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Black Deer Festival 2022 announces first wave of acts

Black Deer Festival have revealed the first artists confirmed for their 2022 line-up with some of the biggest names in live music, including the Belfast Cowboy Van Morrison, Wilco (with this the only UK show of 2022) and perennial legends The Waterboys – with many more announcements still to come.

Other big names include Grammy award-winning Americana icon Lucinda Williams, roots heroes Drive-By Truckers, Irish superstar songwriter Foy Vance and returning festival favourites The Dead South.

It has been a challenging two years for the independent festival, but organisers are finally be able to invite ticket holders to book a place at Eridge Park from 17th-19th June 2022 for what promises to be one of the biggest & best weekends of Americana the UK has experienced in many years.

In 2020 the festival organisers were left with no option but to roll over for 12 months – but were once again devastated when the 2021 event was recently cancelled just days before they were due to open their gates. Despite two cancellations, the festival has been widely supported by the UK’s media and with an overwhelming sense of community behind them, the Black Deer team are even more fired up and raring to go for next year’s event.

Showcasing music of an independent spirit across multiple stages, exquisite live-fire cooking, layers of custom motorcycle culture and a curated marketplace of artisans and makers, the award-winning Black Deer is a family destination festival with a community ethos.

Also joining the 2022 line-up are The Milk Carton Kids, The Felice Brothers, The London African Gospel Choir interpreting Paul Simon’s Graceland, The Secret Sisters, Irish Mythen, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, John Smith, Talisk, Emily Barker, Caroline Spence, and Amy Montgomery – with many more artists still to be confirmed.

Alongside a stellar musical program, the festival is excited to be welcoming back a highly anticipated line-up of Live Fire chefs who will be cooking up a storm in the Live Fire Arena thanks to the skills of Grillstock founders Jon Finch and Ben Merrington.

Chefs announced include CountryWoodSmoke’s Marcus Bawdon, Hunter Gatherer Cook’s Nick Weston, Hang Fire Southern Kitchen’s Sam Evans & Shauna Guinn, and chef and acclaimed best-selling author Genevieve Taylor with many more yet to be announced.

In 2021 Black Deer Festival was proud to be gifting 1,500 tickets to NHS and key workers as a gesture of gratitude and thanks for the incredible work and sacrifice made by so many during the pandemic, with many of the Black Deer team having been personally impacted by their care. The initiative will roll over to 2022 with a commitment to welcome 1,500 NHS and key workers as guests to the festival.

Ticket link Tickets for the Black Deer Festival are now available to purchase

Black Deer Website https://blackdeerfestival.com/

Gallery of images 2019 https://photos.blackdeerfestival.com/2019/gallery/


“As lovers of Americana and roots music we’re thrilled to be playing Black Deer Festival and looking forward to making some magic in the country with you.” – Mike Scott, The Waterboys


“We are so thrilled to be heading back to the UK and to be bringing the rock show to the Black Deer Festival! See you all very soon!” Drive-By Truckers 


“I have heard nothing but praise about the Black Deer Festival and if it lives up to its reputation, it’ll be a blinder.” Foy Vance


Van Morrison


The Waterboys

Lucinda Williams

Drive-By Truckers

Foy Vance

The Dead South

The Milk Carton Kids

The Felice Brothers

The London African Gospel Choir interpreting Paul Simon’s Graceland

The Secret Sisters

Irish Mythen

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis John Smith


Emily Barker

Caroline Spence

Amy Montgomery

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