic set saw her p...

June 23, 2018

The opening day of the very first black deer festival went off without a hitch, even the sun put in an appearance! The vibe was perfect, not too crowded but enough people to fill out each stage and create a buzz! After tents were pitched and the field began to look more colourful we entered the arena ground. The food smelt good, there seemed to be something there for everyone including my favourite Mac n cheese! The afternoon...

June 18, 2018

Tonight we have seen a first glimpse of the completed line up with a list of which artists are playing which stage although unfortunately we're not going to get set times until we get to the festival so there will be an element of last minute planning for fans to see the artists they want but that's part of the fun right? See below for the new poster.

June 15, 2018

Sonia Leigh’s career is something to be marvelled at. Her versatility as a songwriter is unrivalled and the hard work she puts in as an independent artist is reflected in the miles she travels and the amount of shows she does year in year out. But more than all of this Sonia is the kind of person who gets along with everybody, she can often be found at the end of a show sharing a smile and a pint with her fans and she’s always...

June 14, 2018

The Sound Lounge Stage will take place on the Friday and Saturday evenings of the festival, June 22nd and 23rd, from 7pm to 10pm. It will spring to life on the Live Fire Stage, which by day hosts cooking masterclasses by a wide range of expert chefs. The line-up for the Sound Lounge Stage across the two evenings at Black Deer is curated by music journalist and broadcaster Paul Sexton, a patron of the Sound Lounge known for his...

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Taste America's Deep South, enjoy demonstrations from Live Fire chefs and cheer on your favourites in a cook out competition! 

Tree climbing, zip wires, den building, art and craft workshops, face painting and guitar lessons... I think there will be a few big kids trying to sneak in some of these activities!

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